Local Girl Scout Shares the Joy of Crafting With Patients at Miller Children’s Hospital
2015-02-27 · By Editor
Patients at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach are benefiting from the implementation of the Crafty Kids Club, a new club started by a local Girl Scout earning her Gold Award.
Audrey See, a senior in the PACE magnet program at Long Beach Poly has been a Girl Scout since she was six years old. Her passion for the arts helped her in selecting this project for her Girl Scouts Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest achievement within the Girl Scouts, which requires the planning and implementation of a project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the larger community. That’s exactly what Audrey did.
To get the Crafty Kids Club started, Audrey developed 350 craft kits, along with instructional videos and instruction sheets for the hospital to distribute and utilize. “I have always loved creating,” said Audrey. “Making things myself and sharing my passion with other children gives me great joy.” There are 13 different crafts ranging from simple tissue paper flowers to learning to sew a stuffed bear. Audrey also wanted to make sure there were crafts suitable for different ages. The kits were made so that the patients can work on them themselves or with their family providing an opportunity for bonding.
Audrey also held a couple of interactive craft workshops with the patients. Audrey spent one-on-one time, demonstrating the joy of creating something with your hands.
The Crafty Kids Club will become an on-going program. Audrey has found supporters of the club that will continue to fulfill the hospital’s needs for additional kits as the need arises.
“The arts are recognized as a powerful tool to assist patients and their families through challenging circumstances, said Rita Goshert, Clinical Operations Manager for the Child Life Program. “The Crafty Kids Club will create a wonderful opportunity for children to experience the joy of crafting.”
Audrey received donations from family and friends to make the project a reality. Audrey formally presented the kits to representatives of Miller Children’s today. She is excited to know her project will provide joy to patients at the hospital for years to come.