Surry Community students learn social responsibility

Staff Report

April 4, 2013

Surry Community College’s Introduction to Business students, taught by Dawn Worley, recently donated 74 boxes of cartoon character Band-Aids to the Brenner Children’s Hospital, Child Life Department.

The gift was inspired by a lesson on social responsibility and the role businesses can play. Worley emphasized to her class that social responsibility in business begins with the efforts of individuals.

The students were inspired and decided to support a local organization and voted to connect with Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Cindy Mahan, Child Life Specialist and Manager of the Child Life Department at Brenner’s, provided a list of items that were in short supply.

The students chose to donate character Band-Aids because they would provide immediate benefit for the patients and the cartoon characters would bring a smile. The Band-Aids were delivered to the hospital on March 18, 2013.

The class received a thank-you note on behalf of the patients confirming that “everyone is so excited to get them. They make such a difference for our children.”

Mahan explained that the Brenner’s Child Life Department provides services to the inpatient units, the Emergency Department and the Operating Room. The department has several special programs such as Pet Therapy, Beads of Courage, as well as special events like holiday celebrations, birthday celebrations, Hematology and Oncology Prom and more.

As defined by the Child Life Council, “Child life specialists are experts in child development, who promote effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to health care and hospitalization.”

The Council added “understanding that a child’s well being depends on the support of the family, child life specialists provide information, support and guidance to parents, siblings, and other family members. They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.”