The New Beetle Club of Southern California Brings Fun and Generosity to Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach

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Four-year-old, Aiden, gets behind the wheel of one of Miller Children’s newest toys – a mini Volkswagen Beetle.

Four-year-old, Aiden, gets behind the wheel of one of Miller Children’s newest toys – a mini Volkswagen Beetle.

More than 40 decorated Volkswagen Beetles caravanned to Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach on Saturday, Oct. 12 to deliver children’s videos, toys, art supplies and miniature car models. Patients and families walked through rows of customized cars for a close up look at the one-of-a-kind Beetles, including one designed to look like a cow that even “mooed.”

The New Beetle Club of Southern California, a local car club, has been helping bring fun and generosity to patients at Miller Children’s for more than 12 years by bringing VW Beetles full of toys to the hospital. This event supplies the Child Life Program with toys that they need to support pediatric patients throughout the year. In addition to toys, the club hosted a raffle that raised more than $1,800 to support the Child Life Program.

“Our ability to care for our patients and families depends on the support of our community, and the Annual Toy Jam is a great example of that community support,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life Program. “Not only do they provide essential items that we can use throughout the year, but they create a special experience for our patients and families that help lift their spirits during a difficult time.”

Patients, and their families, walked through rows of new and customized Volkswagen Beetles, collecting bags of goodies along the way

Patients, and their families, walked through rows of new and customized Volkswagen Beetles, collecting bags of goodies along the way

The toys delivered during the annual toy jam help stock up the pediatric playrooms at Miller Children’s, which are used by hundreds of patients and siblings each year. In addition, each patient who attended the toy jam walked away with a bag full of goodies courtesy of the various car owners.

The 12th Annual Toy Jam was coordinated by the Southern California New Beetle Club, Timmons VW in Long Beach and the Child Life Program at Miller Children’s. The Child Life Program was developed to help make the hospital experience more positive for children of all ages. Child Life specialists use medical play and distraction techniques to help children adjust to their hospital stay and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood activities.

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