For Greene County News
XENIA – Continuing their mission to serve children, Xenia Kiwanis Club is providing a little bit of fun for children who may visit the emergency department at Greene Memorial Hospital.
Kiwanis President Martin Bartik said the club wanted a new civic project for local children. After hearing of another group’s success with a similar project, they decided to provide “goodie bags” to youth through the hospital.
“We thought keeping young people occupied will help with the overall experience at the emergency room,” said Bartik.
The kits include crayons, coloring books or pages, stickers and other activities for a child who may be at the ER with a parent or family member.
“It was a way we could provide something to a child during a possible stressful situation,” added Bartik.
The club began the program last year and just delivered 100 more kits to the hospital this week.
“Hopefully this small act of kindness can add a little comfort to the children in a time of discomfort and confusion,” he added.
Bartik joined the 90-year-old club in 2011. Other civic projects the club participates in annually include providing backpacks to needy local children in time for school to start.
Story courtesy of The Greene Medical Foundation - Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center hospital within Kettering Health Network.