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Creativity is Delivered in a Box to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento Patients

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Cindy Costa doesn’t consider herself crafty. In fact, the Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento volunteer turned to Pinterest to learn how to paint and find unique craft projects to bring to the pediatric unit during her shift.

But, she understands the therapeutic impact art can have on a hospitalized child and has seen art bring families closer together.

Cindy Costa, founder, All About Hope, sits with a patient after delivering a Hope Box at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

Cindy is the founder of All About Hope, a Roseville-based non-profit organization dedicated to giving hospitalized children and their families the tools they need to dream beyond the hospital room.

All About Hope delivered its first set of 100 Hope Boxes to Sutter Children’s Center earlier this month. Hope Boxes are filled with art supplies and project ideas that transport children from their current situation and into the incredible world of their imagination – improving their quality of life and promoting hope of recovery.

Cindy’s daughter, Brittany, was born premature so she’s familiar with the emotional rollercoaster parents experience while in the NICU. Brittany, 17, was also a patient at Sutter Memorial Hospital 12 years ago.

At the recommendation of the Child Life team, Cindy provided home-cooked meals to families in the pediatric unit from 2006-2015. That caring act quickly grew to so much more. Cindy wanted to give back even more to a hospital and staff so she registered to become a volunteer in 2016.

“(Child Life Coordinator) Amy Medovoy asked for the meals and then asked if I could do arts and crafts with children and their families at the bedside,” she said. “Arts and crafts bring hope and healing to children and their parents.”

Hope Boxes evolved over time but, Cindy said, the current colorful design and contents inside will stay for a while. Inside each box is a blank, hard-covered book, construction paper, paper sacks, Crayola products like watercolors, markers, crayons and colored pencils, scissors, pipe cleaners, glue, a pencil and a pencil sharpener.

“When it came to designing the box, we wanted to give kids the best,” she explained. “It’s the Disney mentality – Disney gives kids the best experience. They have a never-ending pursuit of excellence and that’s my desire for these boxes. That they will be excellent. That’s why we have Crayola products – they are the best and that’s what kids deserve.”

Hope Boxes are delivered to patients at Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento as a way for children to express their creativity and give families an activity to do during their stay.

The box, which is intended for patients four-years-old and older, is an art project in itself with designs on the inside that children can get creative with.

“This could be the last art project, the last treasure that some of these children create,” she said.

The first delivery not only brought delight to the children and families at the hospital, Cindy was thrilled with the response as well.

“It was awesome, amazing!” said Cindy. “To see the smiles on their faces and the unity it brought for the entire family was incredible. It made all of our hard work worth it.”

Hope Boxes welcome every child when they are admitted to Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento.

“We are so pleased to partner with All About Hope,” said Amy. “Arts and crafts are great for children of all ages and truly a family-friendly project. Cindy had a wonderful vision, and created something that truly impacts the children and families on a daily basis. We are so grateful to her and her amazing team for bringing the Hope Boxes to Sutter Children’s Center.”

To learn more about All About Hope, visit the website and their Facebook page.

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Children's Services, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments