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Comfort Kits Helping Trauma Families: May 11, 2011

FGCU student Jennifer Beeson is using her college campus as a platform. She was severely injured in a car crash last year which shattered her skull and sent her to the Trauma Center at Lee Memorial Health System. Jennifer is still recovering. "Underneath my hair I still have a wound about the size of maybe a quarter or so that is still healing" she says.

As part of her emotional healing process, Jennifer wanted to give back to the Trauma Center. She asked a hospital social worker for input "and she proposed the idea of the comfort bags" Comfort kits are bags of essentials handed to families who arrive at the hospital after someone's been suffered a traumatic injury.

Trauma surgeon Dr. Robert O'Connor believes the comfort kits serve a useful purpose. "Having this simple measures of a comfort kit or someone else to talk really does help the patient's family relax" he says. Jennifer knows that first hand. "The bag itself is there to kind of let you know that there's other people out there that have been there." So far she's collected and donated more than a thousand items, turning everyday items into tokens of her appreciation.