Optimists Donation of “Rides 4 Kids” at Dayton Children’s Enhances Kids Treatment Experience

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club delivered five wagons and five push carts to Dayton Children’s Hospital recently.  This was the second donation of wagons and push carts which are used to transport children into and out of the hospital as well as between their rooms and test labs.  “The wagons and push carts improve the experience for the kids and make transporting them less frightening” said Myron Rheaume, President of the Centerville Optimist Club.  Rheaume commented further, “We have a long history of supporting Dayton Children’s with a previous donation of wagons and carts, hosting Free Build a Bear events, as well as making a $25,000 gift to support a place for kids in the new hospital expansion project that is nearing completion.”
“We are so grateful for this wonderful donation from the Centerville Noon Optimist Club! Your generosity continues to make a positive difference in the lives of the young patients we serve.” stated Jill Lewis, Dayton Children’s Donator Relations Specialist who accepted the gift on behalf of the hospital.
Mr. Rheaume gives the credit to the local community for supporting the club: “We do what we do because we believe our children are our future – without the support of our local community purchasing Christmas Trees at our tree lot, or subscribing to our Avenue of Flags or participating in our Tee Off for Youth Golf Outing, none of this would be possible.”
The Centerville Noon Optimist Club, founded in 1968, is a volunteer service club whose motto is “Friend of Youth”.   The Club meets for lunch every Tuesday at twelve noon at Yankee Trace Golf Course Clubhouse for lunch and members of the public are invited to attend to see what the club is all about.