Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day is almost here! In anticipation, we’re sharing some of the ways funds from last year’s Iced Coffee Day have benefitted kids in local hospitals, like Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City.
With summer around the corner, the Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation® is celebrating some very happy dog days with “Famous” Amos, the hospital’s in-residence pediatric service pup. Through support from the Foundation, Amos continues to play an invaluable role in bringing joy to children, their families, and the hospital staff on his daily “rounds” as part of Mount Sinai’s Paws & Play dog program.
As an integral member of the Mount Sinai team in New York City, Amos works with his clinical handler Sydney Epstein, a Certified Child Life Specialist, as a source of paws-itivity and support for hospitalized kids while playing a crucial role in their treatment plans – whether he’s helping teach kids how to take medication, keeping a child calm during a medical procedure or encouraging a child to get out of bed for a walk.
This past year, Amos has been quite busy bringing comfort and a sense of normalcy throughout the facility, with surprise appearances in the inpatient surgical, hematology, and oncology units, the Kid Zone TV studio, and the Child Life Zone as well as his daily animal-assisted therapy consults. Over the last year, Amos and his clinical handlers conducted more than 2,300 therapeutic sessions with patients, family, and staff members – that’s a lot of love and joy!
Dogs like Amos have an incredible impact on families during one of the most challenging times of their children’s lives. As we celebrate Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day, let’s raise a cup to them! Stop by your local Dunkin’ on May 23 to make your coffee run count, as $1 from every iced coffee* sold at participating Dunkin’ locations will be donated to the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation to continue support for programs like this.
To learn more about the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit www.bringjoy.org.
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*Excludes Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew.