Sawyer's Wish Teams Up with Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital to Bring Colorful Bed Sheets and Joy to Young Patients
Sawyer’s Wish recently had the opportunity to meet with Michelle from the Donation team and Lauren from the Child Life team at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida. During their visit, they were able to see the beautiful Child Life activity room and learn more about the work that the Child Life team does to support children and families during their hospital stay.
Child Life is a field of pediatric healthcare that focuses on the emotional and developmental needs of children and families. Child Life specialists are trained professionals who work in hospitals and healthcare settings to help children cope with the stress and uncertainty of illness and hospitalization. They provide a range of services, including play therapy, distraction techniques, and education about medical procedures, to help children and families feel more comfortable and empowered during their hospital stay.
At Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital, the Child Life team works tirelessly to create a welcoming and supportive environment for children and families. They use play and creativity to help children cope with their hospitalization and work closely with families to provide emotional support and practical resources. The Child Life activity room at the hospital is a bright and colorful space that is designed to be a safe and fun place for children to play and relax.
During their visit, Sawyer’s Wish had the opportunity to do a craft with several of the patients in the activity room. They made calming jars, which are a sensory tool that can help children regulate their emotions and calm their minds. The children had a great time making the jars and were excited to take them back to their rooms.
After the activity, Sawyer’s Wish was able to pass out several fun and colorful bed sheets to the children. The bed sheets are a small but meaningful way to brighten up a child’s hospital room and provide a sense of comfort and familiarity in an unfamiliar environment. The children were thrilled to receive the bed sheets and it was clear that the bright colors and fun designs brought a smile to their faces.
Sawyer’s Wish understands the importance of supporting children and families during their hospital stay, and they are committed to working with the Child Life team and the local community to make a positive impact. During their visit, they had the opportunity to chat with Lauren from the Child Life team about their needs and how they can work together to provide the best possible care for the children at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital.
Sawyer’s Wish is dedicated to providing fun and colorful bed sheets to children in hospitals across the United States, but they recognize that there is much more that can be done to support children and families during their hospital stay. By working with the Child Life team and the local community, they hope to make a lasting impact and help children and families feel more comfortable and supported during a challenging time.
The work that Sawyer’s Wish is doing is incredibly important, but it is also just one part of a larger effort to improve the quality of care for children in hospitals across the country. Child Life specialists and other healthcare professionals are working every day to create a more child-friendly and family-centered healthcare system, and organizations like Sawyer’s Wish play a vital role in supporting this work.
If you are interested in supporting the work of Sawyer’s Wish or learning more about Child Life and how you can support children and families in healthcare settings, there are many ways to get involved. You can donate to Sawyer’s Wish or other organizations that support children in hospitals, volunteer your time or resources to help support Child Life programs, or simply spread the word about the importance of providing compassionate and child-friendly healthcare.
In conclusion, Sawyer’s Wish had a wonderful experience meeting with Michelle and Lauren at Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital and learning more about the work of the Child Life team.