Volunteer Spotlight: Boston Chapter
Hannah Anthony first found out about Project Sunshine when she discovered that three of her colleagues were Project Sunshine Boston
This information piqued Hannah�s interest and she soon became a Project Sunshine volunteer to see what her co-workers were
raving about. After volunteering with the chapter for a few months, a Chapter Leader position opened up and Hannah jumped at the opportunity.
She and two other volunteers, Kali Ferrell and Allison Robbins, stepped up to share the Co-Chapter Leader roles.
Project Sunshine Boston has two active chapters. Hannah, Kali and Allison�s chapter visits Franciscan Hospital for Children once a month to
host Family Night programming. Parents, family members and friends join their children at the hospital for a night of fun, which includes dinner
and Creative Arts and Crafts activities. The volunteers create art with the children, family and friends to brighten up the hospital rooms
or to give out as gifts to their loved ones.
Hannah still remembers a three-year-old at one of her events, "One evening, with some glitter glue and a paintbrush in hand, I was able to
engage a very scared three-year-old child in our craft activity. After spending my day conducting experiments in the laboratory, having the
privilege to distract this new patient and his worried family members gave me an overwhelming sense of satisfaction. Every month during
Franciscan�s Family Night, it is a pleasure to engage patients and their families with something creative and to bring a sense of normality to them
during this otherwise difficult time."
Kali, Allison and the other volunteers also share Hannah´s sense of satisfaction. When speaking about a recent program, Kali said, "It is hard to
describe the look that was on many of the children´s faces. They all just looked so carefree. It felt pretty amazing to be a part of that!"