Families spend many hours in the hospital waiting for their children to receive medical treatment. Each week, ENF hosts popular classes in knitting, crocheting, sewing and volunteers prepare crafts for children inside Rady Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. These programs are not only fun and educational, but provide a much needed support group amongst parents and families.
Thank you to the MBE/UPS Foundation for sponsoring our program.
This is one of our most popular programs and provides parents the opportunity for some much needed relaxation as they relate to each other and share stories and experiences. It has been proven that knitting and crocheting helps to relax the mind and our families love to see their finished projects when they have spent endless hours in the hospital.
In addition, once a year, ENF hosts its Annual Fashion Show for Hope. During this event, patients and parents not only show all the items they made throughout the year but they are also the models! Furthermore, during the fashion show families get a chance to sell some of the items they have made. ENF wants to empower families to use this skill as a source of extra income to help their finances during such hard times.
Classes are offered inside Rady Children’s Hospital (unless otherwise noted):
During our Knitting and Crocheting for Hope programs, kids have the opportunity to make fun art projects. Our wonderful volunteers get to spend time with these kids while their parents spend time socializing and learning to knit and crochet. This program is offered on Thursdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm during our knitting program. Patients and siblings are welcome. Now, we also deliver crafts to inpatients who can’t come of their rooms. ENF wants to make sure no child is left without a craft!
In July 2009, ENF added a new program at Rady Children’s Hospital. Each week 20 snack bags are delivered to the Hematology/Oncology infusion and treatment units. These bags contain water, low fat milk, fresh fruit, and whole grain crackers to serve children who often wait hours for treatment. Many parents with small children cannot leave their child’s side. Emilio’s snack bags provide a healthy alternative, to vending machine candy, cookies and soft drinks- this is just another way of ENF introducing healthy eating habits to families. Furthermore, ENF adds tips on healthy eating and easy recipes with healthy choices of fruits and vegetables. Finally, ENF is planning and working with Rady Children’s Hospital to host an annual Health Fair to promote healthy eating habits!