Children's Hospital in need of books for kids | News
This year 13WMAZ will hit the air once again to ask your support for the Children's Miracle Network and the Children's hospital in Macon.
Every child gets to pick out books and take it home with them, but child life specialist Megan Greene said there's a shortage. "We really don't have any back up books in stock. If we have donations, like bigger donations, we'll keep them in the back in our storage room, and we're all out of those right now," said Greene.
The book cart that circulates throughout the children's hospital is also low, and so are the book shelves in some of the playrooms.
Not only is the hospital trying to re-build it's in house book collection, it's starting another initiative that would "provide every single baby that's been in our NICU a book that they would be sent to their house every single month until they're five," said Carla Morton, neonatal outreach coordinator.
Morton said it would cost approximately $15,000 a year to do this. "Many of those babies are pre-term and so that puts them at a little more risk for having some delays and so we really wanted to focus in on being able to try to help encourage that early reading," said Morton.
The hospital serves between 40,000-45,000 kids a year. The fleet of three pediatric ambulances can travel practically down to the Florida border, across to Georgia Southern and as far north as Sparta.
Every year Frank and Suzanne bring you "Wish List" items from the staff. This year is special because we are going to ask you for books or the funds to buy new books. Every child gets to pick out a book and take it home with them. The hospital wants to mail books to kids that have survived as premature babies.
This year the Miracle Celebration airs May 31 and June 1 on 13WMAZ-TV. You will also find dropoff boxes for books at Walmart stores throughout Central Georgia.