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Donating a Distraction for Kids: May 31, 2019

Rows of books line the shelves of the Ronald McDonald Family House inside the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. “I think books really allow your mind to go to different places and allow you to have an imagination, whereas maybe things around you aren’t going so well,” said Sandie Dellacroce, president of Phi Beta Phi fraternity and volunteer at Lee Health.

Members of the Pi Beta Phi fraternity bring in donated books to keep kids and their families entertained in the hospital. “Our goal as an organization is to make sure that every child has the opportunity to read, learn how to read, and really have a book in their hands, because I think that’s what’s really, really important, especially with all the digital age these days,” said Dellacroce.

In honor of their many book donations over the years, Golisano Children’s Hospital named the area the Pi Beta Phi Book Nook. “It’s just so gratifying because you get to meet some of the parents sometimes they will come in, and you get a little bit of what they are going through,” said Patty Turner, a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist.

Patients have the option of reading the books in the hospital or taking them home with them. “We know sometimes they can get a little bored when they’re sitting in their room sick, so if they can come down and interact in the book fair and play a few games and choose a few books to take back to their room, that will be very rewarding,” said Turner.

A nice distraction in a place that has a little something special for children of all ages.


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