Two years ago, Viviana Mejia was a patient in the emergency department of Providence Newberg Medical Center. She was scared and didn’t understand why she was there. To calm her, a nurse brought in a box of stuffed animals and invited Viviana to choose one she could hold during her visit.
Having a soft, cuddly toy to hug eased her fear and made the experience less frightening. Viviana didn’t forget the difference having that toy made. This summer she set out to collect stuffed toys for other children. Now a first-grader, Viviana collected toys from local businesses, friends and family. On September 26, she and her mom delivered 35 new stuffed animals for caregivers to share with other kids when they’re afraid.
We are grateful for her thoughtfulness and her generous gift to help others.