"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
We at StudentsCare are proud to be one of the "helpers" during this crisis.
Given the circumstances, our partner hospitals have restricted visitors and in many cases are only allowing one parent and no young siblings to visit, to ensure the safety of young patients. Many of our buddies have compromised immune systems, putting them at higher risk from COVID-19. Their parents are terrified. Could you imagine your child fighting cancer during a global pandemic?
We are continuing to support hospitalized children by providing activity kits and recording our Buddies reading stories, doing crafts, playing music, and teaching cooking for patients to watch online. The hospitals have been so grateful for this support.
"I just printed the activity sheets and will be making copies today for our patients. They turned out so good! What a nice idea for families to go to the website and have a story time! I love it! Thank you for continuing to help our patients!" -Kelly Herbert, CCLS
We have also quickly adapted to meet other community needs. We have even expanded our mission to now provide companionship and support (virtually) to isolated residents in senior living facilities. One StudentsCare Buddy shared about her matched resident:
"With her husband's recent passing, her grief, and now the pandemic, Samantha seems very lonely and now looks forward to our calls. She currently does not know anyone from Miami and has no family in the U.S."
Thank you for helping us continue to provide friendship and support when it is needed now more than ever. Thank you for being a helper.