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Mineola, NY – Winthrop-University Hospital’s Child Life Program is the fortunate recipient of a random act of kindness from the William Rall Elementary School in Lindenhurst. Recently, staff and members of the school’s Random Act of Kindness Committee visited the Hospital to donate over 150 books accompanied by Pay It Forward bracelets, and new infant clothing collected by students for patients in Winthrop’s Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center.

The school’s Random Acts of Kindness Committee teaches children the importance of doing something kind for others without expecting something in return. Each month, students participate in a random act of kindness to benefit others. Students in kindergarten through grade five participated in the initiative by collecting new books and clothing for patients at Winthrop. The Pay It Forward bracelets, which were donated by Charley Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah-based supplier SnugzUSA, reinforce the concept of giving by serving as a reminder to do something good for others. When one receives a “thank you” for an act of kindness, the bracelet is then passed to the recipient of the goodwill gesture to encourage them to “pay it forward” by doing something nice for someone else.

“William Rall Elementary was glad to help Winthrop-University Hospital by donating books, Pay It Forward bracelets and clothing to young patients,” said Illyse Tynan, Chair for the Random Acts of Kindness Committee at William Rall Elementary School. “It is overwhelming to see the love and compassion that Winthrop’s Child Life Specialists have for the young patients and it is our hope that this donation helps the staff in their continued efforts to meet patients’ needs.”

To minimize a child’s fear and reduce the stress associated with the Hospital experience, Winthrop’s Certified Child Life Specialists address the unique emotional and developmental needs of hospitalized children through supervised play, recreation, age-appropriate answers to questions, education and emotional support. They also work with parents to help them gain a better understanding of the experience.

To request Pay it Forward bracelets, send e-mail to Charley Johnson at: For more information about Winthrop-University Hospital and its world-class programs, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Representatives from the William Rall Elementary School in Lindenhurst recently visited Winthrop-University Hospital's Hagedorn Pediatric Inpatient Center to deliver new books, Pay It Forward bracelets and clothing collected by the students for patients. Pictured (l.- r.) are Nicki Adams, Certified Child Life Specialist at Winthrop; Dawn Logullo, Co-Chair of the Random Acts of Kindness Committee; Chris Connell, fifth grade teacher, and Stacey Bressi, third grade teacher, at William Rall Elementary; Illyse Tynan, Chairperson for Random Acts of Kindness Committee; and AnnMarie DiFrancesca, Director of Winthrop's Child Life Program.

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