On Tuesday afternoon, WVU Medicine Children’s was presented with a donation from a Bridgeport organization looking to make a change in any way it can.
The Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club presented a check of more than $53,000 to the hospital to assist with day-to-day care and the needs of patients.
“We have so many friends and club members who have benefited from the services offered at WVU Medicine Children’s, and so, we are ecstatic to be able to present this today. We are blown away by the support that we had and that were able to give this amount of money today,” said Anna Matheny, fundraising co-chair for the Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club.
Club members told 12 News the money raised exceeded their goal for this previous year’s gala fundraiser, which makes them even more excited to donate to the hospital.
“Children’s hospital in general is really maintained just off of donations that are given to us by members of our community, people around keep us kind of moving in the direction that we need to be moving, so we are always thankful for anything that anyone is willing to give to the institution to help us,” said Nicki Freels, N.I.C.U. nurse manager.
The money raised by the Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club will be used to increase the family waiting room space for new mothers and their families, including the addition of public showers and other amenities.
“Looking at these moms who’ve spent time here and who have a desire to have a place to get a nice warm shower, get cleaned up, kind of feel human again when their babies have been here for a long period of time, that’s what we are really hoping to give them with this space.” Freels added.