Pediatric patients throw Jell-O at their caregivers

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) Dozens of kids took aim at their caregivers during the annual Jell-O toss at the James and Connie Maynard Children's Hospital.

The decades old tradition allows pediatric patients to wage a one sided food fight tossing Jell-O and pudding at their doctors and nurses.

The event gives kids a break from their treatments and allows them to have some fun during their hospital stay.

Child Life Services hosts the event and staff members say it's a way for kids to build relationships with their caregivers.

Elysse Bochna, Vidant Child Life Specialist says, "Having them kind of have a big food fight is just a good way to show them that the hospital can be fun too even though if it's hard."

And the Jell-O toss is a part of child life month which recognizes child life specialists' role in providing family centered care, and easing the anxiety that kids and their families experience while in the hospital.