Pediatric burn patients are primarily children who have been burned in a household accident or as a result of abuse, or teenage boys who are burned due to an injury sustained around open fires from fire-pits, or camp site fires. Their hospital stay might be only a week, or several months, but in either case the patients have many needs that are met by Sons of the Flag.
For example, Burn Center staff request specific toys that are used not only for entertainment, but also aid in physical rehabilitation. Basketballs, stuffed animals, even coloring books and crayons can be utilized by staff to motive a child to exercise certain parts of the body, aiding in a faster recovery. Portable DVD players are needed to help patients pass the time, and can be used by staff as a reward for willing participation in rehab therapy, or other difficult or painful activities.