New chapter for Stanford-ValleyCare's Urgent Care

Scout leads project to provide books for children, teens

Blake Kenney and nurses at Stanford Health Care-Valley Care Urgent Care are pleased that young patients can receive donated books, thanks to his Eagle Scout project. (Contributed photo)

Young patients at Stanford Health Care-Valley Care's Urgent Care may find their visits a little less stressful, thanks to Blake Kenney's Eagle Scout project.

Kenney, a member of Boy Scout Troop 908 and a freshman at Amador Valley High, is an avid reader and knows the comfort and distraction books can provide, and he also wanted to share his love of reading. So for his project, he organized the collection of about 360 books for children and teens for the two urgent care sites.

He also raised $495 that will be used to buy more books when they are needed.

"We're so grateful that Blake chose SHC-VC Urgent Care as the recipient of his charitable work," clinical manager Anita Petagara said. "Having books available to our pediatric patients provides a level of comfort during what can be a scary experience. The team looks forward to being able to provide these books to children in our care."

Early this summer, Kenney and his team of volunteers distributed door-hangers in three Pleasanton neighborhoods asking for donations of new books for the urgent care patients, and he was overwhelmed by the response. Even after the designated collection weekend, the monetary donations and requests for book pickups kept coming.

Once the books were collected, Kenney supervised his team while they sorted the books and placed a label in each one that reads, "You may take this book home. Donated by Blake Kenney, Eagle Scout Project, 2019, Troop 908."

"We are so honored to be the beneficiaries of Blake's Eagle Project," said Shaké Sulikyan, executive director of ValleyCare Charitable Foundation. "It's amazing what this community can do when they band together for the greater good."

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