In the latest column, news of a $100 million donation to benefit Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, a church that used the citywide garage sale to raise money for Ukrainian aid and the next open day of the municipal service center.

‘A TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT’… The west building at Stanford Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital gets a facelift thanks to a $100 million donation from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The substantial donation, given to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, will be used to upgrade the hospital’s obstetric and neonatal facilities. The West Building, which opened in 1991, is the only facility in the Bay Area that houses obstetric, neonatal, and developmental medicine in one location.

“We are honored to partner with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to increase our ability to provide the best possible start for expectant mothers and their babies,” said the President and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health. Paul King said on June 2 Press release. “Each year, some 4,400 newborns are welcomed worldwide to Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. With this gift, the environment before, during and after birth will match the already extraordinary level of care.”

The hospital plans to expand its labor and delivery unit to accommodate up to 20% more births. The hospital also intends to create a dedicated space for its first unit serving high-risk mothers who need to be admitted days, weeks or months before delivery.

“This reimagining of the obstetric and newborn care space will ensure mothers and babies have the best possible start at a beautiful and critical time,” said Sierra Clarktrustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and board member of the Packard Children’s Hospital.

BEYOND EXPECTATIONS… Many residents join the Palo Alto Citywide Garage Sale to free their homes – and their minds – of unwanted objects. Episcopal Church of All Saintswho was among more than 200 attendees at this year’s garage sale, had a higher purpose in mind when he signed up for the annual event held on June 4.

The church used the sale to raise money for Ukrainian relief efforts, raising nearly $2,400. The money will be donated to Ukraine by Episcopal relief and development, a charitable organization focused on humanitarian aid. The church surpassed its original garage sale goal of $400.

Organizers attributed the success to the support of parishioners and community members. “People who came to the garage sale were very happy,” the fundraiser said. Anneke Dempsey said. “We actually had our first client at 7 p.m. and she bought $90 of my stuff. I felt great. I didn’t even think we made $2,400, but I was really glad we We exceeded our target.”

While the church has been able to achieve its goal and wants to see its money have a positive impact on Ukrainians, Dempsey hopes others in the community will join her in “doing good”.

“Think about what’s going on in the world,” Dempsey said. “How can you make a difference? And yes, $2,400 isn’t the biggest difference in the world, but if another 100 garage sales were held to benefit Ukraine, you’re starting to make a difference. »

A CLOSER LOOK… If you’ve ever wanted to peek into a fire truck, watch utility line personnel climb a pole, or find out what’s inside an electrical transformer, then the next Palo Alto Municipal Service Center Open House is just for you.

The city has invited community members to stop by the high-profile center on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors will get a “behind the scenes” look at the inner workings of the city departments that keep Palo Alto running. . Many activities are planned for the day, including tours of warehouses, an exhibition of electric vehicles and police and firefighters driving the public around in their cars. Attendees can also find out how utility meters work, how utilities work, and what rebates and efficiency programs are available to residents. They can also gather tips on how to stay safe around high voltage power lines.

Sequoiathe bald eagle housed in Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, is also set to make an appearance, and Pets In Need plans to bring in adoptable pets from the town’s shelter. The open house will also feature local food trucks and live music. The center is located at 3201 E. Bayshore Road. For more information, visit