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Home Works Painting Donation

On Friday December 4th 2015, Brain Injury Services was presented with a check for $5,055 from Home Works Painting president and founder Mike Katounas. During the month of December, the company initiated a campaign which would give back 5% of all interior residential signed contracts to the Brain Injury Services Pediatric Department.

“We were very surprised and overwhelmed by the generous offer from Home Works Painting to donate a portion of their proceeds to our Pediatric Program” says Brooke Annessa who is a pediatric case manager at Brain Injury Services. “It is so wonderful to form a new partnership with a local business in our community that can help us meet the needs of the families we serve.”

The Pediatric Program serves over 80 children and their family every year. Some of their clients have experienced traumatic, non-accidental injuries, while others have survived traumatic brain injury, strokes, and AVM bleeds. The program supports clients in every aspect of their lives – including educational, medical, recreation, family, mental health, and more.

Director of the Pediatric Program Jo Thompson said, “The donation from Home Works Painting will help us be better able to assist children with brain injuries in so many ways. The funds will enable us to help cover medical expenses, provide educational support services, as well as recreational and social activities for the children we serve. It will make a huge difference to the families in our program!”

This donation from Home Works Painting is deeply appreciated and comes during Brain Injury Services’ annual appeal campaign to raise money from local donors and organizations. In the end, the campaign actually raised $5,454.72! Thank you so much to Home Works Painting and their amazing contribution.

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Keep Your Children Safe This Winter

Winter officially begins on December 22, but frigid temps have already impacted many parts of the country. Keep your children safe and warm this winter with these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • Dress infants and children warmly for outdoor activities. Several thin layers will keep them dry and warm. Don’t forget warm boots, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
  • The rule of thumb for older babies and young children is to dress them in one more layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same conditions.
  • Blankets, quilts, pillows, bumpers, sheepskins and other loose bedding should be kept out of an infant’s sleeping environment because they are associated with suffocation deaths. One-piece sleepers or wearable blankets are preferred.
  • If a blanket must be used to keep a sleeping infant warm, it should be thin and tucked under the crib mattress, reaching only as far as the baby’s chest, so the infant’s face is less likely to become covered by bedding materials.
  • If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cold air humidifier in the child’s room at night. Saline nose drops or petrolatum jelly may help keep nasal tissues moist. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician.
  • Many pediatricians feel that bathing two or three times a week is enough for an infant’s first year. More frequent baths may dry out the skin, especially during the winter.
  • Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds and flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help reduce the spread of colds and flu.