Caitlin’s Smiles Accepts Huge Donation of Play-Doh

Caitlin’s Smiles accepted a donation of 9,551 cans of Play-Doh from Amazon PHL4 warehouse based in Carlisle. Caitlin’s Smiles received the delivery at 3303 North Sixth Street in Harrisburg.  This is just a portion of the 67,246 cans of Play-Doh donated by Amazon Associates working at warehouses throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, and Maryland.

“This was a huge donation for us!  Our warehouse was getting empty and had plenty of room for it.  The Amazon Associates are an integral part in helping us spread smiles to children in hospitals.  Just this month, we have used over 4400 cans of playdoh in our Bags of Smiles and Coping Kit hospital donations”, said Caitlin’s Smiles founder Cheryl Hornung. “Playdoh has a great value in a hospital.  It helps develop fine motor skills.  The squishy soft dough provides a tactile sensory challenge.  And it’s just fun and provides the patients with a fun positive distraction!”

The donations come through Amazon’s “Battle of the Buildings” where associates joined together at each warehouse to compete against other warehouses to have the highest amount of Play-Doh collected for Caitlin’s Smiles.

What will all this Play-Doh be used for? Caitlin’s Smiles provides arts & crafts activities to children receiving treatment in 150 hospitals, clinics and emergency departments throughout Pennsylvania and the surrounding states.

Play-Doh is an essential part of these activities. The Bag of Smiles, for kids staying overnight in hospitals, each contains 2 cans of Play-Doh along with other arts & crafts activities. The Coping Kits, for kids undergoing treatment in day clinics and emergency departments, each contain 1 can of Play-Doh plus other arts & craft activities.

In the past two years, Caitlin’s Smiles has sent nearly 75,000 cans of Play-Doh to kids in medical facilities. Since its founding in 2004, the non-profit has provided arts & crafts activities to 2.1 million children undergoing medical treatment.

In Central Pennsylvania, Caitlin’s Smiles serves children in Penn State Hershey Medical Center, UPMC Harrisburg Hospital, Penn State Holy Spirit Hospital, UPMC West Shore Hospital, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital, UPMC Carlisle Hospital and several more facilities throughout the region.