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Fisher-Price donates $3 million to future John R. Oishei Children's Hospital

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Buffalo: Fisher-Price donates $3 million to future John R. Oishei Children's Hospital
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EAST AURORA, N.Y. -- "We're making a three-million dollar donation," announced David Allmark the Executive of Fisher-Price in front of a small group of members of the media.

East Aurora-based Fisher-Price, Inc. and Mattel, Inc. is writing a check $3 million to the future John R. Oishei Children's Hospital on the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus.

The significant donation will pay for the construction and naming rights of a family and child resource center.

Allmark said, "It's a large atrium area that allows children to play with toys or just in a winter garden area."

The 6,000 square foot space will be located on the 5th floor of the new hospital and feature a computer/video area, family consult rooms, and plenty of toys.

Fisher-Price officials said the new center won't just be a place where kids can go and have fun, it will also act as an escape for the reason they're in the hospital in the first place.

"It's really about recuperation and rehabilitation and really giving an opportunity for children and parents to interact during their visit to the hospital," Allmark said.

Amy Habib Rittling's son was born premature seven years ago and was at the current Women and Children's Hospital. She shared her experiences on how a center like this can help.

"These illnesses, as you know, can be long and lengthy and trying on the entire family, not just the child," Rittling said. "To have this resource, this hospital, in the community so that your network of support and friends and family are there for you."

Construction on the new hospital is scheduled to begin this Spring. It's expected to be completed by December 2015.

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