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UPMC Chautauqua WCA
Cummins Engine ended their Easter Toy Drive with a big celebration delivering toys to pediatric patients at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.
UPMC Chautauqua WCA Director of Development, Megan Barone, said “Matthew Davis, Cummins Engine 3rd Shift CLT had a vision to help our own community children to cope and adjust to illness and hospitalization with giving a gift to meet the developmental, psychosocial, emotional and educational needs of our patients. His vision came to life in the eyes and smiles of the children. And, as the saying goes, “In the eyes of a child, you will see the world as it should be.””
Matthew’s vision of helping UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital’s patients began when his son was hospitalized for a long period of time. He remembers the stuffed toy that was given to his son with suction cups on its hands so that it could hold onto the wheelchair that his son would be in for the next few months. Matthew said, “I remember the moment they gave it to him, he was so happy. He still has it in his room years later.” Matthew thought of that moment when Cummins asked all of the employees to come up with a community minded project; that was three years ago. The toy drive continues to be successful due to Matt spearheading it with making calls, emailing, posting flyers and talking about the importance of the toy drive and what it delivers to the children in our community; kindness.
Cummins Engine Easter Toy Drive will benefit patients throughout the hospital in areas such as Emergency Room, Maternity (for newborns), Pediatrics, Adolescent Mental Health, Speech and Hearing, Radiology, Sleep Study, and ENT. The toy drive began March 1st and ran through March 23rd.
If you would like to support UPMC Chautauqua WCA’s pediatric patients, please contact Megan Barone, director of development at 716-664-8423 or Baronema3@upmc.edu.