June 26 - Blair E. Batson Hospital at Children's of Mississippi

Wednesday, June 26th was quite a special day for For a Day Foundation - we returned to the very first hospital where we ever hosted a Queen for a Day visit, on about the same day as our first visit, 19 years ago. It is where all of For a Day Foundation was born!

We gathered tiaras, Almay makeup, color-your-own-drawstring bags, superhero capes and masks, various shapes and letters for decorating the capes and masks, puzzle balls, and nail polish. Our volunteers were energized and ready to jump right into getting to know the kids and bringing them a fun distraction. We saw 6 boys and 10 girls.

We had one little girl come in with her mom, who didn't feel well at first, but after finishing her makeup and seeing herself in the mirror with her tiara, she perked up and stayed until she had finished coloring her own bag. Another patient was so enjoying the conversation that she kept searching for stickers to add to her bag, to prolong our cleanup and keep us there for just a little longer.

A few patients tried to hang around, but started to feel bad again, so we scooped up some goodies for them, so they could play another time.

We had a couple boys who really got into coloring their bags, using sticker stars to really jazz it up!

For nearly two hours, we kept a steady stream of patients entertained. Thank you to the Child Life & social media teams at Blair E. Batson Hospital at Children's of Mississippi. And a huge thanks to our volunteers, who eagerly jumped in with the kids: Debbie Edwards, Lynn Williams, Linda Farmer, Kevin Chisolm, Landry Payne, and Amanda & Nancy Groos.