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Mineola Middle School Students Make Special Donation to the Dialysis Center at Winthrop
July 22, 2015

Students at Mineola Middle School have been learning about compassion in their Life Skills class, and during a recent visit to Winthrop’s Dialysis Center, one student raised his hand to share his interpretation: “to feel for someone who is sad or sick and do what you can to make them feel better.”

The students at Mineola Middle School are doing just that, and were at the Dialysis Center to make a special donation of more than 150 heart-shaped pillows they made to let patients undergoing dialysis treatment know they were thinking of them.

These special gifts help brighten the days of our patients, and we are so pleased the students at Mineola Middle School continue to think of us,” said Jennifer Sullivan, Social Worker at Winthrop’s Dialysis Center. This is the third time students from Mineola Middle School have come bearing gifts: in 2013 they made fleece blankets to help patients keep warm during and after treatment; and in 2014 they raised money to purchase tote bags that each student decorated. These donations would not be possible without the help of Jean Connelly, Health and Consumer Science Teacher at Mineola Middle School, who has developed a relationship with Winthrop, and AnneMarie Palumbo, who also works at the school.

Ms. Sullivan, along with Rose Anne Bonello, RN, MSN, Director of Renal Services; Eve Weinberg, Renal Social Work Supervisor; and Robert Piretti, Social Worker, received the pillows on behalf of the patients earlier this summer. Also present were two members of the Dialysis Patient Advisory Committee, who thanked the students for their hard work and consideration, and provided them with an explanation of what it’s like to live with dialysis and how the process works. The students were educated further about the process by Renal Educators Kathleen Rice and Paula Dutka.

The children were very receptive and engaged with the education that was provided,” said Ms. Sullivan. “We are so appreciative of these students, and look forward to their next visit!”

For more information about Winthrop’s Dialysis Center, visit or call 1-866-WINTHROP. 

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