Better known for the stoic science behind ensuring the quality, strength, identity, and purity of your medicines, foods, and dietary supplements, USP spent today providing cheer to patients at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., through a partnership with Cheeriodicals.
USP and Cheeriodicals distributed 300 of Cheeriodicals’ distinctive big green boxes—stuffed with everything from magazines and activity books to room decorations and games—to Children’s National patients through the donated delivery efforts of Two Men and a Truck of Alexandria, Virginia.
The USP contingent on hand at Children’s National included USP Nomenclature and Labeling Expert Committee Members Stephanie Crawford of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy, Hospira Director of Medical Services, Mary Baker, and Thomas Reinders, Associate Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy, along with USP CEO Ron Piervincenzi, and USP Chief Science Officer Jaap Venema. The USP gift box delivery represents Cheeriodicals’ first donation partnership in the D.C. region.
Cheeriodicals offers corporate team building activities during which teams create and deliver gift boxes to hospitalized children. 300 USP staff and scientific expert volunteers participated in creating the boxes, culminating in what Piervincenzi describes as a “joyous result.” As part of its charitable component, Cheeriodicals makes a donation to the foundations of hospitals that receive boxes as part of a team building event.
Children’s National, rated one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States, is on the leading edge of research in a variety of specialty areas, to include cancer and immunology, genetic medicine, and pediatric neuroscience.
USP staff and volunteers have recently participated in a variety of charitable efforts, including Relay for Life, disaster relief following the Nepalese earthquake, and even immersed themselves as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.