St. Peters Children’s Hospital Visit

On Sunday, December 15, 2013, members of the Woodbridge Township Professional Firefighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 290 visited the Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick. The firefighters spread some holiday cheer to the children hospitalized for the holidays with smiles and of course toys. The members of Local 290 learned of the Child Life Program through Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital. The Child Life Program was established to provide a comfortable experience for patients and their families by lessening the trauma of illness. This program provides young patients with play and other special therapies during their stay. The firefighters surprised more than thirty nine children, ranging from infant to sixteen years old with age appropriate gifts. The leftover toys were donated to the pediatric unit for use in their playroom. Tom Nebus, a career firefighter in Woodbridge Township’s Fords section led the holiday spirit brigade by arranging the event with hospital officials and his brother firefighters. “Prior to the event, we were told there were 52 beds on the unit, the age range of the patients currently occupying those beds and went shopping for some toys,” said Nebus. “This was our first year doing this event and we are already planning for next year. This was a rewarding experience for all involved.” For more information on the Child Life Program, visit: www.SaintPetersHCS.com/Child-Life-Program
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