Kiwanis secretary Rita Bezdicek presents one of the trauma dolls that women of the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club made for the Spring Valley ambulance service to EMT Patty O'Connell.
Kiwanis secretary Rita Bezdicek presents one of the trauma dolls that women of the Spring Valley Kiwanis Club made for the Spring Valley ambulance service to EMT Patty O'Connell.
Sometimes you just need somebody to love.

"The Kiwanis has made 24 trauma dolls for the Spring Valley Ambulance Service," said Spring Valley Kiwanis Club immediate past president Nancy Cornell, showing one of the plain white, handmade dolls donated to the ambulance service.

"The ambulance service can keep these dolls ready so that if they go on a call where there are children who need to be transported in the ambulance, they can give the child a doll to hold until they get to the hospital so the child feels more comfortable."

Not only do the dolls provide security, they also offer doctors and nurses a way to show their pediatric patients what procedures will be done.

"When they get to the hospital, the doctor can show the kids what they need to do to make them feel better, like if they need to put in an intravenous line, they can demonstrate on the doll first so it isn't so scary," said Cornell.

Patty O'Connell, of the ambulance service, accepted the dolls for the crew and thanked the Kiwanians who had sewn them, noting that having something to hug in a time of hurt and stress makes a difference in how children handle their fears.

Once the patients are released, they can keep the dolls and draw faces on them or have someone make clothing for them, and if they ever have to go to the hospital again, they have someone who's been there with them before, right by their side.