The Esquimalt Lions Club wants to brighten the lives of children being cared for at the Victoria General Hospital pediatric ward, through its Smile for a Child project.
This Saturday (March 27) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lions kiosk at the back of Archie Browning Sports Centre, club volunteers will be accepting donations of new toys, as well as cash to purchase toys.
When club members learned toys on the ward were put away under COVID-19 protocols – in combination with visiting restrictions – they got to thinking about ways they could help ease the childrens’ loneliness and boredom.
Smile for a Child emerged as a way to bridge that gap. A long wish list was developed, and all toys donated to children at VGH will go home with them when they are discharged from hospital.