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Girl Scout Troop 22912 Delivers Hundreds of Books to Pediatric Center

The Girl Scout troop has only been around for one month and provided the Pediatric Unit at Clara Maass with more than 350 books for patients.

Girl Scout Troop 22912 Delivers Hundreds of Books to Pediatric Center
The Pediatric Center at Clara Maass received so many books recently that they hardly know what to do with them.

Girl Scout Troop 22912 completed its first community service event by donating more than 350 books to children at the center.

The books will now go toward stocking the Pediatric Unit Library, and children admitted are encouraged to take some books home. The books will help the center reach its goal of providing books in all waiting areas in the facility for patients and visitors.

"There has already been a huge impact from this donation. The pediatric patients and their parents all love the books. It is a wonderful thing to see them picking up books to read, and is exactly what we were hoping for," said Laura Pantusco, Certified Child Life Specialist at Clara Maass Medical Center. "Reading with and to children is beneficial for their language, speech development, and is an important aspect in the bonding between a parent and a child. Children, especially those who are hospitalized, benefit from reading as it allows for a mindful escape from the hospital environment and supports their development."

The troop has only just begun its service after being in existence for just one month.

Pantusco said that toys and books are always appreciated donations, and those wishing to give to the center may contact her at  973-450-2163 to make arrangements or inquire about what is most needed.

Donated toys may be gently used unless they are plush due to the facility's infection policy. Many of the patients at the Pediatric Center are toddlers and infants, so toys with small parts are discouraged.

Interested persons looking to donate to other locations at hospital may call the CMMC Foundation at 973-450-2277. For a complete list of guidelines, click the PDF below the photo.

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