CHP Academy Selects Shriners Hospital as Beneficiary of Class Community Service Project

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California sparkled inside and out when 70 cadets from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy visited on Saturday, September 10. The cadets came as part of their class community service project, and they performed service in a big way.  After a class roll call and brief hospital introduction, the cadets broke into teams and went to work. They spruced up the landscaping, cleaned the parking garage, washed windows, polished the play area and more before treating patients and families to a pizza party in the hospital’s central activity area.

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Patients, staff, cadets and officers from the CHP Academy all were inspired by the day’s activities.

“I, myself, having a family member who was treated at a Shriners Hospital recognize the important service Shriners provides to the community.  As part of the CHP, this is one way I can give back and show my appreciation to Shriners,” said Officer B Pace.

Katie MacDonald, an activities coordinator with the hospital’s therapeutic recreation and child life team, helped organize the patient party with the cadets.  “We were overwhelmed with appreciation for the dedication, time, and effort that each and every cadet put forth in support of our hospital.  The cadets did not hesitate to jump into the fun and games with our patients during the pizza party, and we were beyond impressed by their eagerness and enthusiasm,” she said.

The medical team at Shriners Hospitals believes that involvement in recreational activities provides all children – including those who are physically challenged – with an opportunity to improve the quality of their life. Through recreational activities, children learn about fair play, develop cooperative behavior, and discover the self-satisfaction that comes from striving to achieve a goal.

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The cadets participating in the community service day at Shriners spend months in rigorous training at the CHP Academy, the organization that prepares men and women to become officers in the California Highway Patrol. Even as they travel new roads, they will carry memories of their day at Shriners Hospital with them. Here are just a few things the cadets had to say:

 “This experience was one I will forever remember. I was humbled by the staff and the mission of this hospital. The children were such inspirations to me, and I felt honored to be in their presence. They are true fighters.”

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“It was a pleasure to help the team here at Shriners. The team here welcomed us with open arms. The team had a lot of energy and they were engaging.”

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“Shriners is an amazing place staffed with amazing people. I can’t think of a more noble and kind profession than helping children in need. Thank you!

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“This is an incredible hospital! I had no idea how many different kinds of treatments Shriners provides. The people here are incredibly dedicated and passionate about the kids. I am honored and grateful for today’s experience.”

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“My experience here has been one that I will never forget. To see these children properly taken care of is comforting. These children deserve the best and they are getting it. May God bless this place in all things.”

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“It has been so nice to be of service and hopefully make at least one child’s life better.”

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“The atmosphere here is amazing, everyone is so happy and friendly. The experience was very emotional and rewarding.  So fortunate to have this opportunity to offer something to the children and the people who do so much for them on a daily basis.”

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“This experience was very heart warming. It was a great honor and privilege to be able to help the hospital. It was very eye-opening and informative. Great to know there is an organization dedicated to helping children and their families. Thank you for your commitment.”

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“My experience today reminded me why I chose CHP; to be able to serve a greater purpose and help my community. Being at Shriners showed me they have same goals. You can see and feel the passion to help children. My heart is so full from this experience. To the people of Shriners, thank you for all that you do!”

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“Today was a wonderful experience. It is apparent how much the staff cares for these children . . . seeing the volunteers come as well is very inspiring. Please ask for us to come out ore often! Twice a year isn’t enough! Whenever you need help with a project, we can come help. Keep up the wonderful work and thank you for being such positive allies for our community.”  

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“The love and support which is given here is outstanding!!! It is great to see the Shriners supporting children of all ages and backgrounds. It’s wonderful to see the outstanding work being done here and encouraging to know there are great people in this world.”

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“Friendly staff and awesome kids! Truly inspiring!”

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“Having lived in Central California my whole life, I had never heard of Shriners Hospital before. Coming here today was an amazing experience seeing countless people helping sick children. It is uplifting to know there are still places willing to help the less fortunate.”

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“I had an amazing experience at Shriners. One kid was showing us his dance moves and we were all very impressed.”

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“I really enjoyed my time in the activity center dancing with the kids and staff. Also loved that everyone acted as a larger family.”

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“I really enjoyed my experience here at Shriners Hospital. The activities and all the work all the staff provides for the kids is truly amazing. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family.”

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“Having two wonderful children myself, it warms my heart to see these children receiving such awesome care. Knowing that this kind of incredible care exists is truly a blessing. GREAT JOB SHINERS!!”

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000.

 

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 | ccurran@shrinenet.org

 

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