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Ridgefield High School Student Donates Pillows and Blankets to Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation Kids Care Club

Monday, October 14, 2013 - Danbury, CT

High School Student Donates Pillows and Blankets

Katie Hackett, a freshman at Ridgefield High School, has donated an assortment of pillows and blankets to benefit dialysis patients. This first time donation by Hackett was made as part of her Silver Award Project.

Hackett wanted to do something to give back to others. She hoped this donation would brighten the day of the recipients, helping to make them more comfortable during their treatments. Executive Director and Vice President of the Foundation, Grace Linhard stated, "we are so grateful for the thoughtfulness of this young woman."

As a result of her efforts, Hackett 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.

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