Send a Get Well Soon Card to a Hospitalized Child
Sending cards to hospitalized children can help them feel less isolated and lonely. Imagine the smile you can put on the face of a young patient who receives your cheery card, letter, or package. It might be the only highlight in a day otherwise filled with medical procedures, pain, and uncertainty.
A seriously ill child may remain hospitalized for months. Visits from family and friends may become less frequent, particularly when the child is transferred to a specialized hospital far from home. Parents may be torn between maintaining their jobs – which are often needed for medical insurance and to pay uncovered medical bills – and spending time with their sick child.
As a result, children requiring long-term care may get most of their daily human contact during routine treatment from doctors and nurses. While these professionals help with the child's physical pain, they may be hard-pressed to find the added time to deal with the emotional pain of isolation, confusion, and homesickness.
Sending cheery messages to hospitalized children is a wonderful way to brighten their day and make them feel special by knowing someone cares about them. Light-hearted, humorous cards are well-received. If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then your card can be a big help.
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Note: Most families will not respond to your card. While they appreciate your good wishes, most families are simply too busy to respond. Always include your contact information, however, when sending a card so that the child's family knows from whom the card was sent.
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