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Cameron University students help children in the hospital

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- A group of students at Cameron University is asking for your help to put smiles on kids' faces who are undergoing medical treatment at a local hospital.

They are holding a donation drive as part of their work in Cameron's Presidential Leadership and University Scholars, or PLUS, program. They're collecting books, puzzles, and art supplies for the Starlight Foundation at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. This 12-bed unit is specifically designed for pediatric patients, and gives them space to play and just be a kid while they're getting treatment.

Twinkling stars on the walls and ceiling, coloring books and toys are just a few of the things you see inside Comanche County Memorial Hospital's Starlight Foundation unit to make children feel at home and more comfortable...

And some local students, like Cody Hervey, are trying to ensure these children never run out of things to do or feel scared during their hospital stay.

"They're there, not by choice, so having someone on the outside being able to help is a blessing," said Hervey.

Lea Ann Chandler, with Comanche County Memorial Hospital is thankful these students have been so generous. She says they can never have too many children's books, toys, play-doh, or puzzles for these kids to enjoy.

"Kids just come to the hospital and a lot of times, aren't prepared to stay, so they're bored and don't have anything to do and they don't feel well, but they need something," said Chandler.

There's also another group of PLUS students that are helping out the hospital by hand making blankets for the Starlight Foundation. Hervey hopes these items also bring a sense of peace to the parents and families. He says thinking about being in the hospital, or in the children's shoes is what made him want do this donation drive.

"If you remember your childhood at all, you were probably rambunctious and just imagine having to lay in bed for possibly days depending on how severe the illness may be," said Hervey. "Not having something to do, your donations will really help them to be able to just kind of transfer them out of their situation."

If you would like to help out, there are donation bins inside the Nance Boyer Building and the Art Building at Cameron University and there's also a bin for donations at the Lawton Public Library on Southwest 4th Street. The drive ends on Thursday.

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