Phoebe Public Relations
Florida-based charity Christ’s Starfish made a stop Thursday, March 28, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital to donate toys for the pediatric unit.
The donations were presented in bins for each age group, ranging from rattles, mobiles and blankets for babies to video games and toys for the older children. In total, more than 500 toys were donated in six large boxes of toys, plus a bag full of teddy bears. They will be utilized and distributed by Phoebe’s child life specialist Mandy Lanier.
“The toys go a long way to help the children who are in the hospital. The hospital can be a scary place, so I am able to use the toys donated by Christ’s Starfish to help the children feel more at ease,” Lanier said. “Sometimes a smile and a teddy bear can go a long way to make a children feel safe and comfortable.”
Christ’s Starfish is a faith-based organization that was started in 2007 by Carldon Layhey and his wife, Becky, in an effort to comfort children who require extended stays in health care facilities. They currently are working with child life specialists at hospitals in Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.