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Hinsdale –Kim and Giuseppe Demetrio have already begun to teach their two-year-old daughter, Bianca, the importance of giving to others in need. The family collected more than 40 toy donations, instead of gifts, for the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital pediatrics unit at Bianca’s second birthday party.
“Giuseppe and I decided long ago that we wanted our children to understand that the greatest blessing of all is to be a blessing to someone else,” said Kim Demetrio. “We figured what better time to begin this life lesson than with Bianca’s first birthday celebration last year. We continued the lesson for her second birthday and will keep doing it every year.”
Demetrio said they asked the guests who attended Bianca’s second birthday party on June 12 to bring toy donations for the hospital instead of gifts for Bianca. Their family and friends searched the hospital’s wish list on the Toys R Us website to make the donations. They acquired games, puzzles, stuffed animals, Play-Doh, electronic toys and DVDs to benefit the pediatric unit. The family asked for donations to the Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s Paulson Pediatric Rehabilitation Center for Bianca’s first birthday.
“Bianca is an extremely blessed little girl to have so many family and friends who already love and take care of her daily,” said Demetrio. “We want her to know it’s better to give than to receive.”
The family, who lives in Lockport, has a very close relationship with Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. Demetrio said, “Bianca was born there, Giuseppe works in the hospital’s maintenance department and I had my tonsils removed there. We couldn’t think of a better place for us to show our appreciation.”
Susan King, executive director of the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation, said the hospital is extremely grateful for the contributions the Demetrio family has made to the Paulson Rehabilitation Center and pediatrics unit.
“Putting our values into action is a lesson kids of all ages can learn,” King said. “We’re thrilled to help families who want to give their kids the experience of sharing with others in need. Being hospitalized is a stressful time for children, but a new toy can be an unexpected surprise that makes all the difference in the world.”
To donate toys to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital go to www.toysrus.com and search by wish list #29951805. To make a cash donation, go to www.hinsdalehospitalfoundation.org.
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