Marian University Presents for Pediatrics collects over 1,000 gifts for hospitalized children

January 18, 2017

Presents for Pediatrics 2016The fourteenth annual Marian University School of Nursing and Health Professions Presents for Pediatrics campaign has collected more than 1,000 gifts for children in Wisconsin hospitals.

Each holiday season, Marian University Student Nurses Association (MUSNA) collect toys, DVDs, books, games, activity sets and other gifts, and deliver them to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Neenah. The gifts, either donated gifts or purchased through monetary donations, are donated to the hospitals’ pediatric units.

“This project is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience,” said Nancy Noble, associate professor at Marian University and 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.

Marian University was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wis. The institution has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the state, and strives to live its core values as a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice and joined together by spiritual traditions. Marian offers undergraduate, adult, master’s and doctoral degree programs at its main campus and in facilities throughout Wisconsin.