A TRUE ACT OF KINDNESS : FOREST HILLS AIGNER CHOCOLATES COLLECTS 1,400 DRAWINGS TO BE HUNG IN LIG’S PEDIACTRIC UNIT ROOMS

The drawings, which Aigner Chocolates collected in exchange for lollipops, will now be donated to pediatric-unit rooms at local hospitals.

The drawings, which Aigner Chocolates collected in exchange for lollipops, will now be donated to pediatric-unit rooms at local hospitals. (Rachel Kellner)

FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Forest Hills initiative to support sick kids is coming to a close, but it already met its goal by more than threefold.

In January, Aigner Chocolates started handing out flower-shaped lollipops to kids in exchange for their drawings of flowers, which will be hung in pediatric-unit rooms at Elmhurst and LIJ Forest Hills hospital.

This is the second chocolate-for-drawings initiative organized by the family-owned business during the pandemic, and co-owner Rachel Kellner initially told Patch she hoped to collect more than 300 flower-themed drawings — a goal that she’s now far exceeded, having collected more than 1,400 drawings.

 

 

queens ny real estate

 

“We could’ve never imagined collecting this many drawings to be shared with children” at the hospital, Kellner told Patch in a statement on Monday.

The co-owner, who’s handed out hundreds of lollipops at her Metropolitan Avenue shop since the “flower power initiative” kicked off last month, sees the community project as part of the chocolate shop’s mission.

“Community is what Aigner Chocolates is all about and we feel so fortunate to be a part of one that cares so much,” she said.

The flower project came to an end on Monday, but Kellner is still busy tying up loose ends: on Tuesday she went to P.S. 101 in Forest Hills to distribute lollipops to kids, who donated their artwork as part of a school project.

That same day, healthcare workers from Elmhurst and LIJ Forest Hills hospitals plan to pick up the drawings, and bring them back to pediatric-unit rooms in their respective hospitals.

Nurse Francine Kelly, who oversees the emergency department at LIJ Forest Hills, told Patch that she expects the initiative will be “reassuring distraction” for kids admitted into the hospital, as well as a “heartwarming” reminder of community for the hospital’s doctors and nurses.

Courtesy Of Patch.com

Leave a Comment