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Volunteer Spotlight: Boston Chapter

Hannah Anthony first found out about Project Sunshine when she discovered that three of her colleagues were Project Sunshine Boston volunteers.

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!"

More Volunteer Stories of Interest

Sports Illustrated model, Damaris Lewis, volunteered for her second year as a Project Sunshine Dance Camp instructor to empower young women through dance.
Emilio Delgado, who has played Luis on Sesame Street for 40 years, brought sunshine to pediatric patients at Mount Sinai´s KidZone as part of Project Sunshine´s Book Club

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