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Nurses go beyond the ‘call of duty’ to bring joy

Posted on Dec. 17, 2020 ( comments)

No matter how you celebrate the holidays, this season is about spreading joy and expressing gratitude. During a typical year, the Medical/Surgical Shared Leadership Council at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital meets monthly to discuss shared goals and process improvement and to raise funds for staff appreciation, acknowledgement and more. When it was decided that COVID-19 would prevent them from having their typical celebrations, the group took the opportunity to bring cheer by donating to Toys for Kids.

Toys for Kids is an annual community fundraiser that has provided gifts for children with life-limiting illnesses and their siblings for 30 years.

 “We naturally love kids. We're naturally givers, because that's the work that we've been called to do,” Mary Bridge Children’s Nurse, Lori Neptun, shares. “But it's nice, especially at a time of year like this, when we can be intentional and give back.”

With the money they raised throughout the year and with additional holiday fundraising and staff donations, the Mary Bridge Children’s nurses were able to purchase gifts for seven different kids — going above and beyond the call of duty.

Hayley Jones and Regan Smith, two nurses on Mary Bridge Children’s medical/surgical floor, volunteered to shop for each of the seven kids during the annual Toys for Kids Shopping Night on December 8.

“Time especially is something most everyone can donate to make our community better,” Hayley says. My favorite part of the experience was matching all the toys and gifts to each of the kids. Working off their lists and running around like crazy for two hours trying to find what they’d like. This specific cause is so important because every kid deserves to be a kid and have the holidays be special and magical.”

The whole team had so much fun that they’ve already committed to raising funds again next year.

“I hope that besides feeling excited and happy that the family feels a little relief and like some of the pressure was taken off their shoulders,” Chair of the Shared Leadership Council and Mary Bridge Children’s Nurse, Zahra Niazi, says. “I'm really, really proud of the work that we've done, and I think ending this year, on this note — I think we lifted everyone's spirits, our staff included.”

You can keep the Toys for Kids tradition alive by giving a gift for 2021 at

About The Author

Kortney Scroger

Kortney Scroger is a communication specialist for the MultiCare Foundations. She writes stories that connect readers to the impact of giving. You can reach her at [email protected].

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