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Grant Students Collect Stuffed Animals for Children in Hospital

Thirty students made pillow and collected animals for the pediatric unit at Presbyterian Hospital.

Students in the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) at Grant Mid-School presented 56 handmade pillows and stuffed animals for Halloween to the pediatric unit at Presbyterian Hospital last week at the school’s Family Resource Center.

The project was started by seventh grader Jessica McKnight, who was assisted by about 30 students who participate in the school’s SHAC. The students worked for almost two months on the pillows and Halloween creations.

“We thought it would be nice for the young patients to have these little stuffed monsters in their pockets while they are at the hospital,” McKnight said during the presentation last Tuesday.

Student Sunny Darley, a sixth grader, attached a message to the pillow she made that included her name and address so she could initiate a pen-pal relationship if one of the patients wanted to do that.

"We are so appreciative of Presbyterian Hospital's support of Grant Middle School's student project and for visiting with Grant students and staff at the Youth Development, Inc. (YDI)-Elev8 New Mexico Family Resource Center," said Ruth Williams, public policy director for YDI-Elev8 New Mexico.

Rebecca Armstrong, director of the hospital’s Child Life Program, accepted the handmade items on behalf of Presbyterian.

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