Greeley high school student creates gift bags for children in Westchester hospitals

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“Bringing a bunch of smiles to the faces of Westchester’s youngest patients”

Hanna Palmieri, a sophomore at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, has created a toy, art supplies and activity campaign to collect goody bag making supplies that she calls “Hanna Banana Bags” to give away to children at local hospitals and health care centers in Westchester.

Hanna makes gift bags from the fun items she collects, then donates them to Northern Westchester Hospital, White Plains Hospital and Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center in Yonkers, a residential facility for medically caring for children. complex and technology dependent.

Hanna is reaching out to local businesses to participate in her fundraising campaign. Currently, Scattered Books in Chappaqua and All Together Now, a children’s store in Mt. Kisco, will support his efforts. Hanna has created donation bins that will be in these stores throughout the summer, encouraging supporters to purchase new children’s books, small stuffed animals, art supplies, puzzles, stickers, coloring books, craft kits or sensory toys and place them in the bin. Hanna will collect the donated items, make gift bags and then deliver them to the three participating health facilities.

At White Plains Hospital, the goody bags will go to patients at the Family Health Center Clinic, which caters primarily to underserved children in the area. At Northern Westchester Hospital, they are launching an activity cart to help entertain patients (both children and adults) to help clear their minds while in hospital. Finally, for the Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center, sensory objects that engage the children who reside there are sought.

As Hanna says, “I want to help kids be less anxious about being in the hospital or going to the doctor. I also plan to put a handwritten note of encouragement in each bag to make it more personal and meaningful to the child receiving it.

Last summer, Hanna was a counselor and bus monitor at Camp Nabby. When campers had to stay home due to Covid infection or exposure, Hanna took the initiative to make each sick camper a goody bag and then drop it off at the camper’s home. As Hanna says, “Seeing my campers smile and jump with excitement as I waved them from a safe distance had a big impact on me.”

Hanna’s goal for this project is to reassure and comfort fearful patients during their hospital stay. As she says, “I understand that the hospital is not an ideal place, especially for children who like to move and play. I want to create gift bags full of activities to keep them busy, so their minds aren’t focused on their surroundings.

If other local businesses would like to participate, or if local residents would like to support Hanna’s efforts, Hanna can be contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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