4th Annual Child Life Toy Drive at UH Rainbow Babies Hospital

Giving the ‘Frozen’ gift of wellness; healing through music and seeds, ‘this wheelchair comes without oxygen’

By Gregory Jackson

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The 4th annual Child Life Christmas was held yesterday, featuring Soul’D Out Band performing live Christmas music for children and families at University Hospital Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. They performed in front of a closed circuit TV on the Rainbow channel. Soul’D Out is known for their annual Christmas concert at Mocktail Party MADD gala, and now Groundz annual Child Life Wish List for young patients and parents.

In fact, Groundz donated organic, non-genetically modified, and open source seed from High Mowing Seed Company. We gave the gift of wellness by donating organic seed packets of brandywine tomato, touchstone gold beet, cascadia snap pea, baby pam pie pumpkin (for baking pumpkin pie), and waldmann’s dark green lettuce. By giving seeds as a gift we sought to encourage UH Rainbow Baby parents to grow organic food in their backyard and once their children get better, to plant in the garden together, and save and share seed with their neighbors and friends. We also source seed from two other companies that use heirloom, nonGMO, and organic seed: Seed Savers Exchange and Bakers Creek. We will let you know of others once we learn of them.

We also partnered with the City of Seven Hills, Ohio and Cleveland Metroparks staff who donated toys.

“Here start with this wheelchair,” said UH receptionist. “It doesn’t have oxygen.” Commenting on how to cart in the toys from the concierge parking area. One child life staff said, “These gifts are Frozen.” I thought she was referring to the gifts being cold, when in fact she meant Disney’s Frozen gifts will be a hot item.

With a combination of music and gifts help children heal through the Christmas season.

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