FOND DU LAC, Wis. - The eleventh annual Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions' Presents for Pediatrics campaign has collected more than 500 gifts for children in Wisconsin Hospitals.
Each holiday season, Marian University Student Nurses Association (MUSNA) collects toys, DVD's, books, games, activity sets and other gifts and delivers them to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Neenah. The gifts, either donated or purchased through monetary donations, were given to the hospitals' pediatric units.
"This project is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience," said Nancy Noble, associate professor and co-advisor of MUSNA. "The nursing students are able to experience the positive impact this project has on children and their families. The donations from students, faculty and friends of Marian will help to make the holidays a little brighter for children who will be spending time in the hospital."
Presents for Pediatrics focuses on children who are suffering from an acute or chronic illness during the holidays. The children are separated from friends and family and are in a new and often frightening environment. The Presents for Pediatrics project seeks to be a positive distraction from hospital life for the patients and families. Even the littlest gift - a board game, an art kit, or a stuffed bunny - can bring smiles to faces that are often in the midst of major life challenges.
MUSNA members delivered gifts to children in several Wisconsin Hospitals, including at Agnesian Healthcare. Pictured are (L to R) Michelle Ries, events coordinator at Agnesian HealthCare Foundation; Rebecca Mueller; Abby Roskopf; Nancy Noble, associate professor of nursing at Marian; and Emily Ries.