We were thrilled to return to the facility for another visit. The summer schedule limited our usual volunteers, but it worked out great and we even made some bedside visits. In total, we saw about 20 kids, 15 girls and 5 boys.
One of the young boys who first arrived was extremely shy and grumpy, as he wasn’t feeling well and didn’t want to participate in any of the activities. By the end of the day, he had attached to one of our female volunteers and had started an air hockey competition. He ended up staying for the entire 2 hours.
My husband volunteered (his second party) for us and I was able to bring him in for the bedside visits this time, which can be more difficult given the condition of each child. It was a phenomenal experience for us to give back together, and he was able to really see the impact firsthand that just two hours can have on someone’s life.
One young girl (a bedside visit) had just been admitted to the hospital minutes before, who told us that she had been attacked horribly by a pitbull dog that day. She was still shaking when we arrived to her room but her spirits changed completely after just 10 minutes of hanging out, and leaving her an “uno” game behind to play in her bed with her family member.
We are so grateful to the families that reach out to us on our Facebook page at For a Day Boston.