A note from Emily – On New Year’s Eve 2008 I was just a regular 6 year old girl, excited to be playing with my friends and staying up past my bedtime! That night, I was bitten on my arm by a sweet dog who was scared by the loud noises of someone celebrating the New Year in another yard. The next thing I knew I was sitting in the hospital & very scared.
I had to have surgery on my arm the next day, but Dr. Champagne, my surgeon, told me he would make it all better – and that when we was done my arm would be really strong! While I was there, I met Ashley. She was my Child Life Specialist. She was so nice and helped me understand what my surgery would be like and helped me to not be so scared. I remember her curly hair, she was so pretty!
It was a long recovery, but when I was better Mommy and I went back to the two hospitals I was in to say thank you and give new toys to them for the kids that were still there. I loved my new toy; I still have it! It’s a fabric coloring book that I colored on with markers, and I also got a soft green blanket which I named the ‘Ashley blanket’.
I feel so happy to be able to collect so many new toys for kids like me, and lots of people are helping me and my family, I want to say thank you so much!
Emily’s Toys 4 Joy collects donations of new items for boys and girls, such as toys, games, DVD’s, stuffed animals, and arts and crafts supplies.