Being a teen in middle school already comes with a lot of drama and stress about friends and schoolwork. When you are stuck in the hospital not feeling well, it is easy to worry about everything. It also gets extremely boring. The last time I was in the hospital, a child-life specialist visited me and brought a craft. It was a little pillow I could sew together. It came in a bag that said, “Made with love from volunteers.” The pillow still sits on my dresser at home. This gave me and three of my friends an idea to start a club called STICH to make craft kits for children and teens in the hospital. There are
many programs like this for children, but not many for teens. STICH became a full-fledged club at my high school three months later – with more than 40 members! STICH provides craft activities, cards and blankets. The crafts are complex enough to maintain teens’ interest while serving as a welcome distraction in the hospital. My goal is to eventually provide these kits to doctor’s offices and hospitals. Starting the club was not just about having something to do. When I was in the hospital, I was touched by the kindness of the child-life specialist. Knowing someone cares and wants to help is important. Being sick in the hospital is no fun, but I always try to look for silver linings

2 thoughts

  1. That’s a great idea Reagan! We are very proud of you. This blog will do much to help other young people with Asthma.


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