Berkeley College faculty and staff recently donated nearly 300 cans of Play Doh, as well as crafting tools and accessories, to young patients in the Pediatric Unit of Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. According to the Hospital, the modeling dough, which is often used for arts and crafts, can provide a therapeutic distraction for children facing various conditions and illnesses.
“We are very grateful for the donation of Play-Doh from Berkeley College to the Valley Hospital Pediatric Department,” said Lori Check, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Clinical Shift Supervisor, Valley Hospital Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “Squishing, rolling, sculpting and molding appeals to children of multiple ages. A hospital setting typically produces anxiety in children, and this is a means of working through some of their fears and anxieties.”
The Pediatric Department at the Valley Hospital treats children facing neurological, gastrointestinal and respiratory disorders, among other conditions.
The collection was spearheaded by the staff of Berkeley College Online®, which supports the College’s distance learning efforts from offices in Paramus, NJ.
“No one wants their child to be in the hospital, let alone during the holidays, so to be able to do something to give a sense of normalcy to these families was meaningful to us,” said Chrissy Andracik, Director, Student Development and Campus Life, Berkeley College Online. “Berkeley College culture is very focused on giving back, and as a part of the Bergen County community, we were grateful to have the opportunity to spread some cheer in our own backyard.”
The donation was made through the Berkeley Cares initiative, which throughout the year encourages students, alumni, faculty and staff to continue the College’s tradition of serving worthy causes in the community.