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Fourth grader gives Santa a helping hand

December 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

When West Boulevard fourth grader Savannah Cohn made out her list for Santa, she included extra presents that she could give to children in the hospital so they would have resents for Christmas. Her mother, Jessica Cohn, told her she didn't need to ask Santa to do that. She told her daughter they could do it on their own.

Along with the help of family members, Savannah was able to purchase and donate close to $200 in toys to Akron Children's Hospital. Those toys were delivered on Dec. 10.

"Savannah is always willing to help out less fortunate children and she wanted to make sure the children at Akron Children's Hospital (ACH) received Christmas gifts," Jessica said. "She makes us proud that she would come up with this idea all on her own."

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West Boulevard fourth grader Savannah Cohn shows the extra presents that will be under the tree for the children at Akron Children’s Hospital this year. Savannah knew that Santa would need a little help and she was willing to step upand make things happen.

When Savannah showed up with her donation, she was met by members of the Volunteer Services Dept. at ACH. Members showed Savannah where they store the toys and donations and explained where the donations go.

"The toys are given to patients in our emergency room, surgery department, outpatient lab and radiology, and children admitted to the hospital," said Volunteer Supervisor Jamie DeMain. "Volunteers and staff give patients a toy for a variety of reasons; a reward for doing a good job with a test or procedure, to distract them or just to brighten their day. When a child receives a teddy bear or when a volunteer plays a game with a patient it changes their attitude their toward hospitals and the staff and helps their recovery."

The tour was very informative for Savannah to see how her donation was going to be distributed to the hospital. Savannah said that she would love to continue to donate to the hospital in the future. DeMain said it is important for young people to understand what giving is all about.

"It's important for children to learn the importance of giving when they are young," DeMain said. "It teaches them they are part of a larger community and that we are all responsible for those around us."

To view the hospital's wish list, visit the webpage:



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