SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic’s Olivia Welham has always wanted to give back to the community, so when she had to come up with a Service Project for her church this summer she immediately knew what she wanted to do.
In a great act of kindness and compassion, Welham, a junior at UC who is a Peer Minister at St. Helen’s in Westfield, collected over 500 DVDs and donated them to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick
Welham has always had a soft spot for children who are hospitalized because of her own experiences when she was younger.
"I chose to collect the DVDs because when I was younger, and I was in the hospital several times,’’ said Welham, who lives in Scotch Plains. “I always remember watching movies, which distracted me from the potentially negative experience of being in the ER. I felt I had a responsibility to give back to the community in order to make the experience in the hospital more enjoyable for the children. I hope this small act of compassion can make even one child's experience at Bristol-Myers Squibb a positive one."
It was a busy summer for Welham, who shadowed Dr. Lisa Toffey every Monday during the month of August at Overlook Hospital because she’s considering pursuing a career in the medical profession.
Welham is also very active at UC. She’s plays on the varsity softball team, she’s a Student Ambassador, and is a member of SMAC (Student Movement Against Cancer), the Crayon Club, the Glamour Gals, and the National Honor Society.