June 05, 2018
In preparation for summer, area 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Venetia Elementary School put sick children first. During the final days of the school year the students put together a toy drive for the pediatric patients at Orange Park Medical Center. Their donations varied from games, crafts, bubbles, chalk and more.
Catherine Cashore, School Official said, "We would like to make the experience of having to go to the hospital during the summer a little more enjoyable for kids in our area."
Orange Park Medical Center and Park West ER treat nearly 5,000 children in the ER each summer. "It's refreshing to see that other children are thinking of sick children before taking off for the summer," said Steven Goodfriend, Emergency Services Medical Director.
"It can be a scary time for kids when they have to visit the ER. This will give us something to help ease their anxiety while we treat them back to health."