Kids Wish Network and Megatrux Deliver Smiles to Children at North Shore Children's Hospital

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A visit to the hospital will be made a little easier for pediatric patients at North Shore Children's Hospital thanks to Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Megatrux, Inc.

A visit to the hospital will be made a little easier for pediatric patients at North Shore Children's Hospital thanks to Kids Wish Network, a national charity dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank. This special Gift Bank is being sponsored by Megatrux, Inc.

Megatrux Inc. is one of the largest privately owned transportation, shipping, & warehousing networks on the entire globe and has played a truly significant role in behind-the-scenes assistance to Kids Wish Network and its many programs.

The donated toys and games will be distributed throughout the year to children coming in to North Shore Children's Hospital for medical treatment.

Erin Lavallee, Child Life Coordinator at North Shore Children's Hospital, said the facility was excited about once again taking part in Kid Wish Network's Gift Bank program. "The Child Life Program here truly relies on the generosity of the Kids Wish Network to help restock the playrooms each year and to fill our treasure boxes on the inpatient unit as well as in the ER. This is the second year in a row that we have participated and the staff cannot be happier with our shipment this year. This Gift Bank is going to bring so many smiles to the children and families we serve!"

As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving program that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America's top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they come to children's care facilities for treatment. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing youngsters to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable treatments often endured while undergoing medical care.

For more information on Kids Wish Network's programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at http://www.kidswishnetwork.org and their blog at http://kidswishblog.org. If you know of a hospital that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.

NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, NSMC North Shore Children's Hospital, NSMC Cancer Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women's Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital. For more information, visit our website at nsmc.partners.org.

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