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[January 3,2008]

MUSEUM CHILDREN SPREAD GOODWILL AMONG PEDIATRIC PATIENTS AT SUNY DOWNSTATE MEDICAL CENTER

An act of kindness toward someone who is sick or hospitalized during the holidays is often the best medicine. This season, young patients at SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital were thrilled to receive holiday get-well cards made for them by youngsters at the Jewish Children’s Museum. The cards let them know that other children were thinking about them.

“Here at the museum, we want to teach universal values. It’s the idea that every child should feel and care for another,” said museum spokesman Zev Steinhauser.

Maria Yomtov, director of Downstate’s Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness, gratefully received the children’s hand-made cards and distributed them among young hospital patients. In turn, the museum’s children received small band-aid kits as a token of the medical center’s appreciation.

“It is heart-warming to see children from the Jewish Children's Museum demonstrate such compassion for others who are ill. They placed their names and even telephone and e-mail address on the get-well cards,” Ms. Yomtov said.

 

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