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Childtime Families Donate Comfort Items to PICU

February 27, 2012
ChildTime 2012

(R-l) ChildTime director Peggy VanElls, with Mix 106.5 deejay Reagan Warfield, Jen Thompson and Sapna Kudchadkar, M.D.

This winter, the Childtime Learning Center in Ellicott City, Md., made Hopkins Children’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) the recipient of its "Kindness Counts" initiative, promoted by PBS SPROUT.

“I thought it was a wonderful idea,” says Sapna Kudchadkar, a Hopkins PICU physician, whose daughter attends the center. “Our patients are critically ill and many arrive under sudden circumstances. Comforting items help allay their anxieties and help these children make the transition to recovery.”

When asked about suitable items for PICU patients, Kudchadkar referred center director Peggy Van Ells to PICU nurse manager, Claire Beers. Beers suggested such items as rattles and other stimulation toys for the infants and books, DVDs and art supplies for the older children.

“When we told everyone –  from staff to our families and children – what we wanted to do, and what was needed, the donations poured in,” says VanElls.

She and Childtime's assistant director, Jen Thompson, delivered the bounty of new items to Hopkins Children’s on Friday, Mar. 2, the final day of the 2012 Mix 106.5 FM Radiothon to benefit the hospital.

Hopkins Children’s PICU provides state-of-the art care to children and young adults with life-threatening acute illnesses and injuries and those recovering from major surgery. 

To donate items to the PICU or funds toward the purchase of PICU equipment or ongoing research designed to improve outcomes for critically ill children, contact hopkinspicu@jhmi.edufor more information.