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Candy grams benefit Child Life

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At the College of Allied Health Professions, gratitude isn’t just a feeling; it’s a tradition. This past November, faculty and staff had the opportunity to share their appreciation for their coworkers through Thanksgiving Grams, a heartwarming initiative that not only spread joy within the college but also made an impact on the lives of children at in the hospital at Nebraska Medicine.

For just $2.00, members of the college could order a Thanksgiving Gram with candy bar for a colleague, complete with a thoughtful message to express their thanks. As November unfolded, desks and offices were adorned with these small tokens of appreciation, serving as reminders of the strong sense of community within the college.

The impact of these Thanksgiving Grams reached beyond the walls of the college, though. This year, funds raised after the initial purchase of candy were directed toward buying games for Nebraska Medicine Child Life and Family Development. Amidst the ongoing pandemic, hospitals have had to adapt to new protocols, including restrictions on shared items like community games. As a result, children receiving treatment at the hospital are now required to take games home with them, leading to a need for more games.

Thanks to the generosity of those who participated in the Thanksgiving Grams initiative, Child Life received a much-needed boost in their game inventory. These games not only provide entertainment but also serve as valuable tools in helping children cope with the stress and uncertainty of being in the hospital.

As we reflect on this initiative, let us remember that even small acts of kindness can make a world of difference. Together, we can continue to spread joy and make a positive impact in the lives of those around us, embodying the true spirit of gratitude not just during Thanksgiving but throughout the year.

Please visit their website for more information about Child Life and Family Development at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.

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