Elementary Students Pay It Forward with Gift to GCMH

GRUNDY CENTER - Thanks to the efforts of a local elementary class, young children who are cared for at Grundy County Memorial Hospital's emergency room or admitted as an inpatient will receive a "Be Brave" bag. The elementary students of Mrs. Katie Lechtenberg began fundraising to purchase the items for children last fall, and delivered their age-appropriate bags to the hospital this week.

"The bags contain items that every child will appreciate, and will make the experience of being in the hospital less frightening and stressful for our youngest patients," says Jody Schipper, RN, Director of Nursing. "The fact that the bags are full of both toys and personal hygiene items make them the perfect gift for our youngest patients."

The class used several new skills in carrying out their project - for instance, they wrote letters requesting funds to purchase items for the bags, they selected the items they thought young children would find comforting, and they wrote thank you notes to those who provided financial help for their project. Mrs. Lechtenberg says the project has been a great learning experience.
"We're so happy these young students thought of other young children who might face a hospital stay," says Schipper.  "Many thanks go to teacher and students for a job well done!"