Earlier this year, six Garden City Girl Scouts devoted their time and skills to help brighten the days of patients and their families at Winthrop-University Hospital.
Sarah Wu, KateAnn Henneberger, Katherine Gage, Nicole Ferraro, Victoria Ferraro, and Kristen Curley spent hundreds of hours sewing and making hundreds of "Surgi Dolls" for the Hospital’s Child Life Program. The local Girl Scouts, members of Garden City Girl Scout Cadet Troop 1149, led by Eileen Harrington, also recruited the help of friends and family by distributing doll-sewing kits, and worked with a junior Girl Scout troop who helped stuff the dolls. Surgi Dolls are used for therapeutic medical education and play - they can help clinical staff prepare a patient for medical procedures, and patients can give the dolls faces to illustrate their own feelings.
Garden City Girl Scouts (L-R) Sarah Wu, KateAnn Henneberger, Katherine Gage, Nicole Ferraro, Victoria Ferraro, and Kristen Curley made and donated hundreds of surgical dolls to Winthrop’s Child Life Program.
"We depend on donations such as this throughout the year to help us provide educational, creative and emotional outlets for all of the children that we work with," said Nicole Almeida, MS, CCLS, Director of the Child Life Program at Winthrop. "The time and energy the group put into making these dolls are appreciated, and the children here at Winthrop and parents benefit year-round from their generosity."
For more information about the Child Life Program at Winthrop, call 1-866-WINTHROP or visit www.winthrop.org.