Tennessee’s Children’s Hospital Project

By Joni Downey on 3rd Sep 2020

Characters of Character is an organization with a mission is to provide a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values. This initiative also donates resources and activity boxes to children’s hospitals across the country, including right here in Tennessee. Joni Downey, the founder of Characters of Character, explains more:

Why donations are more important than ever with Covid-19
Giving patients something to distract them from their hospital visit has always been important. No one wants to sit in a hospital room and have nothing to do except focus on the fact that they are in a hospital room. When the pandemic struck, even more restrictions were put on what was and wasn’t allowed in hospitals. We recently found out that due to the pandemic sharing of toys is no longer allowed in most hospitals, common areas are not being utilized which means that children are confined to their rooms or limited to where they are able to visit, and many hospitals are no longer accepting certain toys such as stuffed animals due to not being able to clean them properly.

This is all the more reason that we are increasing our efforts to focus on donating our Superhero Character Building Kits to the children’s hospitals and wards in Tennessee. After speaking with a few representatives from different hospitals we learned that Winter is a busy time of the year for the hospitals and we’d like to begin sending out these donations sooner rather than later. Our activity kits are easy to store, include everything the patient needs to complete the activities, and are for a single person to use. There is no exchanging of activities (though we hope they display their beautiful artwork for others to appreciate!) and each child gets their very own kit to keep in their room.

(We would also like to emphasize that behind the scenes we are taking extra precautions to prevent exposure. Joni, founder of Characters of Character NFP, Inc., is the only person preparing and packing the activity kits.)

Where the kits are donated
As our organization continues to reach out to Tennessee hospitals our list will continue to grow. Right now, our kits will be donated to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. Our Superhero Character Building Activity Kits are an ongoing project at Characters of Character NFP, Inc. Donations made on this page will be used to fulfill kits that are being donated to children’s hospitals in Tennessee. If you’d like to mail a check or donate through Facebook, please contact us so that we know your donation is going towards the Tennessee Superhero Kits. This is the link

What is included in each engaging and colorful box
Each box is colorful and sturdy and includes a Superhero Activity Book, crayons, watercolor paints, paint brush, a canvas to paint that says, I AM SUPER, an easel to display the art work, a superhero sticker, a superhero mask (in plastic) a black and white poster to color or paint of all the characters, a character (agent) lanyard to wear, plus, a handwritten letter from one of the Characters of Character! Quite a bit of fun, engaging and empowering materials to utilize while in the hospital. And finally, put together with a whole lot of love.

Click here to find out how you can support this initiative.

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