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CVS Health makes generous donation to Layla's Dream

Layla's Dream, a non-profit organization, was set up to honor the memory of Layla Charette, a 5-year-old Cumberland girl who passed away in February. (WJAR)

Layla's Dream, a non-profit organization, was set up to honor the memory of Layla Charette, a 5-year-old Cumberland girl who passed away in February.

At first, the goal of the foundation was to raise money to buy toys for the sickest kids at Hasbro Children's Hospital.

But Layla's family quickly found the need for better tissues in the ICU.

So, they reached out to CVS Health.

"Of course, we responded. We donated 1,000 boxes of CVS brand tissues today,” Jennifer Leigh, who is the director of philanthropy for CVS Health, said Wednesday. “It's just our small way of giving back to this really important cause. With Rhode Island being our home state, we are really committed to giving back to the communities and the people and the families that we serve.”

The hospital appreciates the donation.

"How cool is that, a local company coming through with 1,000 boxes of tissues? And how cool is that that they cared enough to know, ‘Where they the best tissues? Are they the right tissues?’ They said they could get us different tissues. How cool is that?”

Dr. Lee Polikoff, who was Layla’s physician in ICU, shared similar sentiments.

"We are incredibly appreciative of the generosity of both CVS and Layla's Dream to provide something like these really great tissues so that in a time of need, a family can really feel a lot more comforted,” Polikoff said. “And something as soothing as a soft tissue, really shockingly, goes along way.”

The ICU staff is also amazed by the family's continued support to honor Layla Charette.

"It's really incredible how generous the family and what the impact Layla and Layla's Dream has had on this institution, in particularly the intensive care unit," Polikoff said.

Anderson agreed.

"For the family to give back in this way is just incredible and I think it's an amazing tribute to an amazing kid," said Anderson.

To learn how you can donate to Layla's Dream, click here.

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