Dillard-Jones raises $10,000 for Child Life program

Southern Living Showcase Home Tour

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Southern Living Showcase Home Tour by Dillard-Jones Builders raised $10,000 and collected almost 300 toys, coloring books, bubbles and other items for the Child Life program at Children's Hospital of Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS).

Dillard-Jones President Tom Dillard and Vice President Susan Peace-Vernon presented the items and a check for $10,000 to hospital officials.

“Once again, the generosity of those who toured the Southern Living Showcase Home was overwhelming,” said Dillard.

The Child Life program at Children's Hospital is not completely included in the hospital's operating budget, relying on the generosity of corporate partners, individual donors and special events to raise the funds to purchase needed items such as coloring books, crayons, markers, bubbles, musical and light up toys, DVD’s, plastic and Match Box cars. Child Life specialists use the items to help children and their families cope with potentially traumatic events, and to help reduce the stress and anxiety that children experience in hospitals and health care settings.

GHS Children's Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the Upstate that have certified child life specialists as part of its health care team.

“We are very thankful for Dillard-Jones’ partnership with Children’s Hospital, specifically our Child Life program,” said Gina Blohm, program manager.

The 2012 tour welcomed more than 5,000 visitors during four weekends in May.

Dillard-Jones makes its Upstate office at 1-01-B Regency Commons Drive.

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