Plan is to replace toys taken from pediatric wing
Toys keep disappearing from the pediatric wing of Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Some walk out the door with kids when they leave, others just vanish. It creates a problem for the kids still in the hospital, who often need something to take their mind off the reason for being admitted.
“There’s hardly anything for the kids to play with,” CMC-Union Excellence and Satisfaction Council chair Kelli Smith said. “The things we do have get snatched anyway.” Smith, a nurse on the pediatric wing, added that most of the remaining toys are just those things not easily taken, such as wagons.
To help solve the problem, Smith organized a “Toys for Angels” drive, running from June 6 to June 19. The hospital is asking for donations from employees and the public. Because of the condition of some of the patients, who are more susceptible to disease, only new toys will be accepted.
“For a child, spending time in a hospital either as a patient or while visiting a loved one can be stressful,” Smith said. “The toys collected will allow us to better serve our smallest patients and visitors and will hopefully be a bright spot for these children in an otherwise stressful situation.”
Smith said the hospital had a wide variety of toys they were looking for, including books, puzzles, board games, blocks, small cars, action figures, rattles, blocks, stuffed animals, dolls, craft kits, pin wheels, stickers and electronic hand-held games.
Donation bins are stationed throughout the hospital in various breakrooms, so they can be monitored. Smith said hospital officials couldn’t place them out in the open, afraid the donations would end up like the other missing toys in the unit.
“It’s sad, but that’s the world we live in,” Smith said.
Residents can drop off donations at both walk-in desks, in the main lobby and the Outpatient Treatment Pavilion lobby between 8 a.m and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.