About two years ago, Callie Aversano was brought into the emergency department at Hunterdon Medical Center, MyCentralJersey reports. During her stay there, she was given a Barbie doll to help her feel better and make the stay in the emergency room a little easier.
Callie really appreciated the gesture and decided to give back to the community. She wants to help other children feel better and make their stay in the hospital a little more pleasant.
Helping others with stuffed animals
This is how she started to collect and donate stuffed animals to the medical center. So, last year she held her first toy drive at the Francis A. Desmares School in Raritan Township. She collected and donated 83 stuffed animals. All of them went to the emergency department where Callie was.
So, this year she held her second toy drive at the school. This time she collected 111 stuffed animals and donated them all to the emergency room. Hence, her new goal now is for next year’s toy drive. Callie says she wants to surpass the number of stuffed animals and donate even more.
She and the local medical groups note, that donations are accepted at any time throughout the year. Hunterdon Healthcare encourages local groups or schools to donate new toys or stuffed animals to the Emergency Department. For more information, call 908-788-6157.