02 Oct StudentsCare Partners up with Aramark for Annual Building Community Day
On September 19th, we participated in Aramark’s Building Community Day, an annual day of service for Aramark’s 30,000+ employees across 14 countries. We are proud to share that with the help of 25 Aramark employees based in Philadelphia, we made 60 Comfort Kits for toddlers, school-age and teenage patients and families at Dell Children’s Medical Center (Austin, TX), Sparrow Hospital (East Lansing, MI), Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA), and Holtz Children’s Hospital (Miami, FL).
Just one day after the event, our Founder and CEO, Erica Sokol Carroll, traveled to Miami and hand delivered Comfort Kits to kids and teens at Holtz Children’s Hospital. After opening his Comfort Kit, one teenage boy exclaimed “This makes me feel so special.” Another teenager was so excited about the Crest brand toothpaste and mouthwash included in the Kits, and said it was way better than generic hospital toothpaste. She was also looking forward to a new pair of earplugs to block out all the sounds of the hospital.
The Aramark employees also walked away with a gift… a refreshed outlook on the important things in life. Mark Laubscher, Risk Solutions Director at Aramark, said the event reminded him “how important it is to raise awareness for people who aren’t thinking about [childhood cancer] on a regular basis.” Another Aramark participant shared with us that he was once a childhood cancer patient himself and wished he would have had a program like StudentsCare back when he was treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Chrissy Pennock, Administrative Coordinator in Audit and Controls at Aramark, is also familiar with childhood cancer. “I know people who have children with cancer. These families rely on a lot of help from different people. It’s the little things that matter.”
We couldn’t agree more! That’s what our Comfort Kit program is all about…giving patients and families a little bit of comfort that we hope will go a long way in their healing process.
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