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March 11, 2013

Donated totes help occupy children at hospital

Parents and guardians are savvy to the fact that little children can get the wiggles. Therefore, a small arsenal of gadgets and snacks are stocked in pockets, purses and briefcases. When taking children out of the home, and coming upon a circumstance where the wiggles get wiggling, the items are pulled out and handed to the children. The diversion settles them down. But, there are those rare occasions when parents get caught off guard and find no diversion, no gadget. One such place and time could be at the hospital, waiting for an appointment. 

Wanting to assist with the wiggle cases, the Delaware County Beta Omicron Chapter began delivering totes to the O’Connor Hospital. 

“We first discussed the tote idea with management at O’Connor,” group President Pam Thompson said. “They agreed to try five totes as a pilot test.”

The totes are handcrafted bags, sewn by members of Beta Omicron. Each bag contains a few items such as a reading book, coloring book, crayons, flash cards or an educational toy. 

The first five totes were distributed to the Central Registration Station last month. Head Registrar Cindy Bartow kept the totes in the back.

“During those pinch times, when the waiting was becoming unbearable, we gave a tote to a child,” Bartow said. “One time, a child had to wait for an anesthesia consult before a tonsillectomy.” 

Between the fear of the unknown and the need to wait patiently, the child was getting antsy, she said. Bartow went to the back and returned with a tote. After giving it to the child, Bartow said she watched with amazement as the child started reading a book. 

“He got so involved in the story that he went on to breeze through the consult unafraid,” Bartow said. Eventually the time came when more totes were requested from the Beta Omicron Chapter.

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