Dressed in funny hats, wigs, and red noses, 17 Gratus staff members spent an afternoon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta℠ Scottish Rite Hospital. Our aim was to put smiles on the children’s faces, and help them take their minds off their upcoming tests and surgeries.

Ultimately, our goal was to instill hope within each child as they face challenges caused by their medical conditions. Many of these young patients suffer from cancer, blood disorders, heart conditions, asthma, diabetes and other chronic medical conditions.

Games, Prizes & Smiles

Fifteen children ranging in age from four to 16 attended our carnival themed fun factory. Various play stations were set up, including face painting and tattoos as well as a variety of games, including darts, mini golf, knock-over-the-cans, and fishing ducks. Each child had the opportunity to win a variety of silly and unique prizes.

Throughout the afternoon, the Gratus team served cotton candy and popcorn in hope of minimizing, even momentarily, the stress the children and their families may be feeling.

Our team left the event in admiration of the courage required by such young individuals. We also learned more about how best to communicate with parents as each family dealt with their child’s difficulties in their own unique way. Many simply wanted to talk and we listened.

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For More Information

The needs of our greater community underscore Gratus’ purpose. There are many families among us who need compassion. Together we can make a difference in another’s life. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, visit their website. The hospital also has a Children’s Wish List.