Marketplace at New Jersey hospital making it easier for families

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Saturday, April 20, 2024
Marketplace at New Jersey hospital making it easier for families
Anthony Johnson has more on how a marketplace at a New Jersey hospital is making it easier on families.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey (WABC) -- The marketplace at the Children's Specialized Hospital at RWJ Barnabas is a little slice of heaven in a place where so many things hang in the balance.

It provides families of kids recovering from traumatic injuries with supplies they need to stay with their young ones during extended hospital stays.

The marketplace has anything from shoes to clothes and toys and toiletries - it is packed with all the essentials.

"It's empowering. There's so little that you have control over when you're in the hospital or when your child is in the hospital," said marketplace organizer Charli Nobles.

In most cases, parents do not want to leave their children but run out of supplies when they are by their child's bedside day after day.

"It kind of gives you a little bit of normalcy in a place that's not so normal," Nobles added.

All of the items are donated and the hospital has a QR code so people can make donations and know exactly what is needed.

"When you're dealing with an illness or a chronic illness, the last thing you want to worry about is where am I getting my iPhone charger or some basic clothing," said Children's Specialized Hospital Dr. Matthew McDonald

For the families of hospitalized children - this is a marketplace that provides a little relief.

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