Nurse uses $500 gift to help hospitalized children - WKRN News 2

Nurse uses $500 gift to help hospitalized children


A nurse recently used an unexpected gift of $500 to help a cause close to her heart in a 60 minute miracle.

The concept is simple. News 2 gave a stranger $500 in cash.

The recipients of the money, Beth and Jose Bravo, then had to give the cash to a person or cause in need in just one hour.

Beth, a nurse, quickly zeroed in on a cause she directly deals with on a regular basis at work.

"I know they have a lot of different charities that work at the children's hospital," she said. "The first thing that came to my mind was going over to children's [hospital]."

With the cash in hand, Beth and Jose quickly run over to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and met with Stephanie Van Dyke, director of child life and volunteer services.

Almost immediately it was decided the money would be used to buy toys for hospitalized children.

"One of my friends who works in the pediatric ICU here and she was talking to me about how big of a difference it can make in a kid's day just to get a small toy to play with.  So I think if we had our way it would go to buy some toys for them to play with," Beth said.

She continued, "It's a tough job.  Especially at Vanderbilt they see the sickest of the sick kids over there, but they do such a fantastic job over there.   It's an incredible place and just hearing their stories it's amazing what they do.  Any bit that helps these kids and families is important."

After graciously thanking the couple, Van Dyke said the money will be spent on toys on the hospital's wish list and other needed items.

For more information on Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, visit their Web site.

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