Eagle Scout donates game carts to Benefis NICU, Emergency Department

Seven years after patiently waiting in the hospital hallway while his parents visited his little sister in the Benefis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Blake Burton still remembers how utterly bored he and his little brother were.

For his Eagle Scout project, Blake decided to make hospital visits better for the next generation of waiting siblings in the NICU hallway.

Blake’s idea was to make a game cart, a rolling cart with a screen and a video game console to occupy young hospital visitors. 

Blake’s parents said the cart will be nice for parents as it occupies children while parents talk to doctors about things they shouldn’t hear.

Blake planned one game cart, for the NICU, but then he learned about the need young visitors to the Emergency Room have for distraction. He added a second game cart to the project.

The two carts are equipped with a Nintendo gaming system with 620 built-in games.

Blake approached car dealerships and other businesses to help with the project.  Electric City Motors, Sun Shine Auto, Sports City Cyclery, Specialty Iron works, Walmart, Albertsons, and Karen and Ken Thorton donated to the project.