VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) students at Valwood School wanted to raise money to provide crayons and coloring books to help young patients pass the time while they were in the hospital.
With the help of Greek organizations at Valdosta State, they raised over a thousand dollars for that purpose.
On Thursday, October 29, South Georgia Medical Center accepted a cash donation of $1,156.34 and a basket of crayons and coloring books from students, faculty and staff of the school.
According to Valwood Pre-K Teacher Jeanna Ganas, the service project began with coin banks being placed in businesses around Valdosta. "Our intention was to raise maybe $100 or more to purchase crayons and coloring books to help sick children at SGMC pass the time," she said.
The service project caught the attention of several Valdosta State University Greek Organizations including Alpha Delta Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu and Zeta Tau Alpha and fundraising took off. The sorority members received service hours for collecting dollars for the Coins for Crayons fundraiser.
The Pediatrics Unit at SGMC plans to use the funds to purchase a couple of new gaming systems with a variety of video games for patients' use.
"SGMC is very pleased to have the support of the Valwood students, parents and faculty and the VSU Greek organizations," Vickers said. "This is just one example of how community partnerships contribute to the greater good of the community. On behalf of the Peds staff and patients, SGMC is very appreciative of this generous donation and thanks everyone who was involved."