Health First’s Center for Child Development Kids Make Art Hearts for Holmes Regional Medical Center Patients, Staff
By Space Coast Daily // February 14, 2023
The Heart Center at Holmes Regional Medical Center is area’s most advanced heart and stroke center
Health First’s Center for Child Development preschoolers put glue to googly eyes, pipe cleaners and more to make happy hearts for patients and staff at The Heart Center for Valentine’s Day.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On a recent morning, classroom teacher Cheryl Carroll was bent over a table of 4-year-olds at Health First’s Center for Child Development affixing pipe-cleaner arms and legs to heart characters. She folded the arms in front of the hearts in a symbolic hug.
“Have you ever been in the hospital?” asked the teacher, a 17-year veteran.
The kids all said no, they certainly hadn’t.
“Well, have you ever been sick? When you’re sick, don’t you want a hug? Don’t you want to know someone is thinking of you?”
Empathy is a big concept to explain. Better to demonstrate it.
Kids at the center have been busy making about 200 hand-built hearts to be handed out on Valentine’s Day to patients and their families, providers and staff at The Heart Center, the area’s most advanced heart and stroke center that’s next door at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
“This gives them an opportunity to be creative about giving back,” said Erika Barnes, Director of the Center for Child Development. “The Center for Child Development has a unique setup compared to other daycares because we have the capability and resources to get involved with the hospital and community.”
During the holidays, the center’s children sent artwork to the Health First Family Pharmacy for display. For Easter, they’ll make colorful Easter eggs for the residents of the retirement home next to the school.
“Being a small child, you can still contribute … an act of kindness starts at a young age.”
The kids’ Valentine’s Day art will be displayed around the hospital for Heart Month.
“At Valentine’s Day, we read books and stories to them about love and family and friendships. It kind of goes hand in hand.”
Along with the Valentine’s Day heart cards hand-out, the health system has planned a short concert by in-house choir The Wellagains for noon, February 14, inside The Heart Center atrium.
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