St. Vincent Clay Hospital Auxiliary, a not-for-profit organization that runs the hospital gift shop, recently stocked the shop with Nakamas -- soft, plush animals with colorful patterns -- for purchase. Nakamas is an African word meaning friendship.
Each animal has a special name and wears a friendship bracelet. The animals also come with a friendship bracelet for the child, as well as a secret code to use online. Online, children can create and share bracelets with friends, earn awards through online games and decorate their own virtual clubhouse.
The gifts are $16 with tax included and are recommended for ages 5-and-up.
St. Vincent Clay Hospital's gift shop is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The gift shop is located through the main door of the hospital, through the glass doors on the right.