The volunteer group at Royal Oaks Lifecare Community in Sun City has done it again. As they do a couple times each year, these dedicated volunteers made gifts for the children hospitalized at PCH over the winter.
Friends get together weekly to knit beanies, hats and to assemble “no sew” blankets to donate to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Carol Pierick has coordinated the group’s hat donations. “Our relationship with the hospital is very special,” said CEO Kendra Eberhart. “Our residents enjoy making toys and other comfort items for the children there and we look forward to future projects helping them.”
When visiting the Hospital last fall, the group heard from Phoenix Children’s volunteer Marge Poe about the Beads of Courage program. Patients are given special beads when they go through difficult procedures, or accomplish certain goals. These fun incentives can make all the difference to a young patient, and become proud symbols of their progress through treatment. Following the visit, Arvella Umphenour organized the Royal Oaks group to create the small cloth bags that hold the beads.
As they always do, the Royal Oaks community responded to the challenge to help. In mid-January, the ladies put together about three dozen hats in all shapes, sizes and colors, plus dozens of Beads of Courage bags, which they delivered to the Hospital. The Child Life staff at Phoenix Children’s helped distribute the various gifts to children throughout the Hospital.
Thank you again, Royal Oaks! You really know how to warm the spirits of our children.