In a heartwarming display of community spirit and generosity last December, the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club significantly contributed to Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), bringing smiles and educational enrichment to young patients. The Rotary Club, known for its dedication to service and community support, donated 250 children's books, including 60 in Spanish, demonstrating a commitment to cultural inclusivity and the importance of early childhood literacy.


This thoughtful donation by the Rotary Club, funded by their dedicated fundraising efforts, is a testament to their belief in the power of reading and education. The books are not just books; they have been carefully selected to cater to the young minds in various hospital departments, including the emergency and pediatric departments. Such a diverse collection ensures that children of different ages and interests can find a story that resonates with them, offering comfort and distraction during challenging times in the hospital.

The handover ceremony was a momentous occasion, attended by key figures who have played a pivotal role in this collaboration. The attendees included Abbot Fluer, the president of the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club; Luda Samuels, the associate volunteer experience program manager at NWH; Keeva Young-Wright, the associate executive director of operations and president of the NWH Foundation; Derek Anderson, MPH, FACHE, the executive director of NWH; and William Taufic, a dedicated volunteer with the Bedford-Armonk Rotary Club.

Their presence underscored the collaborative efforts and strong partnerships that make such initiatives possible. It was a moment of pride for all involved, highlighting the community's ability to unite for a noble cause.

The impact of this donation extends beyond the physical books. It symbolizes hope, care, and the joy of reading, bringing children a sense of normalcy and delight during their hospital stays. It also underscores the critical role of community organizations like the Bedford-Armonk Rotary in supporting healthcare institutions and making a tangible difference in patients' lives.

This event, covered by Northwell Health, is an inspiring example of how communities can unite to make a positive impact, especially for the younger members who are our future. The books will provide entertainment and education and foster a love for reading and learning among the young patients at NWH. This invaluable gift lasts a lifetime.