Volunteers create Courage Capes for pediatric patients

DANVILLE — Toni Reed of Janesville spent a better part of her day painting designs on ‘Courage Capes” as she volunteered for a project for Children’s Miracle Net-work at Geisinger.

The store employment associate and check out coach for the Logan Boulevard Martin’s Food Store in Altoona painted donated T-shirts made into capes that will be given to children who are brought to the pediatric emergency department at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

More than 30 volunteers from Giant Food Stores from across the region worked to cut, shape and design 400 capes from

T-shirts that were donated by the Musser family from Lebanon, Pa. Triple Play Sports in Danville donated decals to be used on the capes. The capes were decorated with fun designs and words of encouragement like “hope, brave, courage and strength.”

“I’m here because I always want to give back to the kids,” said Reed, who made the two-hour drive to Danville that morning. “It was absolutely worth the drive. I hope others can see how we came together and will be inspired to do the same for such an awesome cause.”

The capes will be used throughout the year in the pediatric emergency department and are a welcome commodity for hospital caregivers.

“The capes are wonderful and a simple way to help scared children feel a little braver when they are in the emergency department,” said Sarah Alander, MD, director of pediatric emergency medicine. “The idea that they come from volunteers in the community, helps connect us all in the important care of the children entrusted to us.”

Giant has been a partner of Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger since 1997 and has raised more than $6.7 million for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.