Boy Scout donates furniture and toys to children’s playroom at local hospital

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Roseville resident Nick Parker has three big reasons to celebrate. Not only did the Woodcreek High School senior turn 18 recently, he also got his acceptance letter to Brigham Young University for the fall and became an Eagle Scout after completing his project benefiting Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Parker, a member of Roseville’s Boy Scout Troop 816, began his project of building a shelving unit for the children’s playroom at the hospital after being introduced to Patty Lamb, coordinator for the women’s and children’s services at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. “I met with Mrs. Lamb and we discussed ideas on what she wanted the room to be like,” Parker said. “She had ideas and I had ideas and we put them together and decided on a project.” With the help of some friends, Parker built and stained the maple wood shelving unit before presenting it to the playroom in February. “We got the big sheets of wood and cut it down to the size we needed,” Parker said. “We have a friend at church who is a cabinet maker so we used his tools and his expertise and it ended up looking really nice.” Parker’s project not only included the shelves, but Lamb said he also brightened the day of many patients by donating toys, games and DVDs to the playroom. “Our pediatric playroom was in need of an upgrade and Nick saw this as an opportunity to give back to his community,” Lamb said. “Donations such as Nick’s play a vital role in our commitment to providing not only excellent medical care, but a caring, nurturing environment for the children of our community.” Parker said he was happy his Eagle Scout project could help the hospital and was moved by the appreciation he got from his efforts. “I could see the impact of the project from Mrs. Lamb, from the kids and from the department,” Parker said. “Everyone was very affectionate and grateful and I was glad to do it for them.” ~Staff report