It was a tough year for fundraising, but local a local children’s health charity raised more than $230,000 for the Windsor Regional Hospital.
The pediatric, family birthing and neonatal intensive care units at the Windsor Regional Hospital purchased several pieces of new equipment for babies and kids thanks more than $236,000 from We Care for Kids, a local organization working to advance kids’ health and wellness.
“They have done an amazing job raising funds for kids in our community to stay closer to come with their loved ones and be taken care of,” said David Musyj, hospital president and CEO, accepting the donation Tuesday. “We could not do what we do without your support.”
With the donation of $236,109, the hospital purchased a special x-ray machine designed to better view the children’s small joints and bones, as well as several infant scales, isolettes, bassinets and warmers for use in three units.
Mike Brain, president of W.E Care for Kids, said fundraising during the pandemic has been difficult. The organization hosted its last major gala fundraiser in February 2020, and since moved to smaller, socially-distanced fundraisers like car washes, raffles and partnerships with local businesses.
“The community really came through and supported us with smaller projects. We got a lot of donations,” Brain said, noting they will donate more than $350,000 this year. W.E. Care for Kids has raised more than $7 million since its founding in 1997.
The Windsor Regional Hospital works with W.E. Care for Kids to identify equipment needs and fundraises to meet the need, Brain said. A future project includes improving the parent care rooms in the neonatal intensive care unit, where families often stay while their baby is at the hospital.
“Our main focus is … keeping families local so they don’t have to go up the 401 (for care), so they can have the comfort of their home while getting their child better,” Brain said.