The Children’s Hospital Association and The Toy Foundation awarded Norton Children’s Hospital $15,000 to purchase toys and products that will help make kids of all cultures feel more comfortable.

The $15K “play grant” will go to the following items:

  • Multicultural toys for patients from diverse backgrounds. These will include toys with differing skin tones, shapes, sizes, abilities and health care needs, as well as wooden toys for Amish patients and multilingual toys.
  • Books written in Spanish, French, Burmese, Arabic and Swahili. These books will be made available for leisure and as medically informative resources.
  • Multicultural and linguistically diverse distraction materials that offer support during invasive and potentially painful medical procedures.
  • Multicultural hair products.
  • Adhesive bandages of various skin tones.
  • Handheld massagers, neck soothing pillows, tempera paint sticks and handheld sensory toys to help encourage connections between mind and body for pediatric medical, surgical and oncology patients.

The hospital was one of 19 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. to receive a play grant from the Children’s Hospital Association and The Toy Foundation.

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