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BCH pediatric patients warm to caring community

 
September 20, 2021
 

By Mike Weland

Danielle Larsson
Danielle Larsson began working as Boundary Community Hospital's Community Relations and Marketing Director last spring after Lauren Kuczka's retirement, and she's working now to revive interest in an old community project that's fallen by the wayside as well as to revitalize another, in hopes of once again bringing comfort to young children and other patients and bringing joy to the hearts of those who take part.

She's heard that a local sewing group had, some time past, provided warm and colorful pediatric blankets for use both in the hospital and aboard county ambulances. While there are plenty of blankets available in both settings, they somehow don't seem as warm or comforting to young patients as those "special" blankets made by the hearts and hands of neighbors.

Veryl Lindsay 
And not only do they help ease fears at a trying and anxious time scary for children hurt or sick and suddenly thrust into a busy, often scary and unfathomable world of doctors and nurses, medics and noisy machines, but after, as they can go home with the child to cuddle with, perhaps to one day become their special super hero cape or that magic blanket so necessary to tuck in a special doll not feeling at all well.

The second program is still giving, but Danielle would like to see it thrive once again.

The Veryl Lindsay Memorial Fund was established by the Lindsay family through the Fry Healthcare Foundation to purchase stuffed animals for Emergency Department patients or family members, children hospitalized for care, or dementia patients who need comfort.

Patients are still receiving stuffed animals thanks to the fund, established in memory of registered nurse Veryl Lindsay, who cared for Boundary Community Hospital patients from 1954 to 1986, but much of the support it once enjoyed has waned over the years.

Because of infection prevention protocol resulting largely from COVID-19, the hospital isn't able to accept stuffed animals, but the Fry Foundation can accept monetary donations through the Veryl Lindsay Stuffed Critter Memorial Fund to purchase locally new stuffed animals properly packaged to me stringent safety standards.

A fund brochure is available here, and checks can be mailed to Fry Healthcare Foundation, 6640 Kaniksu St., Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

While subject to the same standards, blankets can be made safe in the hospital laundry prior to being distributed to young patients. Groups or individuals interested in making blankets to donate can learn more by calling Danielle at (208) 267-6912 or by email at danielle.l@BCCH.org.

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