4 ways to support kids for Children’s Hospitals Week March 18-24 in Birmingham

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Richlyn Carter, 2019 Local Champion for Children’s of Alabama. Photo submitted

Children’s Hospitals Week is coming up March 18-24. Find out how you can help Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham continue to provide pediatric care that goes above and beyond.

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What: Children’s Hospitals Week, March 18-24, 2019, hosted by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Local hospitals in the network, including Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham, participate too.

Why:

“Insurance and government programs only cover so much. Then there is a gap in funding. With community support, we are able to offer care above and beyond just the standard of care.”

Emily Bridges, community development coordinator, Children’s of Alabama

Children’s Hospitals Week raises both funds and awareness. The best part: dollars raised in Birmingham stay local at Children’s of Alabama.

4 Ways to Get Involved

1. Meet Richlyn on Facebook Live on March 19.

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Richlyn Carter. Photo submitted

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 19, 11:30AM. That’s when 4-year-old Richlyn Carter of Sylacauga makes her big debut on Facebook Live as 2019 Local Champion for Children’s of Alabama. When she was an infant, lymphatic malformations threatened her life. Today she’s happy and healthy thanks to her medical team.

2. Get social.

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Heart transplant patient Dena Perry ringing the bell at Children’s of Alabama upon her discharge in May 2018. Photo submitted

Next, learn what makes pediatric hospitals special (and essential). From March 18-24, check in with Children’s of Alabama on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as #ChildrensHospitalWeek. Then use those sharing buttons liberally to spread the word.

3. Shop locally with partners of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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Employees of Walmart, a partner of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, with Morgan, a Children’s of Alabama patient. Photo submitted

Many national chains with a Birmingham presence, including Publix, Walmart and Dairy Queen, partner with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. (Find the full list here.) Locally, those dollars go to Children’s of Alabama.

For Children’s Hospitals Week 2019, check out who’s going the extra mile.

Kendra Scott offers the Children Charm ($25). While the jewelry company normally donates 50 percent of charm proceeds to the cause, that percentage goes up to 100 for one day only on March 18. Sounds like a good day to go to The Summit.

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Kendra Scott Children Charm, $25. Photo via kendrascott.com

From March 18-22, Love’s Travel Stops will ask customers to “Round Up the Change” on eligible transactions. So if your total is $5.07, pay $6. Then 93 cents will go to Children’s of Alabama. Easy.

4. Give to Children’s of Alabama

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Arts and crafts are one aspect of Child LIfe at Children’s of Alabama, which helps normalize the hospital environment. Photo submitted

You’ll support cutting-edge pediatric medical care and research and a lot more. Here’s how your donation will help provide non-medical services that are crucial to the overall health of Children’s of Alabama patients and families.

  • More child life specialists, who help patients focus on the business of being a kid while in the hospital (Perfect timing because March is Child Life Month at Children’s of Alabama!)
  • Pastoral care and social services
  • The Amelia Center, which offers grief counseling at no cost
  • Children’s Hospital Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS Center), serving those affected by suspected child abuse and neglect

Visit give.childrensal.org/chw to donate during Children’s Hospitals Week.

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