The Impact Squad is just returning from an amazing trip to Charlotte this weekend and I want to share it with you! This past Friday, we loaded up the car with hats and visited Hemby Children's Hospital and Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. Both hospitals were amazing!
At Hemby Children's we played with patients in a commons area and gave each patient a hat as they left. This facility has an outpatient oncology clinic that is an affiliate location of St. Jude Children's Hospital. It was very neat to finally see it after donating to them a couple of times!
Then, we went to Levine Children's Hospital. They have an amazing culture and the Impact Squad was able to visit patients room to room. It was a special time. Levine Children's also has a "Seacrest Studio" where they do multiple radio shows a day that broadcast to the entire hospital. We were able to jump "on the air" for a few minutes, play a game with patients AND introduce the princesses and Olaf!
My favorite memory of the day was meeting a patient at Levine Children's that is going through treatments. She was precious and her mom told me that since she was diagnosed, she has started a business selling bracelets and donating the proceeds toward childhood cancer research. She inspired us all and you can see pictures of us hanging out in the video below!
Living East Tennessee 818 Ministries Segment
Last week, I got the opportunity to share about 818 Ministries on Living East Tennessee, a local to Knoxville daily lifestyle show. To view the Living East Tennessee segment, click the picture above!
UT Medical Center Cocoon Project for NICU Families
We are thrilled to be able to serve the families in the NICU at UT Medical Center again this Halloween! Remember last year when we donated cocoon + letter packets to them? We're doing so again this year and will be collecting them until Friday, October 26. Below we have a link to the story that was done last year about this fun day. It shows some sweet pictures of our visit! We're so thankful to be able to serve them again and grateful to YOU, our volunteers, who are so creative with ideas for new patterns.
Pinterest and Youtube are great resources for patterns for these sweet gifts. One quick note on sizing: please remember these cocoons are specifically going to NICU families. Be aware of the sizing of your cocoon + hat and keep in mind that you will likely need to alter the size of a pattern for a newborn to a preemie size.
Thanks for hanging in there for all these exciting updates. I'm so excited to have you as a part of our volunteer community here at 818 Ministries!
Cheering for you,
Founder, 818 Ministries