SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – As Valentine’s Day approaches, an organization is helping to put a smile on the faces of children spending the holiday in hospital.
The Keith Urban Fan Club just wrapped up their 15th annual Valentine’s Day Stuffed Monkey Drive for children in hospital. This year, the group, made up of members from around the world, chose Savannah as their fundraising location. The group donated more than 400 monkeys to Memorial Health Children’s Hospital.
A hospital worker says this surprise can make a big difference for children being treated.
“Just being able to put a cuddly toy in the children’s room before you enter it feels so much more like home. Especially in places that don’t feel like home at all,” said Chloe Chapman, board-certified child life specialist.
The children couldn’t wait to receive their new toy.
“I didn’t know what to do because there were so many monkeys and I didn’t know which one to choose,” said Rylan Terry, a patient at the hospital.
Volunteers who helped make this possible say they enjoyed taking part.
“I just think it’s a great opportunity to give back to our community and give to the kids who need it, you know. They need some love and something to comfort them and make them happy,” said Keith Urban Fan Club member Michelle Tacopina.
The group is distributing more than 5,300 stuffed monkeys to hospitals across the country. This is the first year Savannah has received a donation.
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