I am writing to tell you about an event I am putting together with the Child Life Specialists at Florida Hospital. Many people have never heard of “Child Life” unless they have had a child hospitalized for any length of time. When my son Noah was hospitalized last spring for 10 days, the child life specialists were a lifesaver! After that experience, I was fortunate to leave the hospital with a healthy strong boy. At that time, I knew I wanted to do something to help the wonderful Child Life Specialists whose job is to “make the kids happy” and offer support to families while they are in the hospital.
PARTY ON THE PEDIATRIC ONCOLOGY FLOOR
We are setting up a monthly event to be held on the Pediatric Oncology floor of Florida Hospital. While the main goal for all of these children is to get better and build their strength, they are not just children battling cancer. On the inside, they are still just typical children and pre-teens who want to feel good on the outside as well. We want to give them a few hours to escape from the side effects of their treatments and get pampered!
During the “party,” we will set up stations in the playrooms for patients to come in and have services offered to them such as:
- arts and crafts
- tattoos / face painting
- hats / scarves / bandanas / tiaras / more!
I have already lined up some volunteers who want to help with these parties. Tentatively, we are looking to schedule it on the 4th Thursday of the month from 10 am to 12 p.m.. Right now, I am working on getting the necessary items together for our first party.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Networking / Contacts to donate items
I am looking for connections to cosmetics companies who may be able to donate items to be used at the events. We need to keep everything hygienic for the safety of the patients. Therefore, make-up cannot be shared among the patients. We will put together small kits to use on each patient and then give it to her to keep.
In the meantime, we would like to get this going soon so I am collecting unused new in package make-up donations. I know most woman have items at home which may have been given as a sample or part of a gift package and that color just was not right for you. So, if you have anything that is still sealed and unused, it could be a great start to our make-up kits. We can also use any extra nail polish you may have.
Dress-up Items Donations
If you have any dress up items that can be washed or disinfected, we may be able to use those as well.
Be an Artist for the Day
We will need one to two people at each station helping the patients. You do not need to be a fantastic make-up artist, you just need to be willing to help. If you are willing to sign up to help at any of the parties, please email me and we would love your help. I know once you come once you will be so happy you did this, you will want to come back to help more.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and I do hope you are able to support this fantastic event in some way. If you know of anyone who may be interested in volunteering with this event, please feel free to pass on this information so they may contact me directly.
This post was written by dedicated mom and Guest Blogger Extraordinaire Renee Perelmuter. She was one of 14 mothers featured on The Oprah Show for her blog A Crazy Redhead. She can also be found on Twitter @ACrazyRedhead.