For the last 15 years, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies participated in “Shop with a Sheriff.” They would take local kids to Walmart and let them shop for gifts. This year, members of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 decided to use that money to help pediatric patients and their families at Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center. Each pediatric patient was given a toy or book, along with a $100 gift card. Their parents were also given a $100 gift card.
On top of that, the deputies donated $1,000 to the Child Life program at the hospital and wrote a $500 check to our pediatric nurses. In all, the donations totaled about $11,000 – helping 29 families at the Nebraska Medical Center. I wanted to express my deepest gratitude, by writing a thank you note to the deputies:
To members of the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2,
I wondered if you might be able to pass along my heartfelt thanks to the sheriff’s department who donated all the amazing gifts and gift cards to the pediatric patients and families as well as the donations to the Child Life department and nursing staff at Nebraska Medicine on Saturday, December 13.
I saw such wonderful media coverage, and was excited to see our families’ excitement. However, I would like to share what they didn’t get to see come Monday morning. When I arrived at work on Monday, the families were so excited to share with me their gratitude for the kindness shown to them by the sheriff’s department. More than a few tears of gratitude were shed by the families and myself as we had the opportunity to continue your good works by distributing the remaining gift cards this week to children admitted since Saturday. I just ran into the mother of one of our very sickest patients. This young lady has been sick for so long I was afraid she had forgotten how to feel like a kid. Her mother excitedly asked me to stop by her room and see the doll house she had purchased with your gift card. She used the computer to shop online for just the thing she wanted. Her parents then used the gift card to go to the store and purchase it for her.
Your donation gave her back some choice and control in her life. It gave her the opportunity to wish for something fun. It helped her to be a kids again. Thanks you so much!
Child Life Specialist at Nebraska Medicine