Hi everyone I'm running my first marathon ever supporting a great cause- South Oaks Child & Adolescent Unit. South Oaks Hospital is where many children seek inpatient treatment for depression, PTSD, severe abuse, and anxiety; so these children and their families are coming here during crisis. There are so many ways that your donation will help these children but here are a few areas where your donation will be used:
Many children come from humble means. When hospitalized, if the children do not come with clean clothes they are given generic sweat suits and socks to wear. Adolescence is a unique stage of human development in which peer acceptance takes center stage. With many peers in current clothing it can cause further demoralization and alienation for these children and inhibit their treatment. With your donation we would be able to provide contemporary clothing for these children so they can feel a sense of belonging.
South Oaks recently launched a "New Beginnings Duffle Bag Program" for minors from Central America that are fleeing gang violence, drugs and chaos in their home country. Many of these children require inpatient hospitalization as many suffered extreme physical and sexual abuse. These children come in with just the clothes on their back. The duffle bag would give them some of the necessities to feel cared for, which would include- clothing, hygiene products, school supplies, etc.
Many children are hospitalized during the holidays and many of them don't have families that visit or bring gifts during this time. Frequently, the nursing staff is buying gifts for these patients out of their own pocket. Donations would be used to provide gifts for these children based on the staff's understanding of their immediate needs.
Thank you for considering donating to help these children and support the great work South Oaks is providing to our community.
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