Halloween 2012 for the Hospital’s children was a rousing success!! Once again in tandem with the Child Life Department, Pathology employees gave generously to our pediatric and adolescent patients. All the trick-or-treat items were handed out — and we do mean all!!
The Core Lab overnight shift put together about 125 bags which went directly to the units last Friday for the sick kids unable to trick or treat. From the day shift’s faculty, fellows and staff, there were kid-size items that included finger puppets, beaded necklaces, and small lollipops (a mega hit), that were part of the treat table. There were 90 bags from Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology stuffed with Matchbox cars, coloring books, Webkinz, jigsaw puzzles, bubble blowguns, Rubik cubes, colored pencils and crayons, fairy wings, stuffed animals, M & M candies, and finger puppets. Surgical Pathology collected a great amount of toys and other fun play items which were a huge hit, as well! There were lots of trick-or-treat bags filled with assortment of things geared for teenagers, and you could just see how thrilled they were! There were bandanas, puzzles, glow bracelets, journals, jewelry, Rubik cubes, Sudoku, crossword puzzle books, and notepads.
One could see how tired the kids were until they fully embraced the idea that there was a special toy there waiting just for them, including the Minnie Mouse coloring books for the little girl dressed up as Minnie Mouse, the Avenger puzzle for the 6-year-old boy dressed up as Captain America, and the fairy wings for the 4-year-old girl dressed as Tinkerbell! Many of the girls were able to pick something out in their favorite color from the disco ball necklaces, large skate key rings, bandannas, pencils, finger puppets, or light-up finger rings, and more. The boys were thrilled with the stretchy lizards, mini-deck of cards, and the shark tooth necklaces.
Everyone who made a contribution brought something special to these kids! There are too many people to name who played a part in the Halloween festivities – there were so many donations from so many people across Pathology.
Special kudos to Lorraine Blagg, Theresa Cantone, Jean Lavelle, Paula Mister, Karen Wittler, Maisha Cron, Georgina Pillainayagam, and Gay Vergara who so generously gave of themselves to help create a Happy Halloween for the kids.
May we continue to bring cheer and Halloween fun to our very special young patients in the years to come!!