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Nag-uugnay Volunteer Initiative and the Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists - Bataan Olongapo Zambales Chapter (PSA BOZ) announced today a donation drive for children admitted in hospitals and children of health care workers in the 15 hospitals covered by the chapter. Dubbed Libro’t Laruan, the program aims to collect new or preloved toys and books for children being cared for in hospitals and children of health care workers who continue to take extra safety measures when going home to their loved ones. 

“As a mother of twin girls, it breaks my heart to attend to young patients in the pediatric wards especially at a time like this. It would mean a lot for these young patients to have a toy or a book during their stay in the hospital. We recognize the benefits of play in their recuperation,” Dr. Sheryl Felix-Jalaidi, internal vice president of the PSA BOZ, said. The doctor added: “We would also give these items to the children of our hardworking colleagues as a way of saying thank you to the selfless service they continue to provide in a pandemic.”  

The donated books and toys would be distributed to the following hospitals: Isaac and Catalina Medical Center; Bataan Doctors Hospital and Medical Center; Bataan St. Joseph Hospital; Balanga Medical Center; Ulticare Medical Center; Jose C. Payumo Jr. Memorial Hospital; Centro Medico de Santisimo Rosario; Bataan General Hospital and Medical Center; Orani District Hospital; Bataan Peninsula Medical Center; Mariveles District Hospital; James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital; Orion St. Michael Hospital; Allied Care Experts Medical Center-Baypointe; and Ridon St. Jude Medical Center Olongapo City.

Adarna House and Adarna Group Foundation, Inc. donated 257 picture books to the program. Tahanan Books, on the other hand, sent two (2) sets of 13 titles comprised of early concept books and storybooks. These initial book donations are allocated for the pediatric wards of James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital and Ridon St. Jude Medical Center Olongapo City. 

For those who would like to donate children’s books and toys, please message Nag-uugnay Volunteer Initiative FB Like Page https://www.facebook.com/naguugnayvolunteerinitiative or email pagawaanincorporated@gmail.com.


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