In 2005, The National Center for Health Statistics reported that children under the age of 18 accounted for over 2,000,000 inpatient visits. More than anyone, sick children need to be loved and touched by comfort. That’s why Guideposts Outreach has created the Comfort Kit-a small box with a huge impact. Distributed to children by the hospital chaplains, nurses, child life, or volunteers, the Comfort Kit is filled with special items to turn a child’s hospital experience into a meaningful time; and to fill it, to whatever extent possible, with joy.
Inside, the child finds a cuddly stuffed star named Sparkle, a peaceful piano CD provided by Jeff Bjorck, an “I’m Special” bracelet, stickers, a stress ball, crayons, a parent feedback card, a stand up prayer card and a personalized name tag to mount on the wall (so that doctors and nurses can call the child by their first name)—and best of all, a special journal that kids use to help them process their feelings and help them find the strength that lies within.
Over the last three years Guideposts Outreach has distributed over 38,000 Comfort Kits to children in over 100 hospitals. With your help, we can reach children in their greatest moments of need. We can let them know that someone loves them—and that God in heaven loves them most of all.