Dayton Children's opens new activity center thanks to donations from Walmart, Sam's Club

Dayton Children's opens new activity center thanks to donations from Walmart, Sam's Club (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton Children's Hospital has opened a new activity center at the hospital and it's a place they say is crucial for patients' recovery.

The center was made possible by donations raised by Walmart and Sam's Club. For the past 30 years, they've donated more than $3.4 million to Dayton Children's. Money's raised from associates and customers. For the activity center that was opened Wednesday, Walmart and Sam's Club donated around $125,000.

Deborah Feldman, President and CEO of Dayton Children's said donations from corporations is 'incredibly important' for the hospital to provide care. The newest addition to the hospital is important to the healing process, Feldman said, because first and foremost, the patients they treat are kids, ""they still need to be able to play, they still need to be able to be kids, regardless of their diagnosis, regardless of what they may be going through." Feldman said the new center is a place where patients can just be kids. It'll help more than just the patients, the center will also be a place for their siblings to enjoy.

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