October 07, 2009
Local schoolchildren donate money to hospital
Bolingbrook – The Midwest Christian Montessori Academy celebrated its Sept. 14 ribbon cutting and open house with a donation of $451.80 to the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation.
“The Lord commanded us to spread his word and serve others so we teach our children to have loving hearts and giving hands,” said Karen Kruger, academy director. “We’ve been blessed in so many ways that we want to go out and spread his love.”
The school, already in existence, became nonprofit in March. Each Friday, the students, who range in age from 3 to 15, bring pocket change to the school’s praise and worship time. When the donation jar is full, they find a recipient for the money, usually one that offers assistance to children.
For this event, Kruger wanted the money to benefit a local organization so the children could view firsthand how their money is helping. “We wanted them to actually see someone accepting the money,” Kruger said.
The students’ donations will benefit women’s and children’s services at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase children’s programming on the hospital’s existing Skylight ACCESS™ Interactive Patient System, a TV-based communication and entertainment system.
“We really appreciate the donation from these generous children,” said Derek Cazeau, executive director of the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation. “It is this type of generosity that helps our hospital fulfill its mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”
Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation supports the hospital’s mission through philanthropy.