The community collected card games, mini Lego kits, small stuffed animals and more for children at the hospital

Senior living residents at Harbour Chase of the Park Cities in Dallas hoping to put smiles of the faces of children at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital with donations.

You’ve heard it takes a village to raise a child. That can’t be truer for children who are being treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Many of those children received nice surprises all thanks to donations from the young at heart.

Residents living at the HarbourChase of the Park Cities senior living community in Dallas heard the story of their concierge Annette Alvarez. Alvarez was cared for at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children when she was born at less than two pounds with dislocated hips so when she started walking, her legs would cross and get tangled. Once Alvarez was five, her mother took her to Scottish Rite, where she received treatment for the next two years.

Alvarez credits the hospital with helping her to walk, as stated in a news release provided by HarbourChase of the Park Cities:

“Words can’t express how much love and appreciation I have for Scottish Rite Hospital and the care I received when I was a child,” Alvarez said. “My mom didn’t have the funds to take care of my treatments when I was in the hospital, but luckily their financial assistance program paid the entire bill. I know exactly what the children and teens at the hospital are going through. That’s why I am elated to have the opportunity to donate toys and other items that will put smiles on their faces during a difficult time.”

After hearing that, the community has collected various items, including card games, mini Lego kits, small stuffed animals, craft packets, and activity books to help reduce the children’s anxiety and provide a distraction while they are at the hospital.

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