Thursday, June 3, 2010

Special Delivery for the Children's Hospital

The kids and I kicked off summer break last Friday with a trip to the local children's hospital to deliver the games, books, and puzzles that Abby recently collected at her "birthday picnic" instead of receiving gifts from her friends (- an idea that we got from a friend's b'day party a couple of years ago). We even got to take a tour with the foundation representative and the director of the pediatric floor so that Abby and Noah could see an unoccupied patient room, playrooms, and the patient playground area.
The Kids Cabin

(This was the only picture that Noah agreed to be in. He wasn't feeling too
or cooperative that day. )
This outdoor play area was funded by efforts of two middle schoolers
who got others involved in collecting pocket change. How cool is that?

On the tour, I also noticed their bulletin board that said - Think Positive! The director, Melissa, then said, "optimism is very important to patient recovery and healing". It was a great opportunity to talk a little about Fishful Thinking too - since that's what it's all about - and she said that she may even feature it as a resource on the bulletin board next month. :)

It really was a cool experience. Abby was all smiles the entire time. The representative even told Abby that she is going to use this same idea for her daughter's upcoming 1st birthday party. It's awesome how things like this can catch on - just like we were inspired by Abby's friend.

Now I just have to make that Smilebox so the kids who came to the party can see all of their donations being delivered!
PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecilyand Krista

*Check out last week's Fishful Thinking Thursday post for
more simple ideas on how "WE CAN" spread
a little extra cheer in the community!


Cecily R said...

Oh, Kelli, she is such a good soul! What an amazing example you both are to all of us.

Life with Kaishon said...

I think that is the most beautiful idea Kelli! I just love that you are instilling this beautiful trait of giving and helping others so early! Very lovely! Made my week!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

What an awesome idea. What a cool experience for you and your kids. Way to go.

Chris said...

That is a fantastic story. How inspiring!

Your daughter is obviously wonderful -- and, no doubt, get it from a wonderful mother.

I have so much admiration for parents who takes the extra steps to mold their children into complete and well rounded human beings.

Well done Kelli!

Honey Mommy said...

What a great idea! You guys are awesome.

Nishant said...

That is a fantastic story. How inspiring!
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Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Awww...thanks, you guys.

Chris - Honestly, I feel like it's really my kids that help to mold me into a more complete and well-rounded human being. Definitely still a work in progress.

Serline said...

A great way to put ideas into action. Caring souls have turned this hospital into a very special place indeed... have a blessed weekend!

Debra said...

What a valuable and generous lesson to learn at such a young age. Abby (and her party guests) will always remember the birthday that she and others gave to kids that needed them. You are such a great mom and teacher for your children, and their friends. And they are all soooooo lucky to have you!