Last year I participated in a really great program run by a fellow Pea Angie Smith. I met Angie through 2peasinabucket.com. The Sunshine Albums Project is a wonderful opportunity to create an album for a child who is in the hospital facing illness. Many of the children in hospitals are there for cancer treatment. The albums are a way for the children and their families to document their journeys to wellness.
This year my hospital is one of the recipients of the albums. For those of you who don't know, I work at the Maria Fareri Childrens Hospital in Valhalla, NY. I am an OR nurse there. It is truly a remarkable place with an incredible and dedicated staff. We are also the only Level 1 pediatric trauma center in the region.
The second hospital that will receive albums is the Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital in St.Louis, Mo.
The albums should be no smaller than 4"x4" and no larger than 8"x8". Please remember these key words when making your albums-quality, simplicity and durability. It is important that they are appealing and positive, easy to add pictures and journaling to and strong enough to last. Embellies should be stuck down so they are not a choking risk. Last year I made a simple fold over album with a set of instructions from Chatterbox.
It's actually called the "one hour mini album". It uses 2 sheets of 12"x12" cardstock as the base of the album. So simple! I made 6 to contribute last year. If you want the instructions you can email me and I'll get them to you right away.
I also used different patterned papers for different ages. That may be a consideration for some when thinking about what type of album you want to create. You can easily break up your album themes like I did into preschool, school age and teen.
The deadline for having albums to Angie and me is November 25,2008. We will be keeping track of the number and type of albums we receive so that we have an equal disribution between both of the hospitals. Angie will be accepting albums from volunteers that live west of the Mississippi River and I will be accepting albums from volunteers east of the Mississippi River. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or Angie. My email is linked at the top of my blog. Angie's email is email@example.com. We're looking forward to seeing what you create!
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