Egg-Stravaganza to Benefit Hospital's Child Life Group
MADISON - "Egg-Stravaganza," a charitable drive conceived by two Madison assisted-living facilities to benefit American Family Children's Hospital's Child Life program and the hospital's young patients, was announced in the fifth floor kids' playroom Wednesday.
Michael Bangs, executive director of Meadowmere, accompanied colleague and community relations organizer Jill Bayer to deliver a slew of plastic eggs to the Children's Hospital. Those eggs will be filled with small toys donated by local businesses and members of the community and assembled by residents of Meadowmere and Sunny Hill Health Center, the second facility contributing to the endeavor.
The residents supplying the metaphorical yolks for the plastic eggs have dubbed themselves "The Humpty-Dumpty Club."
"We're always looking for opportunities for our residents to get involved in the community," Bangs said. "They still have a lot to give and the Children's Hospital is a great cause. It will be a good intergenerational activity for them and it will be a lot of fun."
Financial contributions to bolster the work of the Child Life staff, who help children and families maintain normal living patterns and minimize fears during hospitalization, are also being accepted as part of Egg-Stravaganza.
The first delivery of eggs is scheduled for April. Those interested in contributing may send small toys or financial contributions to American Family Children's Hospital, Meadowmere of Madison (5601 Burke Road, Madison) or Sunny Hill Health Center (4325 Nakoma Road, Madison).
|Meadowmere's Jill Bayer gives eggs to patient Bailey||
Patients Bailey and Nevaeh play in the egg basket
|Bailey and Neveah with their mothers, Chere and Shirelle||Michael and Jill prepare for egg delivery|
Date Published: 04/30/2009
News tag(s): children