WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Auxiliary hosted a Fall Festival Trunk or Treat to benefit the SECU Family House at New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC).
The festival took place on Sun. Oct. 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1415 Physicians Dr. in Wilmington.
The family themed event featured inflatables, carnival games, a cake walk, bubble machines, hair braiding, face painting, pumpkin decorating, foot trucks, a DJ, and more. Health screenings were also offered. Children were encouraged to wear Halloween costumes for the Trunk or Treat. Adults were able to get their flu shot and schedule a mammography appointment.
“We have hospital employees different departments from the hospital have decorated trunks for a trunk or treat. We also have volunteers, many employees from the hospital that are here, EMS, hospital police, Vitalink, ready to give out candy to the kids,” said Erin Balzotti, the Director of Volunteer and Auxiliary Services at NHRMC.
Donations will benefit the SECU Family House at NHRMC. The SECU Family House’s doors are open to family and friends of patients being cared for at NHRMC, as well as for patients who must travel to the area for outpatient medical treatment.
“The family house is a place where families of patients at New Hanover can stay, they’re from out of town, they need a place to stay that’s close to the hospital. It’s an amazing place where we can really take care of the families as well as the patients,” Balzotti said.
The non-profit asks for $35 per room per night to offset costs. The facility offers a comfortable place to rest, shower and prepare meals while loved ones receives care at NHRMC.
“Not only is it that place that’s close by, it’s comfortable, it feels like a home but you also are staying there with families who are going through similar things so you have that camaraderie that you build together.”