- Published on Sunday, 29 July 2012 01:19
- Written by Super User
The Pleasure Island Parrot Heads visited the Betty H. Cameron Women and Children's Hospital on Saturday July 21st for their first annual Christmas In July. We were able to raise over $1400.00 thanks to the generosity of people who donated to our jars around the island and Wilmington area. With that we were able to purchase many items for the kids in the hospital. Ranging from rattles and toys for infants to dolls, Dora and Sponge Bob pictures, Matchbox cars, stickers, Barbie’s, color books, crayons, stuffed animals, and puzzle books, Rubik cubes, for the older kids. We were able to donate many DVD's and video games for X-box 360, Wii, and PS3 gaming units. These will be used in the rooms by the kids. We supplied them with board games, color books, puzzle books, crayons, pencils, and art and craft supplies for the play room. We were able to purchase and donate a new foosball table for the playroom for the older kids to use.
Santa dressed in tropical shirt and sunglasses joined the Parrot Heads as we passed out the gifts for the kids. Many had their picture taken with the jolly ol’ man and received leis and candy canes as well. The many items not passed out will be saved and given to kids as they come in to the hospital in the days, weeks and months to come. We brightened the day for many children and made the parents feel good that other people really do care.
Thanks to the Parrot Heads who coordinated and worked on this project. Thanks to all the businesses that allowed us to place collection jars in their place of business. A special thanks to all who donated their spare change and dollars to this very worthwhile cause.
We do plan to make this an annual event as there will always be children stuck in the hospital during the summer when they should be home playing, on vacation or at the beach enjoying themselves. So look for our jars again next year beginning around Memorial Day.