Raffle for a Cause: Xbox Series X

Looking to add a new gaming system to your home or workplace? The Xbox Series X is difficult to find right now, however, the Standish Foundation for Children is raffling off this console to support hospitalized children. They have included an additional controller and the MLB Show 21. Tickets are just $20, so drink coffee at home this week and purchase a few tickets. It’s all for a great cause.

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Supporting Hospitalized Families and Health Care Providers One Sip at a Time. Child Life Coffee: Spotlight and Giveaway

We all know how coffee can be the lifeline to getting through stress. Sitting at the bedside with your child or working long hours in the hospital, caffeine can bring a little pick me up with a sense of normalcy. I was thrilled to learn about one amazing family who has walked alongside their son on his medical journey and found a way to give back to others. Read about the Emo family and how they are making a positive impact on families and medical providers through Child Life Coffee.

Guest Blogger, Todd and Morgan Emo, Founders of Child Life Coffee

Child Life Coffee offers high-quality coffee at competitive prices, but the real benefit of sipping on our coffee is knowing that every purchase provides support to children and families in hospital settings. One cup at a time, CLC supports Child Life Programs that have a direct impact on children’s physical and emotional health and well-being. We also strive to ensure that families and healthcare workers have the energy they need by regularly sending our coffee to local hospitals.

We partnered with several of the finest roasters in the country to create our premium coffee line full of traditional and exotic varieties. Our coffee beans are sourced directly from hard-working, reputable producers around the world, and roasted only after your order is received. Then, it’s shipped directly from our roasters to you in two to three days, ensuring the freshest cup of coffee every time.

By drinking our coffee, you are helping us change lives. You can feel less guilty about your coffee addiction, knowing it is directly restoring hope to children and families who experience a hospitalization. We think you’ll also love receiving fresh, delicious, and affordable coffee right to your doorstep.

Inspiration Behind Child Life Coffee

Our son was diagnosed with an exceedingly rare liver condition called Biliary Atresia. This disease affects about 1 in every 15,000 infants, and most require a liver transplant within their first year of life to survive. James received his life-saving liver transplant when he was just eight months old after a very generous extended family member, who we lovingly refer to as Auntie Elise, stepped forward to donate 30% of her liver. Her courage and selflessness saved James’ life, and for that, we are forever grateful. Even now, there is not a day that goes by where we do not think of her life-altering gift. She may not know it, but she truly is our hero.

During the eight months leading up to his liver transplant, and many months after, our family lived at the hospital. We never left James alone in his hospital crib, and it was a constant battle for his life. Between learning about his condition, navigating being first-time parents, and preparing for his transplant, we felt like we were running an endless marathon.

Along the way, we met many families who were also experiencing hardship, many of whom could not be at their child’s bedside 24/7 like we were for James. We also became acquainted with the healthcare team and got to know every nurse, technician, and staff member on every shift. Around this time, we learned about Child Life Specialists.

The whole medical team did an excellent job treating our baby, but it was the Child Life Specialists who had the most significant impact. They are so passionate about what they do, and they demonstrated it every single day. They always reminded us we were not in this alone and provided us the support and resources we desperately needed at the time. We didn’t know it at the time, but their support helped keep us out of dark places.

Where to Purchase

You can purchase a variety of roasts, flavors, and tease from Childlifecoffee.com. Be sure to follow on Facebook and Instagram

Win a $25.00 gift card to purchase your choice of coffee or tea.  Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and Child Life Coffee, tag two friends.
  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @ChildLifeCoffee, tag two friends.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy.

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 6/11/21. Open to U.S. residents.

 

“Going to the Hospital. What Will I See?” Spotlight and Giveaway

Guest Blogger, Jaynie R Wood, Author of “Going to The Hospital.  What Will I See?”

This is a book to familiarize children and their families with the initial procedures when hospitalization becomes necessary. Hospital personnel is introduced and their tasks are described. Procedures and the reasons for those procedures are discussed. The patient learns what he can do to help the doctors and nurses. The people wearing funny clothes are highly skilled in helping your child feel better, and the child-friendly illustrations serve to aid in understanding the process. And as you will see, there are also reasons for big smiles during your stay in the hospital. It is well-documented that when patients are partners in their treatment, anxiety is lessened and recuperation time is often more rapid.

About the Author:

The concept for much of my life started when I was four and I was poked 23 times for an IV start. That moment changed my perspective forever. That was my first open-heart surgery.

Years later I was around 13, having another surgery in the intensive care unit.  Another young patient saw that I was in tears and came over to me. She told me a story of a prince on a hill and in the end, everything turned out just fine.

I still have the picture and I remember her name was Wanda. Wanda had cancer, And I learned soon after I left the hospital that Wanda did not survive. Fast forward a few years later and I was back in the hospital again for another heart surgery, and I coded. I remember waking up and seeing an angel up in the window behind me. I wasn’t scared, I just felt very comforted with the fact that they were there and watching out for me.

Later in my life, I started a child life program at a hospital in Santa Barbara, California. No one told me how difficult it was to start a program from scratch. I just put one foot in front of the other, wrote a grant, and started the program.

Helping children through their hospital experience has been my mission.

When I wrote the book I  was both a Certified Child Life Specialist and a Pet Therapy Handler. The illustrator asked what character I wanted to be in the book because I couldn’t be both. I chose to be the character of the Certified Child Life Specialist. However, the pet therapy dog in the book needed to look exactly like my dog, a big giant lovable Leonberger.

And so, the book was born. It was a labor of love for myself, the editor, and the illustrator. My wish is that it could find the way into the hearts of those who need it most.

We will be giving away a copy of “Going to the Hospital. What Will I See?” to one lucky winner.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.
  2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  3. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and tag two friends in the post.
  4. Twitter: Follow, Like, and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

Good luck, the winner will be chosen by 4/26/21. Open to U.S. residents.