One retirement community is inspiring joy at Golisano Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Lee County. We looked at how community members are helping patients put on a smile by putting on a custom cap.
The helping hands from local seniors is creating a comfort for Southwest Florida children undergoing treatment thatâ€™s often stressful or scary.
â€œSome of us have taken caps home to do,â€ Janet Prior said. â€œI can do about 1 cap in about 20 minutes.â€
Prior started the groups Caps for Kids 20 years ago in October 1999.
â€œThe materials are donated or purchased by Lee Health ,â€ Prior said.
Then, each cap made by volunteers in Cypress Cove go to the children at Golisano.
â€œI worked in the medical field with children,â€ Prior said. â€œAnd I think it makes a tremendous positive effect on the child and helps relax them and forget about whatever their pain may be in.â€
And on the groupâ€™s 20th anniversary, volunteers have totaled more than 20,000 caps made for child patients.
â€œSometimes the doctors and nurses even put them on to relax the children more,â€ Prior said. â€œIt puts off that tension before the surgery.â€