During the holidays, most of us want to be home, surrounded by family and friends – not in the hospital, surrounded by machines and medicines. But being home for the holidays simply isn’t an option for many Arkansas Children's Hospital patients.
“Living in the hospital with a sick baby is difficult. Living in the hospital with your sick baby during the holidays is even harder,” says Elizabeth Webster. Her daughter, Chloe, spent Christmas in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) when she was three.
Not only are patients away from home and family, but they’re often worried. Their focus is on just one thing – helping their child get better.
Your gifts of toys and donations helped ACH staff bring holiday cheer to sick kids and worried parents. In fact, your donations were so generous that every child who was in the hospital on Christmas received a special bag filled with toys and items – picked out just for him or her.
And the fun didn’t stop at presents. Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by to make some very special house calls.
Elizabeth Webster will never forget Santa’s visit to Chloe’s hospital room. On Christmas Eve that year, Santa and Mrs. Claus came through the PICU to visit the patients and families. Even though Chloe was in a coma, they insisted on coming in and dropping off a large bag of toys. They took a picture standing next to Chloe’s bedside, and then continued their mission of making all the children feel special on Christmas.
Elizabeth explains, “As a parent of an ACH patient, even though you are aware of the holiday, you do not have the time or the energy to think about gifts and Christmas. Arkansas Children’s Hospital is compassionate and caring enough to realize this, so they do it for you.”
Thanks to you, parents created holiday memories with their child, even in the hospital. By supporting the hospital, you made a difference for the patients, parents, siblings and families who had to be here during the holiday season.
Your Donations Help Them Celebrate Special Occasions
Year-round, donations help families celebrate special occasions and take care of unexpected expenses associated with their child's medical care.
Since different families need different things, that money is used in many ways. Here are some ways donations to the Child Life Education and Social Work Family funds are used:
- Purchasing cake and toys to help a child celebrate their final round of chemotherapy with an end-of-treatment party
- Making sure a 17-year-old girl in the hospital on her birthday has a birthday cake and decorations – even when she’s not expecting a party
- Buying a gas card to help a family get to Little Rock, Lowell or Jonesboro for a follow-up appointment.
You can provide encouragement to a patient and family. Simply make a donation today, and note that you’d like to direct your gift to the Child Life Education or Social Work Family fund. These parents and patients can’t ask you for help, so we are.