Unique dolls donated through the Young Children Priority One program
Published: March 14, 2010 in the Muskogee Phoenix/muskogeephoenix.com
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA - The local chapter of Kiwanis
International provided a special gift of smiles to young patients at Cherokee
Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital with the donation of several unique dolls as part
of the group's Young Children Priority One program.
"We are grateful to our local
Kiwanis Club members for their kindness and caring to our young patients," said
Chad Smith, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. "They exemplify gadugi, the
Cherokee word for working together for the benefit of the community. We
appreciate their thoughtfulness."
The group donated several of the
cloth dolls, which serve many purposes. A child can draw on the doll with
markers, distracting them from discomfort and boredom. Because the doll is soft
and squeezable, it can be a comfort when the child is anxious. The dolls can
also serve as an outlet for expression of fear or unhappiness by drawing a face
on the doll. Also, the child can mark on the doll the injury or pain she feels.
This allows adults to discuss concerns or pains more objectively with the
In addition, the dolls serve as a
doctor's demonstration when they use the doll to show a child what will happen
during the procedure, helping the child better understand. Sometimes the child
can even help "doctor" the doll. This converts the activity into something the
child has control over, often allowing a child to undergo the procedure much
"We are very happy to do this
with the hospital," said Ann Wilkins, Texas-Oklahoma district chair for the
Young Children Priority One Program of Kiwanis International. "Our club exists
to help children, families, and communities with issues affecting youth, and we
are happy to partner with the Cherokee Nation in this effort."
Mar 18 2010, 02:49 PM