New reason for kids to smile at Tift Regional Medical Center
The newly donated smile cart will be fully running in the next few days (Source: WALB)
The cart was a dying wish of Oscar Roberts' late wife, Janis (Source: WALB)
"We want the kids to come an not be scared of procedures," said Brooks (Source: WALB)
"Kids, when they're sick, they don't want to just sit in bed," said Lamb (Source: WALB)
"I hope the hospital is able to use it for years to come," said Roberts (Source: WALB)
Surgery and sickness can be scary for anyone... especially children.
Thanks to a donation, Tift Regional Medical Center is turning that fear into fun.
In the midst of medical struggles, all pediatric staff wants to do is make kids at Tift Regional Medical Center and their families smile.
A generous donation, inspired by a woman's dying wish, is showing children and their families that people care.
Nothing takes the pain and fear away like a smile.
For children who are patients at Tift Regional Medical Center, one cart and four wheels will hopefully bring a smile to their faces.
"We want these kids to come and not be scared of procedures, to have some excitement, to look forward to bigger and better things," said Mandy Brooks, Foundation director.
"Kids, when they're sick, they don't want to just sit in the bed. They want to do things that they would do at home. They will enjoy reading these books, being able to listen to music and watching movies in their room," said Laurel Lamb, Child life Specialist at TRMC.
The cart was donated by Oscar Roberts in honor of his late wife, Janis.
She made sure to include in her will the wish to help children in the pediatric ward of the hospital.
"She was also all her life, Clancy the Clown. She brought joy and laughter to people, not just children but grown ups, all over," said Roberts.
The objective of the cart is to provide a moment of relief and comfort.
The book and toys in the cart now are all related to the children's book "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle."
Roberts says his wife's memory will live on the best way he could think of.
"I just hope that the hospital is able to enjoy this and use this for years to come," said Roberts.