What Is Project Sunshine?
Project Sunshine is a non-profit organization that provides free education, recreational and social programs to children facing medical challenges as well as wellness support to their caregivers.
They have 13 Locations in Ontario and Quebec: Brampton Civic, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canadian College of naturopathic Medicine, Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, Safehaven Project for Community Living, North York General Hospital, Rouge Valley Health System, Etobicoke General Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital
What Do They Do?
The programs Project Sunshine delivers help young patients to foster courage, creativity, and coping skills in a context of fun and play. Programs include:
Sending Sunshine: Volunteers prepare and send out craft kits, surgi dolls or age appropriate books to pediatric hospitals
Arts and Crafts: Project Sunshine’s arts and crafts program offer children the opportunity to participate in fun, seasonal crafts. Children can participate in the guided activities as a group, or Project Sunshine volunteers can distribute craft kits individually to patient rooms
Closed Caption Television System: CCTV is a closed circuit television station that can be viewed by all children and families within the hospital.
Caregiver Wellness Programs: Volunteers transform hospital conference rooms and playrooms into a relaxing environment where parents receive messages from professional therapist, and participate in craft activities and relation exercises. These programs encourage communication between patients and families, as well as decrease stress.
Book Buddies: Volunteers read with children in medical facilities to help patients and families sustain and grow literacy skills, enhance imagination and encourage age appropriate development. On special occasions authors and illustrators lead instructional activities to help share their experience creating books. To further these efforts Project Sunshine sends books to a variety of impatient units for children and families to enjoy on their own time.
How it Helps Change Kids Lives
Distract children from medical procedures, tests and their surrounding environment
Provide a sense of normalcy for children and families
Decrease stress of hospitalization on patients and families
Encourage social interactions between families, volunteers and patients
Foster creativity and imagination
Enhance fine motor skills
Increase normal child and adolescent development
Every little bit counts so by making a small donation of $2, $5 or $10 while you are at your Waxon appointment this month you are helping to add a little sunshine to someones life, and don’t forget we are matching all donations!
For more info visit their website here or ask any of our lovely Waxon staff.