Former Patient Returns to Hospital as Kohl’s Volunteer
December 15, 2016
For Alicia Currin, assembling dental health kits in August was more than an opportunity to volunteer with fellow Kohl’s associates – it was a homecoming. Born with spina bifida, Alicia was three months old when she first visited Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. She received physical and occupational therapy at the Brook Road Campus until she started school and returned for annual check-ups throughout high school.
In August, Alicia and 18 other Kohl’s associates helped assemble 13,000 dental health kits that will be distributed to first graders in Central Virginia as part of the Kohl’s Cares® Dental Outreach Program. Kohl’s recently donated $52,577 to fund the eighth annual program, which shares information about dental health and hygiene with students in the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Prince George and the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond. Alicia’s 6-year-old daughter will be one of those students receiving a kit this year.
Kohl’s regularly supports associate volunteer efforts by donating at least $500 for each store that sends five or more associates to volunteer at a community event. A cashier at Kohl’s Mechanicsville store for the last three years, Alicia said she wanted to participate in other company volunteer efforts at the hospital during those years but her work schedule always prevented her. This year, she said, “I made sure I got there. It was amazing to see how different [the hospital is] and what they are doing now.”
Since Alicia’s last visit, she graduated from high school, held multiple jobs, got married, had her daughter and started community college classes. Many of Alicia’s co-workers who volunteered with her in August were amazed to learn of her personal connection and see her on the cover of one of Children’s Hospital Foundation’s earliest magazines.
“When I was [a patient], I learned how to walk and take care of myself,” Alicia said. “I never thought I’d be able to live on my own or have my daughter. I’m definitely blessed.”Thanks to Alicia and other Kohl’s volunteers, Children’s Hospital Foundation received a $1,500 donation, representing the three stores that had associates participate in the August volunteer event.