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Mt. View students deliver cheer to kids at Good Samaritan
A tiny gift of crayons made all the difference for 2-year-old Logan during his recent stay in the Mary Bridge Pediatric Care unit at MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.
As a way to give back, Logan’s grandmother Nancy organized a toy and crayon drive at Puyallup’s Mt. View Elementary School, where she works.
To rally support, Nancy invited Good Samaritan Nurse Cara Mason and Nurse Manager Joan Chappell to an assembly to talk to students about what nurses do, and how donations have a positive effect on young patients during their hospital stay.
The small school with a big heart responded in a huge way.
Mt. View collected more than 800 toys, rocketing past the original goal of 320.
ASB students delivered the toys and crayons this month to Good Samaritan Hospital, where young patients like Logan will feel comforted thanks to the generosity of other kids.
The story behind the donation begins on Super Bowl Sunday, when 2-year-old Logan wasn’t feeling well.
“Everyone in the house had nasty colds,” said Logan’s mom, Mandy. “Logan was having shortness of breath and his heart was really racing. We took him to an urgent care, and he tested positive for RSV. Later that night, we took him to the ER.”
Logan didn’t get better right away, and was admitted to the Mary Bridge Pediatric Care unit at Good Samaritan.
“Then we found out he also tested positive for pneumonia,” Mandy said. “He got numerous breathing treatments, but he also needed fluids because he wasn’t eating or drinking.”
Logan was in the hospital for six days. During his stay, nurses brought him crayons so he could do something to get his mind off of being so sick. Their extra effort made a difference for not only Logan, but for the whole family.
“It was a bad experience, but good at the same time. We were treated so well,” said Mandy. “It was actually sad to leave because we started to think of the nurses as family.”
During Logan’s stay, the family learned that many of the items given to patients are bought by staff out of their own pockets, so Grandma Nancy wanted to do something to help.
“It was a scary time for him in here,” Mandy said. “It was so nice to see that other people cared so much.”