A presentation about the Foundation’s Pediatric Trauma Program (PTP) sparked interest among the members of the Kiwanis Club of Rancho Murieta, many of whom are or have been in the medical field. That’s why throughout the fall and winter months of 2019, the club crafted and supplied 200 trauma dolls to emergency rooms at their local hospitals with assistance from a PTP Grant from the Cal-Nev-Ha Children’s Fund.
With the help of Key Clubbers, who renamed the dolls “comfort buddies,” the club sewed and packaged 200 comfort buddies to be given to children undergoing treatment in their local emergency rooms. “[We are] giving them an object to comfort them and give them a sense of control as they make the doll ‘their own’ by using the included markers,” said Bronwyn Anthony, coordinator of the PTP team of the Rancho Murieta club. “The dolls will also assist medical personnel in helping children to understand medical procedures.”
The project was a massive success for the club! The comfort buddies were met with a very positive response and excitement from the hospitals, including nursing staff at Mercy Folsom Hospital. The local newspaper River Valley Times even featured the club for their generosity and service. The club is hopeful to continue this project in the near future!