If you’ve ever had a child or other loved one in the hospital, you understand the emotions and challenges that occur while that loved one is in the hospital. “Normal” life is interrupted and hospital time is often gloomy and lacks joy. We have the opportunity to step in and offer joy, laughter, fun and simply happiness by assembling “Happy Kits” for Children’s Mercy hospitals.
The Happy Kits are used to help patients, families, and caregivers occupy time during their visit. This simple gesture will make someone else smile!!
There are a couple ways you can participate in this project!
- Donate Items
- Assemble the Happy Kits with the KCI Community
- Purchase & assemble your own Happy Kit at home
Here’s how we’ll do it at KCI:
Between now and February 12th, we’re going to collect items for the “Teen and Caregiver” Happy Kits and “Greeting Card” Happy Kits. Once you bring an item in, let us know on the sign up sheet. All collected items will be assembled (by us) Saturday, February 12th after the 9am class. If you are not available at that time, but would like to participate at home, that’s fine too.
Check out the supply lists below, head to the store, then drop those items off during your next workout at KCI All collected items will be assembled (by us) Saturday, February 12th after the 9am CrossFit class! This is a family-friendly outreach project and we are encouraging the whole community to participate!
Teen and Caregiver Supply List (Ages 13 & Up)
- Adult coloring book, coloring book pages, word search or crossword
- 1 package of colored pencils
- Card game (Phase 10, UNO, Skip Bo, etc.)
- Writing journal
Greeting Card Happy Kits Supply List
These Happy Kits are filled with supplies to help our patients make their own cards for others, i.e. parents, siblings, or nurses.
- Paper and writing utensil to create custom cards
- Age appropriate coloring book
- If possible, please include markers, stickers and other craft supplies for card making
If you have any questions, let us know! You can also learn more about the Happy Kits HERE