A couple of weeks ago my entire family was pretty much overtaken by a terrible stomach bug. First Audrey Grace got sick, then Banks came down with the same thing 48 hours later. While he was battling it, I too became sick as a dog. Unfortunately, poor Banks was so sick that he had to be admitted to the Children’s wing of our local hospital.
I have never had to spend time with my child in a hospital, but when we were there I was just amazed at how wonderful the staff was and how kind they were at CHOC – Children’s Hospital Orange County. Clearly they were well equipped to deal with kids – they even had a special “Child Life” nurse who made sure that Banks was taken care of and had plenty to do. The lights in the ceiling looked like a bright blue sky filled with clouds and butterflies, they brought in Legos for him to play with, and they had toys and blankets that were soft and warm that made everything feel a lot less institutional.
If a hospital experience can be a positive one, ours most definitely was.
Yesterday I walked into Walmart here in Laguna Niguel, and there was an employee asking if I’d like to contribute to CHOC – the very hospital in the photo above where we spent 5 days with Banks. I’m so excited to tell you that this is because Walmart is celebrating 25 years of contributing to miracles at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. These miracles occur because Walmart associates and customers care enough to support children in their local communities.
Since 1987, Walmart has supported CMNH by raising and contributing more than $600 million to help 170 children’s hospitals across the country. During our 2012 CMNH Six Miracle Weeks campaign, Walmart is committed to raising $25 million to help kids in our communities receive the care they need.
To support these efforts, you’ll see signs like these in your local Walmart – encouraging you to get involved:
I hope that you will consider donating at your local Walmart and help to create miracles in the lives of some of these children who need it the most. If you ever wanted to be a hero – here’s your chance.
Disclosure: I wrote this post as a part of my participation in the Walmart Moms program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.