Friday, October 22, 2010

Donating Toys on Monday!

The portable dvd player we ordered online (from the cash donations) came in the mail we'll take it and all the toys donated at Gavin's Party to the Children's Hospital on Monday. (thank goodness, because I'm tired of policing them from Olivia!)

If you didn't get a chance before, you can still drop off a toy donation this weekend! Just stop by whenever!

Even just one little baby rattle can make a WORLD of difference to a little child and their family that is stuck in the hospital for a long period of time. We used to anxiously await the Child Life Specialist's visit to Gavin's room so we could pick out a new toy for him to play with.

Its especially hard for babies and toddlers because they are stuck in their crib all day and all night. (you don't exactly want them playing on the FLOOR! ugh!) If they have anything contagious, they aren't even allowed to go to the playroom. And worst of all, most of the time you can't even go outside, either because its too hot, there isn't a child play area, or you don't have permission from the doctors.

We spent a whole week stuck in a tiny hospital room with Gavin one was really hard. All he could do was watch dvds or play in his crib. (That's why wagon rides were the BEST- he could actually leave the room!!!) But unfortunately, most of the babies at the hospital don't have parents with them all day and night, so they are just alone in a scary, new place. The nurses can't be with them all the time, so they have to just leave them in their rooms crying. We would hear little ones crying all day and all night and calling for their Mommy and Daddy, and it just broke my heart.

So if you're able, we'd love to take your toy donation to the hospital when we go! :)


Erin said...

You are wonderful Bethany. I got your gift today! How perfect for little Lily! I really love it, it's going in her room. Tempted to take it up to the NICU but don't want it to get ruined. That scipture is why we chose her name so it couldn't be more perfect. thank you so much.

{ Bethany } said...

As soon as I saw it I thought of Lily and HAD to get for you. I hope you're holding up, and when you're not, I hope you have people nearby to comfort you. I know what goes on alone in your room isn't easy, but you are doing an amazing job of being positive and trying to appreciate what you can.


Melody B. said...

Oh my gosh, that is SO sad. They'd be alone? I can't imagine how hard that must have been for the parents to leave their child there alone. SO SAD!