When Dr. Church heard that Carol Cain was looking for good homes for the massive doll collection she and her mother had accumulated, the Children’s Hospital doctor asked if some of them could be donated to the sexually abused children treated at Children’s Hospital, as well as to the Children’s Advocacy Center. Ms. Cain was so moved by Dr. Church’s work with abused children that she donated her entire collection of 205 dolls to our hospital and CAC. “For the children to have something they can hold and hug after it’s all over – it can be a very positive influence that lasts beyond the clinic,” said Dr. Church, who serves on the CAC board. Members of the Cain family unloaded two truckloads of dolls when they arrived at Children’s Hospital.
Publix Super Markets in the Chattanooga area is encouraging customers to make a donation at the register for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The campaign will help provide needed treatment, services, equipment and charitable care to sick and injured children treated at Chattanooga’s only children’s hospital.
2013 marks the 21 years that Publix associates and customers will rally to help hospitals like Children’s Hospital at Erlanger through the purchase of $1, $3 and $5 icons at store checkouts. In addition to helping fund a variety of life-saving treatments and services, Publix customers can receive valuable in-store coupons as an incentive for their donation.
“No one understands the importance of local giving and impact better than Publix customers and employees, and no one is more deserving than children who enter a hospital for critical treatment,” said John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals president and CEO. “We’re thrilled that with new supermarket openings over the past year, Publix is now able to help 21 of our member hospitals, including Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, provide the absolute best in pediatric care.”
Visit http://www.publix.com to locate your nearest market and to help make miracles for kids this spring.
About Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
Children’s Hospital, part of the Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the region’s only Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center, the highest designation in the state. Children’s Hospital has physicians in virtually every pediatric subspecialty and region’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Level III Neonatal Intensive Care unit provides the region’s highest level of care for premature and sick infants. Children’s Hospital is affiliated with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.
About Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 158,000 employees, with 2012 sales of $27.5 billion. Currently Publix has 1,069 supermarkets in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 15 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit the company’s website, http://www.publix.com.
About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at http://www.CMNHospitals.org.
Erlanger Health System and Erlanger/Sodexo Food and Nutrition Services recently collected and donated the equivalent of 6.2 tons of nonperishable food and cash to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank during the annual 2013 Servathon Food Drive.
According to Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Services Department, $2,381.10 and 510 pounds of food were collected during the food drive. Erlanger employees and associates formed more than 20 teams for collecting the food and cash donations over a two-week period in May.
Darling presented the donations to Buck Gentry, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, at the close of the Servathon Campaign on May 22. “The Chattanooga Food Bank was very pleased and appreciative of the results. The donations will go a long way to providing food to over 20,000 local residents of Chattanooga who utilize the food bank each and every week,” Darling said.
Over the last six years, the annual Servathon Food Drive at Erlanger has resulted in the equivalent of 100,000 pounds of nonperishable food donations to the local Chattanooga Area Food Bank.
Servathon photo 1:
Buck Gentry, left, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, accepts a $2,381.10 check from Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Service Department. The Erlanger/Sodexo annual Servathon Food Drive donated the equivalent of 6.2 tons of food and cash to the Chattanooga Food Bank.
Servathon photo 2:
Members of the Erlanger /Sodexo Food Service Department celebrate the success of the group’s 2013 Servathon Food Drive with Buck Gentry, Chief Financial Officer of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, left, and Jonathan Darling, General Manager of the Erlanger/Sodexo Food Service Department.
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Even though early registration has past, local cycling enthusiasts and Children’s Hospital at Erlanger supporters still have an opportunity to participate in the inaugural Cycle for Miracles event at Enterprise South on Saturday, May 25 beginning at 8 a.m.
This year’s event is sure to please people of all cycling levels from a short 15-mile ride to a non competitive 30- or even 60-miles through flat and scenic terrain.
Just by registering for the event, all participants will be entered in two prize drawings. Two winners will either be rewarded a custom-fit M1 bicycle from Litespeed or a one-week bicycle trip for two in Ireland provided by BikeToursDirect.
Registration fees are now $40 for the 15-mile ride, $50 for the 30-mile ride and $60 for the 60-mile ride. Not only will those who register for the event be eligible for the generous donations, special incentives will also be available for those who go the extra mile to raise additional funds for Children’s Hospital. For $250, participants will receive a signature Children’s Hospital training jersey they can wear during the event. Other categories include access to VIP Miracle Team Tent or a chance to ride with some of the pro-cyclists who are joining us during Cycle for Miracles.
Contributions raised during the Cycle for Miracles event will go directly toward funding services at Children’s Hospital to care for sick and injured children in our region.
Children’s Hospital Foundation would like to thank the following for their support of Cycle of Miracles: USA Cycling, Volkswagen, United HealthCare, Outdoor Chattanooga, Litespeed Bicycles, BikesToursDirect, ScenicCity Multisport, WRCB-TV, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Capital Bank, TAC Air and Tazikis.
To participate in the event or to register for either the Litespeed bike or BikeToursDirect Ireland trip, go to http://www.usacycling.org. To create or track participant’s fundraising efforts for Cycle for Miracles, please visit http://www.cycleformiracles.org. You can also call 423-778-2679 for more information.
Both the 15- and 30-mile rides are incorporated into the 60-mile route. There will be different turnarounds for those distances.
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Despite Mother Nature’s decision to rain on one of the most exciting outdoor events in Chattanooga, participants in the Children’s Hospital Dragon Boat Festival on May 4 did not seem to mind. They already had plans to get wet.
With over 1,000 participants, 51 teams raced in authentic 41-foot long Chinese boats at the Chickamauga Dam to compete for the fastest team in the region. Together, they raised over $230,000 for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.
“We are very grateful for so many participants and spectators who came out in the cold and pouring rain to support the hospital’s mission,” said Ali Cobb, Erlanger Health System Foundations Annual Giving Director. “We have such a wonderful community that believes in our services and the medical care our staff provides every day to sick and injured children in our region.”
Congratulations to all the fundraisers and teams that participated.
Chattanooga, Tenn. – Kohl’s Department Store has announced this season’s newest fundraising items are The New York Times Book Review Children’s Picture Book Best Seller of 2008, The Pout-Pout Fish, The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark, coordinating plush toys and matching tote bag. Local proceeds from these sales go to Children’s Hospital to support educational and safety events sponsored by Kohl’s Safe and Sound Program.
Now through the end of June, Kohl’s Cares is featuring the beloved Deborah Diesen books and products for just $5 each.
According to her website, Ms. Diesen describes The Pout-Pout Fish as a fun, rhyming picture book about a gloomy fish who discovers that being glum isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors, playful language, and engaging characters make the story perfect for sharing at home or at school. Children of all ages love Mr. Fish’s transformation from a pout-pout fish to a kiss-kiss fish, and the story of The Pout-Pout Fish is all but guaranteed to turn a cranky child’s pout (or even a grown-up’s pout!) upside down.
Kohl’s has been a proud partner of Children’s Hospital since 2006 donating $292,114 to educate the public about pediatric healthcare and safety. Kohl’s has raised more than $208 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition, Kohl’s Cares features a scholarship program, which recognizes more than 2,100 young volunteers with a total of $410,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 500,000 associates have donated more than 1.2 million hours of their time since 2001 and Kohl’s has donated more than 1.6 million hours of their time since 2011. Kohl’s has also donated more than $47 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.
When the Safe and Sound Program at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger received a request for bicycle helmets for a Bradley County school, little did the staff know just how important the helmets would be for some very special students.
Several months ago, parents and teachers from Waterville Elementary paused to remember how very fortunate they were after the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Several other schools and homes in the area were damaged by the storms, and children are still traumatized by signs of inclement weather. However, some students can feel a little safer the next time there is a tornado warning at their school.
School nurses Reyne Pohl from Waterville Elementary and Dorothy Philips from Taylor Elementary had an idea that would eventually help protect special education students during a tornado warning.
“We have 27 students between the ages of five and ten years old who were unable to protect their heads with books like the other students in their school,” said Ms. Pohl. “We did not have enough staff to help hold books over their heads during tornado drills, and they were left unprotected.”
The nurses contacted Cathy Jennings with the Children’s Hospital Ronald McDonald Care Mobile whose medical service outreach in Bradley County created a safety partnership between the school system and the hospital. Coy Ellis, Children’s Hospital Safe and Sound Coordinator, was asked if Safe and Sound could donate bicycle helmets so the children could wear them during a tornado warning.
“We have a wonderful relationship with our regional outreach,” said Ms. Jennings. “We uncovered a need, and it spoke volumes to see it answered so quickly.”
After the helmets were delivered, they were labeled with each student’s name. When there is a warning, the student or teacher will go to the closet, retrieve the helmet, and make sure each helmet is snug on the child’s head.
“We labeled them with the child’s name so they will fit properly,” said Ms. Pohl. “And, if something happens to the child, he or she can be easily identified.”
The children recently participated in a mini drill to test the new policy with the bicycle helmets. The teachers and parents thought it was a huge success, and are extremely grateful for the support from Children’s Hospital.
“This was just one step further in keeping the children safe while at school,” said Ms. Pohl.
“It was one of the most creative ideas we have heard in a long time,” said Mr. Ellis. “I am looking forward to working with other schools in the region to provide this same service.”