Around 500 toys were donated to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's Pediatric Unit on Thursday as a way to help children stay calm throughout various procedures they may be going through while at the hospital.
Florida-based charity Christ's Starfish Foundation donated six boxes and a bag full of toys for patients ranging from infant age to teenagers.
Child Life Specialist Mandy Lanier says her position, which is aimed at helping children remain comfortable and distracted during their hospital stay, is brand new and she started with zero toys. Lanier says after hearing about Christ's Starfish, which donates toys to hospitals throughout the year as well as on Christmas day during a large drive, she contacted them to see if they had any available donations.
Lanier says the toys will truly make a difference in the experience children have while at the hospital and it's crucial to try and keep a sense of normalcy for the kids, which is possible thanks to the donation.