Goodie Bags for Children in Need

YMCA of Greater Brandywine community sponsor, Nemours, helps local families in West Chester, Pa

West Chester, PA (September 2020) – Families in the Greater West Chester area were the recipients of COVID-19 “goodie” bags as part of a partnership between Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and the YMCA of Greater Brandywine.  This drive-up event, held at the Oscar Lasko YMCA and Childcare Center in the Borough of West Chester, wrapped up “Nemours Cares Week” on Saturday, August 22. 

Nemours staff collected hundreds of items and then thoughtfully packed necessary personal items like hygiene products, food, masks, hand sanitizer and cleaning products into family sized tote bags.  Children also received a “goodie” bag that included toys, puzzles, and games.  To maintain safety protocol and social distancing measures, cars pulled up to the curbside at the branch to receive their bag from a group of volunteers that included both YMCA and Nemours staff.

“Volunteerism is important to us” says Michelle Shorter, Director of Community Engagement for Nemours Children’s Health. “We are always looking for opportunities for our employees to give back. It creates a deeper partnership.” Each year, Nemours employees go above and beyond not only for their patients and their families, but for our community. Annually through Nemours Cares, the healthcare system creates opportunities for their associates to go into the community and serve. 

As a loyal community partner since 2015, Nemours has generously supported a number of key programs offered by the Y including: Power Scholars Academy, Healthy Kids Day, and “Safety Around Water” to name a few.  Nemours received the prestigious Community Partner of the Year award in 2019 from the YMCA of Greater Brandywine for their continued commitment to children’s physical and mental health.  

Thank you to Nemours for continuing to support those in need inside and outside of your locations! 


About Nemours Children’s Health
Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.