Sunday, May 1, 2011

Be a Crafty Volunteer!

I am very sorry that I have been absent from my blog for awhile. I have 3 weeks left of college and so it has been a very busy time for me. I hope that all of you had a great Easter. I will be doing an Easter Round-Up post hopefully on Tuesday to show you all of the treats I pulled together for my Easter baskets!

This past week I had the amazing opportunity to go to Miller's Children's Hospital in Long Beach for a craft day with the children. I volunteered through my Professional Event Planning course ; however, you do not have to be with an organization or group to volunteer. Just grab a few friends, contact your local hospital and plan a fun day of crafts! Most likely the craft room will be available for any of the chil patients, so make sure you plan a craft that is gender friendly and age friendly. As a class, we agreed that making books would be a fun and versatile idea. For the younger children, they can turn their book into a sticker book or doodle book and for the older children, it could be a journal. Another great tip is to individually package supplies needed to make each book. This way the children who cannot leave their rooms can still make the craft.

On the day of the event, my four classmates and I drove to the hospital with our box of supplies. We were placed in the crafts room in the children's cancer ward. Though only one patient came to make a craft with us, we were visited by three infants and a young boy. The girl who did make the craft with us, Blanca, was an eighteen year old senior in high school. It was definitely challenging to see so many people younger than myself facing such a terrible disease. I knew that this would be the hardest part of volunteering. 

I am sharing this with the hope of inspiring some of you to contact your local hospital to volunteer for a day. Through crafts you can easily put a smile on a child's face. I know I was very happy to be able to have this opportunity and I would love to go back in the near future.

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