More than 350 DVDs and some 360 teddy bears were collected by Y-12 employees for patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
The DVDs were collected as part of the “DVDs for Joy” campaign, which is the brainchild of KelliAnn Corbett, daughter of B&W Y-12’s Kevin Corbett. KelliAnn and her sisters collected DVDs at some Oak Ridge schools last year, and they invited Y-12ers to join them this year. Kathi Hofstad, ETCH coordinator for volunteer services and programs, said the DVDs gathered have helped create a mobile library where families can check out movies to entertain them during their stay at the hospital.
The Y-12 Employee Society launched the teddy bear collection campaign during December. Bears are given to patients during their hospital stay, eventually going home with them. Volunteers decorated the lobby of Y-12’s Jack Case Center with the bears as they collected them.