Kid Flicks donates movie library to Sanford Vermillion Medical Center

Kid Flicks donates movie library to Sanford Vermillion Medical Center Sanford Vermillion Medical Center recently received a movie library of 100 new DVD movies. Kari Jo James, family and child life specialist, contacted Kid Flicks earlier  this year with a request for movies to have on hand for pediatric hospital patients. "The hospital can be a very scary place especially when you are not feeling well. Having movies helps distract children from their pain and provides a low key activity that promotes normalization during their healing process. We are grateful for the generous donation from Kid Flicks," said James. Kid Flicks, a not-for-profit organization was founded by California sisters, Marni and Berni Barta, who decided to collect movies for their hospitalized friend. Originally movies were collected from family and friends but soon expanded to contacting movie studios and production companies and organizing collection drives at area schools.  Hospitals making a request are sent a "movie library" of 100 assorted films that appeal to toddlers through teens. Once local California hospitals were given movie libraries, Kid Flicks began shipping movies to other hospitals. Grants and awards have covered the shipping costs. As of March 31, Kid Flicks has donated 41,700 movies to 417 different hospitals throughout the United States and South Africa.  For more information, visit kidflicks.org. Sanford Vermillion's once DVD library of a handful has now expanded to a wide variety of movies that appeal to a range of audiences. Patients who feel up to it enjoy the option of taking in a movie during their healing and recovery.  Community members interested in adding to our updated collection may contact Kari Jo James at (605) 638-8319. Sanford Vermillion is a member of the Sanford Health Network.

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