The fifteenth annual Marian University Presents for Pediatrics project collected more than 2000 gifts for children in Wisconsin Hospitals. Each holiday season, Marian University Student Nurses Association collect toys, stuffed animals, DVD’s, 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.
Presents for Pediatrics focuses on children who are suffering from an acute or chronic illness during the holidays. The gifts, either donated gifts or purchases through monetary donations, are donated to the hospitals’ pediatric units. The hospitalized children are separated from family and friends and 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. These gifts bring some happiness to children who are in the midst of major life challenges.
“This project is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience,” states Nancy Noble, Associate Professor 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, staff, and faculty and area businesses help to make the season a little brighter for children who are in the hospital during the holidays.”