Hugh Jenkins and Larisha Barnes-Taylor
Spend $25 for a Pollyanna gift to exchange with a co-worker, or use the money to better the lives of people who could really use it?
For a group of employees in Einstein’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine over the holidays, there was no question about it—not when there are so many needy people in the world.
“We wanted to make a donation instead of a Pollyanna,” says histology technologist Larisha (Re) Barnes-Taylor. “We wanted to find an organization we could donate to.” The organization they chose was Cradles to Crayons, which collects new and gently used children’s items—everything from toys to clothing to diapers—to help families in need. Barnes-Taylor had seen Cradles to Crayons profiled locally on 6ABC’s Action News.
“We raised a lot more than we thought we were going to,” says microbiology technologist Kim Toms. The grand total: $260 and four big boxes full of Cradles to Crayons’ most needed items—diapers, toys, books, stuffed animals, toiletries, school uniforms, blankets, clothing and more.
Barnes-Taylor and pathology attendant Hugh Jenkins recently delivered the donations to Cradles to Crayons’ Conshohocken warehouse.
Barnes-Taylor came away so impressed that she decided to become a volunteer.
Here are some photos from Barnes-Taylor’s and Jenkins’ visit to Cradles to Crayons.