Thursday, August 14, 2008
Donating the gifts
We had a long day yesterday. Starting at the hospital at 9 am by 3 pm Kevin was pretty tired. We loaded up one and half wagons with the presents for the St. Jude treasure boxes. Kevin got a little frustrated with the wagon he was pulling and his lack of energy showed when there were some tears, but we stopped and rested and in typical Kevin fashion he was able to muster more strength to carry on. They have never had a child donate their birthday presents before so the social worker wasn't sure how to handle the situation at first, but she lead him from each clinic pulling out each treasure box and letting him fill it up. Toward the end Kevin asked Scotty to help him load up the treasure boxes, fill the Friday toy wagon in radiation (Kevin's favorite when he was in radiation months ago). In the MRI clinic Kevin and Scotty filled the cabinet up and their was a 9 year old little boy who was actually in the MRI during our fill up who was going to get to choose from the cabinet they just stocked. The cabinet was pretty picked over when we first arrived and lots of good things went up on those shelves. In assestment triage, where all of the kids get their blood work, labs and weight checked, some of the nurses came out to clap for Kevin as he and Scotty filled the treasure box. It was aparent that this treasure box gets used often as it was almost empty. It was full when Kevin and Scotty where done.
I am really proud of both Kevin and Scotty kindness. Scotty gave away one of his new prized game pieces to a little boy at the hospital who was having a really rough time in B clinic waiting area and he is giving his gameboy to the same little boy next week after Mike brings it today from Michigan. I am really proud of Kevin and how kindly gave away toys he would have gladly played with being able to find joy in making others happy.
Here are some more pictures:
Our first stop B clinic
Assessment Triage treasure box almost full!
The halls of radiation clinic with our favorite child life specialist, Amy!
Getting ready to fill the Friday Toy wagon!