Denver Health receives hundreds of Comcast volunteers for a day of caring


Posted Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Comcast rains volunteer service polishing Denver Health Medical Center

DENVER- On an overcast Saturday morning, Comcast employees, friends and family gave back to the community rejuvenating Denver Health Medical Center.

Hundreds of volunteers banded together for Comcast Cares Day to make the lives of the patients at Denver Health a little brighter. Comcast has been providing community service since 2001 and have donated 1.4 million hours of service across the country.

“Over 90 percent of infants born at Denver Health are born into poverty,”
said Robin Engelberg the project manager of Newborns in Need. There are over 4,500 babies born at Denver Health. “Every baby that leaves Denver Health is given a newborn welcome basket, the baskets include: diapers, wipes, clothes, a blanket, and sometimes a car seat, stroller or even a crib depending on what the mother’s need the most,” Engelberg said.

Among the volunteers landscaping around the morgue was Amanda Filbert. She worked on flower beds, trimmed the hedges, picked up trash, raked up pine needles and even dredged the pond near the emergency room.

“It was a rewarding experience. Could have done without the gray skies and getting rained on. At least it wasn’t too hot,” Filbert said.

Some volunteers brought their pick up truck which were loaded with mulch. The landscaping materials were taken around to different parts of the medical campus to help beautify the area.

Families with younger children worked in one classroom to make fleece blankets to put into the newborn welcome baskets for the babies in the hospital. In another classroom on the Denver Health campus, more volunteers put backpacks together for the older children that have been hospitalized.  The backpacks had different items in them including coloring books and plush animals.

The Garth Brooks Foundation even showed up to dedicate a unit to the hospital. The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation opened Child Life Zone. The fun new area will give children the education, relaxation and help they deserve. The foundation’s goal is working in partnership with professional athletes and celebrities earn money to give to charities for children. Along with Brooks, Kyle Orton, Troy Aikman, Trisha Yearwood and Karl Mecklenburg came by for the grand opening.

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