Each year many school aged patients spend a significant amount of time in the hospital. Each year, our school program teachers provide more than 3,000 hours of instruction in the hospital. For many patients, being absent from school also effects the other children in the classroom. “Buddy” is a bear that wears a patient designed t-shirt, has a backpack with a journal and information for the teacher. “Buddy” sits in the desk of the child who is in the hospital as a reminder that their classmate is still a part of their school and hopes to return soon.
This January, Tender Hearts and Child Life Program launched its first Buddy Bear delivery.
Our organization is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. To make a monetary contribution or to become a Corporate Sponsor please email us at email@example.com
Thanks to organizations like Tender Hearts, we had another very successful year collecting donations and toys to support the families in the hospital! Snowflake Station is a toy shop for families at AIDHC. Open for several days leading up to the Christmas holiday, Snowflake Station provides the opportunity for every inpatient family in the hospital to shop for their child’s holiday presents. This event relieves the financial burden as well as the time needed to purchase and prepare items for children at the holidays. The event provides items that the caregivers choose, provides them snacks while they shop and provides child care during their shopping experience if they have other little ones with them. In 2017, Snowflake station was open for three days, including two evenings. The child life team and wonderful volunteers staffed the room and supported 183 caregivers shopping experiences. Some of the caregivers comments include:
“I wouldn’t have had a Christmas for my kids if you didn’t do this” -parent
“It was an experience of a lifetime. I appreciate everything that is done for the families at AI duPont Hospital, God Bless” –parent
“Being or having a child in the hospital during the holidays brings holiday blues. But when I came here, everyone was so friendly and made me feel so welcomed. I’m truly grateful for this experience.” -parent
“Having a sick child in the hospital is overwhelming, however the experience at Snowflake station brings a spark of light that somehow helps things be lighter for us while we were in the hospital. Toys will definitely bring smiles to our children’s face.” –parent
On December 4, 2017, the Brand Management Team at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Wilmington, Delaware had the opportunity to volunteer for our new launched program called, “Buddy Bear”.
We truly appreciated their support in making our Tender Hearts bracelets for the Child Life Program at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
JPMORGAN CHASE BRAND MANAGEMENT SUPPORTS TENDER HEARTS
Many of Gods little angels never have the opportunity to spread their wings due to birth defects, injuries and or diseases. Tender Hearts strives to make a difference and help children enjoy being a kid while trying to overcome their many medical challenges.
This year, our goal is to collect enough new toys to donate to the children in our organization, A.I DuPont Children’s Hospital and as well as a group of families with children in a low-income area of the city.
Please help us reach our goal and to put a sparkle in a littles one’s eye this holiday season. Toys can be brought to our address, or we’ll gladly pick them up at your business at a time that is convenient for you.
With your support, we can continue to create a better quality of life for medically-fragile children and their families.
Today our Events Coordinator, Melissa delivered 4 Buddy Bears to A.I duPont Children’s Hospital.
Buddy Bear is a communication bridge between the hospital school program and the child’s school.
Buddy wears the child’s designed t-shirt, has a backpack with a journal, pin and a custom-made bracelet for the child and classmates. Buddy sits in the desk of the child who is in the hospital as a reminder that their classmate is still a part of their school.
If you would like to receive more information of this program or would like to become a sponsor please contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org