Congratulations to Angelina Palmer,
Staten Island University Hospital’s Incredible Kid of the Month for October 2020!
The October recipient of Staten Island University Hospital’s Incredible Kids Awardsis four-year-old Angelina Palmer of Arden Heights. She was selected via voting process on the Staten Island Parent website, siparent.com.
Angelina was nominated by her mom, Lisa Palmer, who said in her submission:
“During lockdown, Angelina came up with an idea of sending out pen pal (letters) to her cousins and friends as a way to stay connected. We called the pen pal initiative #projectfamily. Along with a poem, she sent items or crafts she knew would bring them some happiness during these dark times.”
“Angelina originally thought it would be fun to make little Descendant crafts to send to her cousins because she and her cousins loved the movie,” Mrs. Palmer told Staten Island Parent. “Then I explained how pen pals were kind of like text messages through the mail, and she wanted to start doing that too.” She started sending pen pal packages to long distance family members, grandparents, and especially her Aunt Alexa, who has been working hard as a nurse throughout the pandemic.
“So it started out as sending pen pals, and then crafts and little gifts, and then we created social media pages on Facebook and Instagram that offered ideas and activities to keep children entertained and their minds stimulated while stuck at home,” Mrs. Palmer said.
Her mom says Angelina cried tears of joy to learn she was being honored as October’s Incredible Kid because she was also named Student of the Month earlier that day at school.
Angelina will be featured in the upcoming December issue of Staten Island Parent. She also will receive a $150 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Staten Island University Hospital.
Angelina has generously chosen to donate her gift card to the Northwell Health Pediatric Cancer Center at Staten Island University Hospital, a decision inspired by a video she watched about a child from the center who was a recent Make-A-Wish recipient.
Staten Island’s Incredible Kids Awards recognizes and honors outstanding children in the community. Nominees have helped others in need, donated time or effort to an important cause, boast impressive achievements at a young age, or simply stand out for their kindness and compassion.
A new child will be honored in Staten Island University Hospital’s Incredible Kids Awards each month until June 2021. To nominate a child, go to siparent.com/incredible-kids and upload a photo, then explain in detail why he or she deserves to be nominated.
Meet October’s Featured Pediatric Specialist
Staten Island University Hospital’s board-certified specialists evaluate and treat children and adolescents who exhibit a wide range of developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges.
Dr. Shahed Ahmed Quraishi
Director, Pediatric Cardiology
Staten Island University Hospital’s board-certified Pediatric Cardiologist, Dr. Shahed Quraishi, specializes in diagnosing and treating heart problems in children, and when indicated, consults with pediatric heart surgeons to determine the best treatment and intervention.
Click the button above to enter your child (or the child you feel deserves to be recognized) into Staten Island’s Incredible Kids contest!