“Share the Love” with children in hospital this Valentine’s Day

The Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation is helping “Share the Love” with sick kids this Valentine’s Day.

People have the opportunity to sign a Valentine’s Day card for a child in hospital. Saskatchewan Blue Cross is going to donate $10 for every card signed and sent, up to $10,000.

Vice-President of Communications, Lynn Redl-Huntington, says the initiative is aimed at putting a smile on the faces of sick kids.

“It’s just a really great way to make Valentine’s special for those kids who are in hospital, and aren’t able to participate in regular Valentine’s Day festivities” said Redl-Huntington.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone, Redl-Huntington says it’s been especially tough on kids who are hospitalized.

“When you’re  a child in hospital, it’s just so difficult. You don’t have the opportunity to be with your extended family and friends,” said Redl-Huntington. “So, our goal is always to make the hospital feel like a home away from home for kids. So, we like to do some of these special projects, so that kids can really feel that they have childhood.”

In addition to signing a card, people can also purchase a cookie decorating kit, a Valentine’s craft, or donate to the area of greatest need.

Redl-Huntington says last year’s event was a success and she’s excited to see what this year will bring.

“Every kid, every child in hospital, just had a whole pile of (cards), and it was just such a great, warm, fuzzy feeling. It was very, very meaningful,” said Redl-Huntington. “This is just such a really easy way for people right across the province to do it. It takes less than 5 minutes, and you’re done, and you’ve done a good deed for the day, that’s for sure.”

Anyone wishing to buy a card or donate to the hospital can do so on their website.

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