Filling the treasure chest

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By Jesef Williams

Students with the SWEET PEAS mentoring program recently undertook an initiative that aimed to bring joy to local hospitalized children.

SWEET PEAS, which consists of area seventh-grade girls, applied for and received a grant from Young People in Charge to buy toys for children admitted to Springs Memorial Hospital.

Young People in Charge and SWEET PEAS are both part of the Children’s Council, a non-profit organization that provides various programs and services for Lancaster County youth.

About 20 girls participate in SWEET PEAS.

The $500 grant allowed the SWEET PEAS to buy toys for the “treasure chest” on the children’s floor at Springs Memorial Hospital. There were toys appropriate for infants, toddlers, children and teens, all in an attempt to make their hospital stay a little more enjoyable.

The girls dropped the toys off May 28.

“This is just one of many community service projects in which SWEET PEAS participates,”  SWEET PEAS coordinator Ashely Melton said. “Everyone should try to give back to their community whenever possible.”

The girls also provided books for the treasure chest, and Build-A-Bear donated eight stuffed animals. More than 200 toys in all were given.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com  or at (803) 283-1152