Friday, December 16, 2011

CitySights NY: Toys For Kids With Diabetes.

You know those double-decker NYC buses you see in movies (or, I guess if you live there, you'd see them in person - you lucky duck)? There's a company called CitySights NY that runs these, and I got an email last week about an event they were doing on December 13th.

(And here's where you're thinking, Kim lives in Nebraska - and is deathly afraid of buses. Wait, no, that last part isn't true, but really... why did they email her?, and I'm thinking, I know, right? I was confused at first, too.)

It turns out that they do a toy drive each holiday season, and this year's event provided 2,000 toys (and the chance to meet some celebrities) to children with diabetes at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center. I thought that was a neat idea and wanted to mention it to you guys, as I didn't know that 1. there was a toy drive anywhere for children with diabetes, and 2. that this diabetes center even existed. Pretty cool!

Aaron Carter, Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011,
Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011,
Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, and
Kelly Bensimon with children at the Diabetes Center

photo credit: Rob Loud

1 comment:

  1. Ha! That's where my endo is. I have sat in that exact waiting room before. I applaud CitySights for doing this, but on the other hand...I wish it were going somewhere else. Naomi Berrie is affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian. Columbia = tons of money. The clinic already has a WALL of toys, plus computers for kids to play games on, plus books. Besides, they have so much money that patients are rarely waiting more than half an hour anyways! What about the public hospitals? What about the overburdened, underfinanced clinics that serve kids with diabetes? Call me a Grinch, but that irks me a little.

    --Caroline
    [a New Yorker and an employee at a federally qualified health center...where employees buy their own toys for the kids]

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