The Jolly Trolley is a welcomed, familiar sight at Driscoll Children’s Hospital on hot summer days. Operated by the Volunteens, the Jolly Trolley team radiates youthful exuberance as they sell snack items.
Imagine how surprised hospital staff was one day to see one of their own, Phuong Huynh, MD, Sports Medicine, pushing the cart and collecting money for the Clara Spirit teen scholarships.
Often confused for a teenager because of her youthful appearance, Dr. Huynh thought it would be fun to see her work family do a double take. Lizette Saenz, Director of Volunteer Services at Driscoll Children’s Hospital, supplied Dr. Huynh with a Volunteen T-shirt and Dr. Huynh came in on her day off.
“We had fun together, laughing at some of the reactions people had when they recognized me and also when people didn’t blink when I was introduced as a new Volunteen,” said Dr. Huynh. “It was a good experience and helped reinforce how great the volunteers are here at Driscoll.”
Dr. Huynh said she learned a great deal from the teens.
“I was impressed when they were able to keep everything straight when a crowd would form and multiple people were asking questions and taking things off the cart at the same time. They were also diligent about making it to all the floors and restocking the cart,” she said.
“I really enjoyed hearing about their lives and what their plans are for the future. I was also happy to answer any questions they had about the medical field.”
Dr. Huynh isn’t the only one impressed by the teen volunteers’ work ethic.
“Volunteens are a great asset to our hospital, helping with everything from answering phones to delivering treats throughout the hospital via the Jolly Trolley,” said Saenz.
Eighty-nine teenagers participated in the nine-week program.