Grateful Patient, Jonah Bassuk, Continues to Bring Smiles to Patients’ Faces

August 11, 2017

Nearly two years to the day that Jonah Bassuk was taken by ambulance to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for an emergency appendectomy while on a family vacation, the 11-year-old returned on August 9 to help lift the spirits of patients.

This past May, Jonah organized a month-long toy collection at his school in New York, donating the results to Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Where Jonah’s inaugural collection in 2016 involved his class, this year’s drive engaged his entire elementary school of nearly 600 students. The results were remarkable; Jonah nearly doubled his goal of collecting 250 items—a variety of toys, games, and books—from students in every grade.

“It feels good to give to kids who might not be having the best of times while at the hospital,” said Jonah, who will begin 6th grade in September and plans to bring his drive to his new middle school. “When I spent a week at Hasbro Children’s, I was able to play games and always had things to do. I want to make sure other kids have that same chance.”

In addition to organizing the collection at his school, Jonah went to several merchants to secure gift certificates to encourage and reward student participation. For many of Jonah’s peers, their participation in “Bluebirds for Hasbro,” named after the school’s mascot, was their very first giving-related experience.

Jonah’s amazing enthusiasm, energy, and support of our hospital is an inspiration to us all!

Kids Helping Kidss
Jonah Bassuk poses with Christopher Muratore, MD, after giving him a New York Yankees basketball hoop for his office. Dr. Muratore performed Jonah’s emergency appendectomy in August 2015.

Kids Helping Kids
On August 9, Jonah Bassuk (first row, far left) and his family made the trip from their home in Rye Brook, NY, to donate the impressive results of his toy drive to benefit Hasbro Children’s Hospital.