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11/11/10: Verrill Farm Harvest Festival raises $12,000 for Emerson Hospital pediatrics

The Verrill Farm Harvest Festival to benefit Emerson pediatric care recently raised $12,000 to benefit coping kits, which are distributed by Emerson Hospital’s pediatric intervention team. The kits are colorful bags of therapeutic toys given to children who enter the hospital through the emergency department or upon admission to the pediatric unit.

“How can we possibly express our gratitude to Steve and Joan Verrill for what they have done for pediatric patients at Emerson,” said Kay Liebmann, nurse manager of Emerson Hospital’s pediatric intervention team. “Any words we might say seem inadequate. How do we thank two people for giving so much of themselves to benefit the emotional well-being of the children of our community? On behalf of all the children who come to Emerson and the staff who care for them, we offer our appreciation and sincere gratitude.”

The fall family festival featured games and activities for children of all ages, including pumpkin picking, hay rides, face-painting, pony rides, a raffle, live music by Back Eddy Bluegrass, refreshments, and an information table on the coping kits.

Since 2005 when the coping kits program was piloted, more than 14,000 kits have been distributed to pediatric patients.  Color-coded for age and gender, the kits are designed with an understanding of the developmental needs of children and the stressors encountered by a child entering a medical environment.

Pictured at the 2010 Verrill Farm Harvest Festival to benefit Emerson pediatric care are, left to right, Jennifer Verrill Faddoul; Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital; Joan Verrill; and Steve Verrill.