As the holiday season nears, the Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department and corporate sponsor, Butler Media Group collected toys to donate to Austin’s Playroom at Butler Memorial Hospital. Over $2,500 worth of toys, games, DVDs, and puzzles for children aged toddler to teen were donated from the community.
Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived by fire truck at Butler Memorial Hospital on Thursday, December 20 with donated toys to replace older, worn out toys used in the playroom.
“We wanted to do something that would have an impact on local children and chose Austin’s Playroom as a project that will extend well beyond the Holiday season,” says Roger Skipp, Penn Township Volunteer Fire Department member and chairman for the project.
Toys were presented to Butler Health System President & CEO, Ken DeFurio and Nancy Angus (Executive Director) and Karin Girasek (Austin’s Playroom Project Manager)from the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Toys were collected from November 19 to December 19. Collection boxes were set up at the Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company, the Butler Media Group. Butler Ambulance and other businesses throughout Butler county.
Austin’s Playroom Project is an initiative of the Mario Lemieux Foundation that establishes playrooms in medical facilities. This initiative was specifically created after the premature birth of Mario and Nathalie Lemieux’s son, Austin. The idea for this project came as the Lemieux’s searched for a comfortable and calm location within the hospital for their two older children to be engaged during Austin’s care. In 2000, Nathalie founded Austin’s Playroom Project with the goal of establishing playrooms at area hospitals.