Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (December 22, 2009)---Dave and Erin Feichtner and Dave and Wendy Greene have lots to be proud of this holiday season. Their children know the importance of giving. Last Friday, their four children donated two garbage bags full of their gently used stuffed animals to Botsford Hospital’s Emergency department.
Four years ago, Wendy and Dave Greene’s daughters, Morgann and Kira told their parents they wanted to give their stuffed animals to sick children. They called Uncle Dave (Feichtner), who is a Lieutenant with the Farmington Hills Fire Department, and he suggested donating their animals to Botsford Hospital. So, that’s exactly what they did.
Now, four years later, the Greenes and the Feichtners are giving more. Morgann Greene, 9 years old and the oldest of the children, says, “I was in the hospital when I was a baby and my parents told me about how I had lots of stuffed animals to cuddle with. I just wanted other kids to have something too.”
Her sister Kira, 7, says, “I just want kids that don’t have anything when they are sick to get something.” Jacob, 5, is learning from his cousins and parents too. He says, “I want kids who can’t come home for Christmas to have animals to love on.”
The youngest of the four, Aidan, 2, doesn’t know he is making a difference yet. However, as dad, Dave Feichtner, says, “He is giving without knowing, and he’ll learn more about giving when he’s older.”
PHOTO CAPTION: The Feichtner and Greene Family Show that Giving is Just as Good as Receiving.
Seated: Jacob Feichtner, Erin Feichtner, Morgann Greene, Wendy Greene, Kira Greene
Back Row: Dave Feichtner, Aidan Feichtner, Richard Traicoff, D.O., and Lisa Bailey, R.N.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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