DAVIS ISLANDS — Tampa General Hospital is not the ideal place for a kid's party. But for children staying in the pediatric ward on their birthday, an iPod, a video game or a Fisher-Price dragon can help make their day a bit brighter.
Supporting this belief, the L.V. Thompson Family Foundation recently donated dozens of toys, movies and games to the Childlife Therapy Program at TGH.
The program operates a playroom for children to escape poking and prodding, and the stress that can come with a stay in the hospital.
Many of the board games will be kept in this Therapy Playroom so kids can play. Kids will be able to keep other items and take them home.
TGH receives donated toys on a regular basis, but they usually come in around the holidays, says TGH spokeswoman Ellen Fiss.
The L.V. Thompson Family Foundation was started in 2004 by longtime philanthropist Les Thompson. The foundation's focus is to enrich the lives of local children and families.
"We recognize the importance of creating a comfortable environment for child care in the hospital," said foundation spokesman Corey Neil.
The foundation also donated $10,000 to help family members sleep more comfortably.
The money will be used to buy sleeper chairs for the pediatric intensive care unit.
By Joshua Neiderer, Times Staff Writer