‘A little ray of Sunshine’ delivered to Ipswich Hospital
SICK children and families being treated at the Ipswich Hospital have been delivered a special gift this week.
A basket overflowing with festive food and essential personal items has been given to the Children's Sunshine Ward by the team at Goodstart Redbank Plains Early Learning Centre.
The kindergarten children helped put the hamper together and hand delivered it as part of a special excursion.
The charitable initiative not only brightened families' day, but taught the kids a valuable lesson in contributing to community and general goodwill.
Acting Nurse Unit Manager Karen Freed said seeing all the children's bright faces as each one carried in a different item to donate was enough to brighten the mood.
"It's a lovely gesture," Ms Freed said.
"Often parents are reluctant to leave their child's bedside, especially with the little babies.
"It was really nice and thoughtful to receive the donation."
The hamper included toothbrushes, tea bags, biscuits microwave meals as well as toothbrushes, shampoo and soap to help families through.
Goodstart Centre Director Melissa Beacock said each year at Christmas the centre tries to do something 'special and meaningful' to give back to the community.
"We appreciate this time of year can be challenging for those families who may be experiencing hardship or are experiencing other difficult circumstances, so organising a fundraising appeal or collection is just one small way we can help," Ms Beacock said.
"The Ipswich Hospital Foundation does a wonderful job to support and care for people and families in our local community and we are so pleased Goodstart is able to help contribute to the important service they provide.
"There are many parents and carers who stay at the hospital either short or long-term to be close to their children.
When we found out they don't receive any food or other personal items during their stay, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to collect items that would be practical and potentially could bring some comfort and pleasure to them over the festive season," she said.