A unique game of Valentine’s Day bingo.
Arts and crafts with red, pink and purple hearts.
A mountain of stickers, glue and other decorations to make personalized valentines.
That’s just some of the fun had during the Valentine’s Day party at Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.
Wonder Woman was spotted in a wheel chair with her mom, who worked to fill her Valentine’s Day bag with candies, stickers and heart-shaped pencils.
A cookie-decorating station offered some sweet, crafty fun next to red- and pink-frosted doughnuts, hot cocoa, cookies and juice.
Some took to the sweets while others worked on crafts and played games.
“I think the activities are very thoughtful and help give the kids something to look forward to,” said Tana Weeks, mother of Jonathan Weeks. “This definitely distracts the kids from the more difficult circumstances they are likely going through, and we really appreciate it.”
Tana’s son has been in the hospital for eight days. He is being treated for osteomyelitis, a rare bone infection.
“It was all very sudden,” she said. “He was a totally healthy kid, and over the course of just a few weeks he wasn’t walking.”
These activities help make life a bit more enjoyable for families.
“The staff here is just amazing,” she said. “They have an infinite amount of patience, are continually upbeat, and I’ve been really impressed.”
This year’s Valentine’s Day party was put on by Pilots for Kids. The group volunteers at the hospital regularly and coordinates various events throughout the year.
Susan Beerens, a Child Life team member, says these types of events normalize the time kids spend at the hospital.
“We celebrate holidays, birthdays and really just try to have fun with the kids,” she said.