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Posted: December 17, 2013

Wal-mart Toy Drive a passion for Carolin

Several times a year Carolin Hockley, a member of the Wal-mart Charity Team, brings her passion for fun to East Kootenay Foundation for Health by spearheading a toy drive to help stock the Pediatric Toy Closet at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.

In days gone by, a stock of toys was available for kids to play with. However, in this day and age there is concern for the transfer of infectious diseases from those toys. Back in 2008, the EKRH Toy Closet was created thanks to Sara Jolie and some of her fellow registered nurses on the unit. Now when a child spends time in the hospital (pediatrics, emergency, ICU or day care), a new toy can be selected from the Toy Closet to be taken home.

When Carolin learned of the opportunity it took no time to create some excitement amongst her teammates and the public. This past Friday, Wal-mart hosted a table encouraging the donation of toys or financial support to purchase items on the customers’ behalf.

After a very successful day the Toy Closet at EKRH is brimming with games, stuffies and other items that are sure to bring a smile to the faces of a child.  East Kootenay Foundation for Health wishes to recognize Carolin and Wal-mart for their generosity in making a child’s visit to the hospital much brighter.

Happy holidays and thanks to all of you who so generously supported this fundraising event!

Above photo: Carolin Hockley (centre) is joined by EKFH volunteers Pat Bailey (left) and Sara Jolie, RN (right) with the new Toy Closet mascot Snowy the Coca Cola Bear looking on.


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