McLaren Central Receives 240 Backpacks from Lions Club

McLaren Central Michigan (MCM) was the recipient of 240 backpacks donated by the Mt. Pleasant Michigan Lions Club in collaboration with Sleepy Dog Books. The backpacks—filled with stickers, colored pencils, coloring book and stuffed lion—will be provided to children visiting the Emergency Department at the hospital.

“These backpacks will help ease a child’s experience when visiting,” said Dr. Daniel Wilkerson, Director of Emergency Medicine at MCM. “Emergent visits are unplanned, and if we can provide them with something to help pass the time and put a smile on their face, that makes their day brighter.”

McLaren Central Michigan would like to thank both organizations for their contributions and for making a young child’s visit to the hospital more enjoyable. The Mt. Pleasant Michigan Lions Club used funds raised from their annual Chicken Barbecue and Chili Supper to purchase the backpacks and most of the contents. Sleepy Dog Books, a recently opened bookstore in Mt. Pleasant, donated the stuffed lion.

Mt. Pleasant Michigan Lions Club and Sleepy Dog Books present McLaren Central Michigan Emergency Department with 240 backpacks for children. Pictured with the backpacks are Kelsey Coyne, Lions Club member; Riley Justis, owner Sleepy Dog Books; Diane Fleming, Lions Club member; Dr. Daniel Wilkerson, Director of Emergency Medicine at MCM; Caren Kosal, Manager of Emergency, Trauma & Stroke Services at MCM; and Lorrin Rupert, Lions Club member.