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Young Philanthropist Donates Activity Kits to Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation Kids Care Club

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 - Danbury, CT

New Fairfield Student - Kids Care Club

Sofia Rust, a New Fairfield Meeting House Hill School student, has donated an assortment of activity kits to Danbury Hospital. Rust and her friends assembled the activity kits at her recent birthday party.

Rust wanted to do something to give back to others. She hoped this donation would brighten the day of the recipients, helping to pass their time at the Hospital. This was the first donation made by Rust for the benefit of pediatric patients at Danbury Hospital.

"We are extremely proud of the generosity and resourcefulness of our youngest donors," said Grace Linhard, Executive Director and Vice President of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation. "They demonstrate enthusiasm to help the community at a young age. We are very grateful to Sofia for her philanthropic leadership."

As a result of her efforts, Rust has been inducted into the Western Connecticut Health Network Kids Care Club at Danbury Hospital, a philanthropic organization for children and young adults under the age of 18.

For more information on the Kids Care Club, please call the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation office at 203-739-7227 or 860-210-5270.

About The Kids Care Club

The Kids Care Club at Western Connecticut Health Network encourages children under the age of 18 to make donations in support of pediatric programs and services at Danbury Hospital and/or New Milford Hospital. Donations help purchase toys, videos/movies, video games and systems, and more to make children’s hospital stays more comfortable. Children raise funds in many ways, including: asking friends and family for donations; organizing penny drives, lemonade stands, or other events; raising funds in lieu of birthday gifts; or donating a portion of their allowance.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

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