Lawton, Okla._Christmas came early for a group of sick children in the Starlight Unit at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and it was all thanks to Chick-fil-a. The kids got to enjoy an early Christmas party with the Chick-fil-a Santa cow, and a full meal donated by the restaurant.
Being in the hospital during the holidays is scary for little kids, but Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Starlight Unit is taking some of that fear away.
"It just goes a long way to alleviating their stress, to making them feeling more comfortable, and to worrying a whole lot less, and that's so much for a child and a parent. You have enough to worry about when your child is sick and in the hospital, so anything we can do to make that better is what it's all about," said Lori Cummins, CCMH marketing director.
The Starlight Unit is all about making children feel comfortable and steering their focus away from being sick.
"We went to a lot of trouble to make sure we had a lot of exciting and fun patterns for them with bright colors. I think the one thing every child loves is the crystals in the ceiling, so that when it's night-time and they're feeling a little scared, they can look up and see sparkling stars above their heads. It's all about creating an environment that's warm and welcoming," Cummins said.
While the kids in the unit say it is not easy being in the hospital, 10-year-old Meagan Morriston says the Starlight Unit has made her feel right at home.
"I just like feeling like I'm going to get better, and feeling comfortable in it," Morriston said.
Cummins says this time of year the Starlight Unit usually fills up with more kids around the holidays. She says having the resources and funds to keep the unit going is important.
"We certainly welcome and encourage anyone who would like to be apart of what we're doing here to consider making a donation. One-hundred percent of the funds that are donated go to the unit and to technology for the children, and to amenities we can provide to the children to make their stay more warm and more fuzzy," Cummins said.
Cummins says donations will make it possible for the unit to buy an entertainment center for the kids, so once they are healthy enough to walk around they won't have to stay in their rooms.