It’s affectionately become known as the “hat tree,” and its branches have managed to positively impact the lives of both the donors and recipients of the headwear it so proudly displays. “We go through 500 or more hats per year, and winter is our busiest time,” said Jodie Gossard, patient service representative for Akron Children’s […]
For more than 20 years, Tim Walters and the Akron/Canton Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (CPCU) have been quietly donating holiday gifts to patients at Akron Children’s Hospital. The gifts don’t arrive in the still of the night rather on a scheduled December morning after the group finishes their annual shopping trip at Toys “R” Us.
Canfield High School junior Max Lee wants to both entertain and inspire Akron Children’s patients who he encounters as part of a new volunteer initiative he helped establish. Max, a participant in the hospital’s Teen Outreach program, plays keyboard in the outpatient registration waiting room on the Beeghly campus for an hour each week.
Girseal Dixon has spent a lifetime raising and working with children. She’s been a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a foster parent, a school lunchroom aide, a daycare owner and a scout leader. And each child, she says, has been a blessing. Now Dixon is the Beeghly campus’ first “Foster Grandparent,” a pilot program launched […]
Both Monica Zackeroff and Marijo Lendak started volunteering at Akron Children’s Beeghly campus after retiring from their respective careers. They love interacting with the kids in the hospital and doing other tasks assigned to them.
Volunteerism and Akron Children’s Hospital go together like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese. They’re better together.
In fact, volunteerism is at the very core of the hospital’s culture of caring and the foundation on which it was built 125 years ago.