Garnet Valley Community Donates Handcrafted Journals to Crozer-Keystone Rehab Patients - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 29, 2015

Garnet Valley Community Donates Handcrafted Journals to Crozer-Keystone Rehab Patients

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Garnet Valley Community Donates Handcrafted Journals to Crozer-Keystone Rehab Patients

Pictured from left to right are Mark Prodoehl, assistant director of Rehab Services for CKHS; Dawn Gillespie, JoAnne Plummer (seated), Jessica Gillespie and Jimmy Gillespie.

The giving season may officially be over, but that’s just a minor detail to student volunteers from the Garnet Valley community. On Monday, December 28, resident Dawn Gillespie and her children, Jimmy, 16, and Jessica, 14, visited Delaware County Memorial Hospital toting a heavy box of handcrafted writing journals. They were greeted by staff and patients of the Crozer-Keystone Regional Rehabilitation Center at DCMH, who eagerly accepted the generous donation.

Gillespie says that her group—which is made up of students from public and private schools in Garnet Valley and other parts of Concord Township, their friends and parents—has coordinated similar deliveries throughout the school year for the last 7+ years. Even members of the Concord Township Rotary Club get involved by helping the schools develop community-based programs for the students.

“We not only look for meaningful projects for the kids to do,” Gillespie says, “but we try to match the projects to people in our community who have the greatest need.” For that reason, Gillespie says that her group targets hospitals, medical centers and cancer centers. While at DCMH, Gillespie and her crew met rehabilitation patient JoAnne Plummer, from Drexel Hill, and presented her with a beautifully decorated journal.

Mark Prodoehl, assistant director of Rehab Services for Crozer-Keystone Health System, says that Garnet Valley’s donation will go a long way in rehab patients’ overall healing. “The journals will be utilized as part of the therapists’ treatment interventions,” he says. “Not only does this help our patients to heal physically, but it also lifts their spirits—which is a vital part of the healing process. On behalf of the Crozer-Keystone Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Departments, I would like to thank the Garnet Valley community for their generosity and thoughtfulness. It is obvious that they put a great deal of time and care into their beautiful craftwork.”

For Gillespie and her children, seeing the impact of their donation firsthand validates their efforts. “We are always looking for new community service projects,” she says. Next up is the group’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project at Brandywine Youth Club. As they have done for as long as they can remember, Jimmy and Jessica Gillespie will be there. “It just makes me want to do even more,” Jessica says.

The Crozer-Keystone Regional Rehabilitation Centers, located at Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital, offer comprehensive inpatient care to patients recovering from major medical conditions such as stroke, trauma, brain and spinal cord injury, orthopedic surgery, neurological conditions and more. Learn more by visiting the Services page of crozerkeystone.org.

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