I have a request for my Etsy friends, or anyone else who is interested in helping - my request is mainly, I guess, for those who make jewelry or knit or crochet. I have been asked by Montefiore Children's Hospital, which is one of the world's top-ranked pediatric hospitals, if I would like to teach beading and jewelry making with the children in their Child life Dept. Many of the children in this unit are suffering with cancer; they also treat those children who are in need kidney or heart transplants, some of whom come from various places around the world. I felt so honored that they even considered to ask me I almost cried - and of course I said yes definitely I would love to.
I just came back from my first interview and tour of the wards I will be working on. Before I can even start I need to have a complete physical, blood work, shots, etc (not so much for myself, but to make sure I have nothing that I would pass on to the children). Then I will get full security clearance and my Hospital ID badge.
So, my question is - if anyone who has extra beads, supplies, wire, etc. would you be willing to donate some to help out with a lot of what I would need to work with these children.
I will also be teaching knitting and crocheting to the children; mainly the older ones in their teens, so if anyone has any extra yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, that they are no longer using and would like to donate, please let me know. Just send me a convo through Etsy.
Since I don't watch any babies on Thursdays, I decided I would go down there every other Thurs and work with these children. The hardest part is that other times that I have worked with children like this, or at one time taught in an orphanage; it breaks my heart to leave them, I would love to take them all home with me and care for them.
It will be such a rewarding experience for me to put some smiles on these little one's faces. One little girl I met who has cancer is just 3 years old.
So again I ask if there is any item that you don't use anymore or left over beads, yarn, etc., I hope you can help.
Note: CHAM stand for "Children's Hospital at Montefiore"