We help hospitalized kids have better days by giving them a building toy to play with and take home. Our goals are to improve a child’s hospital stay and support important educational development.
100% of the donations from this challenge will be used to purchase new building toys (like Legos, K'Nex or Mega Bloks).
Donating $10 will help bring a smile to two children and will allow us to give building toys to kids who are: admitted two or more nights in the hospital, recovering from surgery, or have a serious illness and are in and out of the hospital often.
Pediatric patients and their families face many uncertain, frightening, and stressful times. When a child is given a toy to play with (and keep) while they are in the hospital, they get to enjoy being a child. It takes their mind off of the uncertain and frightening treatments they are going through. Also, research shows that getting a new toy before a procedure reduces anxiety and stress. Parents are often too overwhelmed and/or do not have the financial means to purchase a new toy. We work with the hospital staff to make sure each child has a toy.
How we got started
We were founded by Ben who was diagnosed with lymphoma in the Spring of 2015 when he was 12 years old. He spent many weeks in the hospital which made for long, boring days that we needed to fill. One of his favorite things to do was build and create with Legos, Mega Bloks and Zoob pieces. Once Ben finished his treatment protocol, he wanted to help other children who had to spend time in the hospital, so he started Building Better Days.
Building toys are important
· Help children make social connections with their caregivers and other children in the hospital ward.
· Give children a sense of accomplishment and control which is especially important in the hospital since children lose almost all their decision-making power because of treatment protocols.
· Give pediatric patients a chance to make their own decisions and affect an outcome which helps develop a healthy self-esteem while being hospitalized.
· Help children focus on fine motor skills by manipulating pieces and use larger motor skills by sitting upright to build. Some medications may affect motor skills, so building is a way to practice these skills and improve physical health.
· Support educational tasks such as counting, pattern recognition, following directions, spatial awareness and principles of engineering. Since children are missing school, these benefits can help reinforce math and science concepts.
You can find out more about us at BuildingBetterDays.com.
Thank you for your support!