NORMAN — New parents at Norman Regional’s HealthPlex will leave the hospital with more than a new baby.
They also will receive a brand new book, thanks to a donation from Altrusa International, a women’s service organization, and Kidoodles Toy Zone, 425 W. Main St.
More than 250 books were donated to the hospital by the Norman chapter of Altrusa and Kidoodles through the “Books for Babies” program. The book, “Sophie’s Busy Day,” features Sophie the giraffe, a children’s teething toy. The book has many textures for babies to touch.
“Parents love something tangible,” said Vickie Cotton, RN, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. “Moms will definitely read this to their babies.”
Altrusa was the first volunteer service group to adopt literacy as a focus in 1977. The two organizations have partnered to donate books to Norman Regional and its new parents for the past 10 years.
Nurses in the HealthPlex’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will pass the books out to new parents.