What child doesn’t look forward to the fun and sun of summer break from school? Camps, cookouts, road trips, theme parks, beach time and sleepovers on long summer nights are just a few of the experiences that our pediatric patients will miss out on. COVID-19 made hospital stays even more difficult for these vulnerable young people, many of whom are unable to receive visitors, apart from immediate family, because of social-distancing protocols.
To remedy this situation, the TGH Foundation created the Christmas in July program. Facilitated by a team of Child Life Specialists, it’s an effort to bring some cheer to children who are unable to be out socializing and relaxing with friends and family during the summer months. These specialists provide a range of innovative services, such as pet therapy, picnics and movie nights, that are designed to foster a sense of normalcy and opportunities to interact with other kids.