Project Sunshine harnesses the power of play to support the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and their families as they face medical challenges. Project Sunshine programming incorporates our “SHINE” values, ensuring programs are Safe, Healthy, Inclusive, Nurturing and Engaging.
Project Sunshine's new TelePlay program brings together small groups of patients and trained volunteers by video conference to engage in play and activities.
Project Sunshine Activity Kits are an individualized packet of materials to inspire play and engagement. The materials spark joy and provide therapeutic value to the physical and emotional healing process.
Hospital units are transformed into soothing environments for parents and caregivers through relaxation activities including aromatherapy, mindfulness exercises, and self care.
Creative Arts and Crafts
Volunteers bring materials and facilitate arts and crafts activities, which encourage self-expression and imagination.
Special events celebrate holidays and other landmark occasions, bringing pediatric patients and families together to socialize.
Sending Sunshine is a unique program that positively impacts pediatric patients while providing volunteering opportunities outside of the hospital.
Activity Kits are used at medical facilities to help pediatric patients play while they are facing medical challenges. These kits include developmentally appropriate materials that encourage children’s creativity and provide a sense of fun.
Surgi Dolls are plain, body-shaped dolls that young patients decorate, personalize, and use as a means of comfort. Sewn by volunteers, these stuffed buddies are distributed in hospitals, where they may be used by medical staff to demonstrate what will happen during an upcoming procedure. By allowing children to claim ownership of their treatment, Surgi Dolls can decrease a patient’s anxiety, while also serving as surrogates and friends.