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Donations Comfort Young Patients

Community news | Friday, March 9, 2018

Prairie du Chien, WI – The Pediatrics Team at Crossing Rivers Health recently accepted a variety of donations to provide comfort to young patients who visit the emergency, operating, or inpatient rooms at the medical center in Prairie du Chien.

“On behalf of the Pediatrics team at Crossing Rivers Health, we are incredibly grateful for the kindness and generosity from the Monona Jr. Feeders and the Partners of Crossing Rivers Health. These donations help children better handle fear or anxiety they may experience during a hospital visit. Items like books, toys, coloring books, pillows and blankets provide comfort and help children relax and heal,” stated Heather Fulks, Registered Nurse and member of the Crossing Rivers Health Pediatrics team.

Last fall, the Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H club approved the idea to create fleece blankets as a community service project. Approximately 20 4-H members and 10 parents created 50 blankets in just four hours.

“Several of the kids have been patients themselves and remember the comfort they felt when receiving a blanket,” stated Beth Henkes, Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H Club Leader and Registered Nurse at Crossing Rivers Health. “They really enjoyed picking out all the fun patterns and are proud to provide support to young patients during their hospital stay.”

Partners of Crossing Rivers Health, the volunteer member organization with a primary mission to assist in meeting the health care and wellness needs of our community, provided toys, coloring books and crayons, and hand-made teddy bears, pillows, and blankets for children because of their sincere desire to make their stay as comfortable as possible.

“Partners of Crossing Rivers Health feel their greatest reward is knowing they are helping others and making a difference,” added Shawna Atterbury, Crossing Rivers Health Volunteer Services Coordinator. “They hope their donations help to ease anxiety and bring some comfort to young patients during their stay at Crossing Rivers Health.”