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Last week I posted about working on a Sunday morning and how it didn’t matter, knowing that I was doing something special. Well the work I did last week, paid off earlier this week at an incredible event at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Our WARRIORS this week (and every for that matter,) are the incredible people who work so hard in this hospital (and all hospitals) to comfort the children and families dealing with very difficult experiences.
It’s hard to think about anything but the fun parts of the holiday season, the shopping, the gift giving and receiving, the parties, the treats, etc.. It’s hard to think about families that have to deal with challenges and heartache, like a sick child in the hospital during the holidays. This past Monday, the staff, along with a very generous donor, created a holiday party for all of the sick kids and their families. It was hard to maintain my composure when one by one children were wheeled in, some of them connected to more ports and IV’s than you can imagine. Watching the kids light up at the sight of the huge tree, or the awesome crafts at the tables, or hearing the accapella group Voices of Gotham sing holiday songs, made it worthwhile.
But of course the feel good moments didn’t end there, because I still haven’t told you why Totem Tamers was there! The incredibly generous sponsors of this event learned about Totem Tamers and decided that this was the perfect gift to give to the children and their families to help them cope with their hospital stays and/or visits. Every patient and their siblings at the holiday party was able to pick out a Totem Set of their choice. One sweet boy was there to visit his brother who was unable to leave his room to attend the event, he was clutching his little stuffed puppy as his mom encouraged him to check out the Totems. I knew he would choose Bulldog for himself, but he was more excited to be able to pick Shark for his older brother who was upstairs waiting for him. And there were many more….
The WARRIORS that I met that day ranged from nurses, to doctors, to Child Life Specialists, whose job it is to provide support to the patients and their families while in and even out of the hospital. I also met the volunteer coordinator who talked to me about the need for volunteers, especially in a children’s hospital where families can’t always be there with the children at all times. If you want to know more about volunteer opportunities at, visit www.nyp.org/volunteer and you can become a WARRIOR, too!
To learn more about Totem Tamers, please visit our site at www.totemtamers.com.