Game, activity drive for pediatric patients is Friday

As part of De-Stress Week, the UNMC Omaha campus will hold a donation drive for the Nebraska Medicine pediatric patient unit on Friday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UNMC ice rink Those who provide a donation valued at $10 or more will receive a UNMC scarf (while supplies last).

“Being a kid in the hospital – anytime, but especially during the holidays – to put it simply, stinks,” said education services-hospital teacher Lisa Gulseth. “Having books, games and different activities for our patients to utilize during their stay makes the time go more quickly. To help lower the spread of infection across patients, all our books, games and activities are for one-time use. Therefore, we go through items quickly.

“Our department is grateful to the campus community for providing a drive to help us restock these items for our patients.”

A list of preferred donations includes:

  • Board books – any title
  • Chapter books – Dog Man, Dork Diaries, I Survived
  • Games – Connect Four, Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Trouble, Monopoly
  • Card Games – UNO, Phase 10, Skip-Bo, regular playing cards
  • Kid and adult coloring books
  • Play-Doh brand Play-Doh
  • Crayola crayons (24 count)
  • Markers – thin or regular
  • Colored pencils
  • Eight- to 10-piece and 100- to 300-piece puzzles (kid friendly scenes)

Cash donations will be accepted.

If anyone wishes to donate but is unable to drop off a donation during this time frame, reach out to Kelsey Scroggin.  

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