Patients at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital get grant to go on toy shopping spree

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – It was a dream day for patients at Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, striking out on a shopping spree to fill their playrooms with brand new toys.
Child life specialists joined a few patients who got the opportunity to hand select $9,000 worth of toys.
They got this opportunity through a $7,500 gr ant from Walmart, because one of its road managers credits Palmetto Health with saving his now 17-year-old daughter's life when she was an infant.

State Farm and the Solomon Law Group stepped in with an additional $1,500 dollar donation, meaning patients got to pick out an endless supply of Play-Doh, Legos and My Little Ponies.

"Sometimes when they feel the yuckiest, and they do not want to get out of bed and its everything we can do to get them to wake up and sit up in bed, if we have the right thing in the playroom, that can get them to sit up in bed for the first time to come down and play," said manager of child life services Christy Fink.
Through that play, Fink says kids process, learn and cope, which helps them make a significant step forward in their healing process.

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