The 2RNs are always in search of new resources for our website. While doing research we often stumble upon organizations or companies who are trying to make things easier or better for hospitalized children and their families. This week I wanted to highlight an inspiring organization that we recently learned about. It is called “Little Wishes”.
There are many organizations that grant wishes for ill children. Often the wishes they grant are big wishes. They might involve a trip somewhere or meeting a sports figure or celebrity. But that isn’t the case with “Little Wishes”.
“Little Wishes” is a non-profit founded over 15 years ago by two pediatric oncology nurses. They wanted hospitalized kids to figure out what makes them happy and then wish for it.
They say they have seen how every wish, big or small, can make a difference to kids. Wishes can be a diversion from all the discomfort pediatric patients experience from being in the hospital and having to endure medical treatments.
All “Little Wishes” are granted to patients in the hospital. To date “Little Wishes” has granted over 12,000 wishes in 20 hospitals in a total of 12 states. What really makes their program different is that a child can make more than one wish. 14 days after they get their first wish and then every 14 days they can make another wish for as long as they are hospitalized.
The wishes are often delivered with the help of hospital staff and volunteers that celebrate with the patient to help make the wish even more special. Some wishes are simple, like a Spiderman figurine, a book or a princess dress. Others are a little more elaborate like a crab leg dinner for a patient or a 2000 piece Star Wars Lego set.
I want to encourage you to check out their website – littlewishes.org. They have lots of ways you can help out and bring moments of joy to hospitalized children.