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April Newsletter

IMPACT SUMMARY

Children/Teens Served January to March 11:

  • 151 kids in pediatrics 

  • 194 kids in psych

  • 32 kids at Ronald McDonald House - Chapel Hill

  • 27 adults at Ronald McDonald House - Chapel Hill

March 12 - Present:

Because of visiting restrictions due to COVID-19, we are working on creative ways to bring joy to patients and families.

  • Donated supplies, including gloves, we typically use for our programming to support the hard-working staff

  • Created and delivered 338 science-to-go kits to the UNC Children's Hospital

  • Delivered a succulent activity to child and adolescent psych patients

  • Created and delivered 10+ activity kits to Ronald McDonald House- Chapel Hill


KATIE'S CORNER
Wow, y'all. Please know I am thinking of all of you and of our friends [both patients and staff] at the hospital. Personally, I'm looking for bright spots (some days they are easier to find than others...), trying to get outside each day, and looking for ways to continue to serve the hospital community. You know we love a challenge, and we've been working on adapting our activities to this new situation (read on for more info).  We want to keep kids happy and keep staff safe. Wonder Connection donated all of our WonderSphere gloves (~350) to the children's hospital. Best Wishes and Hopes to all of you.
PROGRAMMING SPOTLIGHT

SLIME 

Making Slime is one of the most requested activities we do. We are making kits right now to take to the hospital so children can continue to enjoy this activity and you can make slime at home too!  Head over to our Youtube Channel and Andrew and his daughter will take you step by step through this fun activity!  

SCIENCE-TO-GO KITS
 

  • We’ve been creating science-to-go kits for nurses and child life specialists to hand out to kids at the children’s hospital. As of March 30, we created and delivered more than 330 kits to the hospital with a variety of different themes including Instant Snow, Snowballs, & Snowflakes, Paper Airplanes & Foam Gliders and Jumping Frogs. We continue to work on new topics and hope to add some virtual visits in to support the activity kits. 

 

NATURE-BASED ACTIVITIES WITH THE PSYCHIATRIC UNIT

  • We partnered with therapists in the child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit at UNC Hospitals to provide them with nature-based activities and materials. In late March, kids and teens enjoyed a planting activity with these succulents that we delivered to the hospital. We plan to support the psychiatric team’s work by helping them with activity plans and materials to do one nature activity per week.

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VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT
A retired science teacher, Martha volunteers for Wonder Connection to help create precious human connections. Martha believes, “a child giggling or a teenager thanking you for your time and patience is the best indication that a connection was made.” Her favorite activity is making volcanoes. She loves how: “a child can get engrossed in the activity - and next thing you know, it’s 1.5 hours later.” 
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