As the cold weather was approaching, Manet pediatrician Charles Bell, MD worried that some of his patients wouldn’t have winter coats to keep them warm, so he organized a coat drive, mobilizing Manet staff to donate new and gently used children’s coats to be distributed to children and families in need. The drive netted a closet full of children’s coats in sizes from toddler to young adult. Information is available at the front desks of our Quincy sites.

Manet also received a slew of colorful and cozy handmade hats, scarves, mittens and gloves in an assortment of sizes and styles for our patients and families. The beautiful cold weather accessories were made by volunteers and donated through the joint program of Caps for Kids from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in collaboration with Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble in Braintree for donating hundreds of childrens books to our Manet sites as part of the Reach Out and Read program. Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based program that incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together. Each child receives a book at their yearly exam.