Once we got home, we thought about it and not every family owns an iPhone or the other things I just listed.
Our project is called "iPods from Cohen" :) We decided we wanted to donate 18 iPod Touches to the Children's Medical Cardiac Intense Care Unit. This would allow each room to have one, giving them access to most everything I mentioned.
This way, all patients/families in the room would have access to communication they may not normally have access to. I cannot imagine not having been able to take pictures & videos of Cohen; not to have been able to email/blog them; not to have been able to play music for him; not to have been able to research on the internet when we were given a term we were unsure of. The list goes on.
Brent and I decided we would start saving some for this, though we had to put other things first for the time being. We were hoping to have it finished up by Cohen's first birthday, but that didn't happen. We started having to save for Cohen's brother & sister :)
We have talked to Children's and they love the idea. They approved us to do the iPods and want us to let them know when we will be coming to bring them so they can let the staff & media department know.
We did have a company contact us in the fall about being interested in helping. After they got their budget for 2011, they decided it wasn't something they would be able to fit in. When they requested information, this is what we sent them......
We are hoping to start a project in memory of our son, Cohen. Cohen had a broken heart and was at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas TX, from June 7, 2010 and passed away at Children’s on June 18, 2010. We underwent a major heart surgery and several other surgeries and procedures. He was quite the fighter. While he was in the hospital, he loved listening to music on our iPod (which was located on our iPhone). Though the hospital did play standard background music, we felt it would be nice if Cohen could listen to the same music as his mommy and daddy, which he heard before he was ever born. We felt like he enjoyed it as well as responded to it. He had previously smiled for us when we turned on music during an ultrasound. With this project, we are hoping to raise money to purchase iPod Touches for each of the rooms in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Medical Center. This way, the children can listen to the music at any time. The older ones can also play games for entertainment. If the parents need to access the Internet, but don’t have a computer, they can do that also. Along with the music and Internet, the iPod Touch also offers “face time.” You can speak to someone on the phone and see them if they have a phone that offers this or an iPod touch. You could also Skype. We think this would be a great way for children to visit with their loved ones and be able to see them even if they can’t be there at the hospital. If the family does not have a camera of their own, the iPod Touch also takes pictures. They could then email the pictures from the touch to themselves or a loved on. We cherish each and every one of our pictures and videos we have of our little boy. We would be honored to make this donation in memory of him. We think having this technology available at Children’s would be a wonderful amenity and that every patient, family member and friend would be very grateful. We are hoping to be able to donate 18 iPod Touches and their cost is approximately $229. We appreciate you contacting us and feel any amount of help would be a blessing.
We hope to have the project complete my Cohen's second birthday. Christmas is our short-goal, but we will just have to see how things go!
I've never heard of Apple discounting for bulk purchases, but calling them about it has been on my to-do list for quite some time.
To read and see lots of details about the iPod Touch you can look here.
The first iPod image was designed by Diamond Doll Designs :)