While I was visiting my little cousin in the hospital who had dislocated her elbow, I noticed that something was not right. Many of the children seemed isolated and felt like they were in need of comfort and ease. Some patients in the hospital couldn't hug their loved ones and couldn’t feel the physical comfort from them due to health complications. This made me feel very devastated since a hug from a loved one when you need it the most is worth more than a thousand words. I saw the pain in my cousin’s eyes.
Even though I wasn't able to give my cousin a comforting hug since she just had surgery, I thought to myself what better way to give her a feeling of support from me to her than with a plush stuffed heart that she can hug and feel my support from within her arms. I knew I had to do something and that’s why I knew that the children at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital would love plush hearts. Many of the children are going through similar situations as my cousin and would be one step closer to feeling at ease when they have a plush heart from an important person to them within their arms.
That soon led me to my creation of an organization that donates plush hearts to children in hospitals who are in need called Heart to Heart. Each patient at the hospital will be able to feel the physical touch from their own heart to a red plush one given by a loved one. Hearts symbolize so many wonderful things such as compassion, understanding, and best of all love, which I think is perfect for the children who are in critical conditions in hospitals. Ever since I was little, I always viewed doctors and nurses as heroes. From emergency room trips to checkups, doctors and nurses have always been there for me that is why I want to be there for the children at the UCLA Mattel Children’s too, and make a positive impact in hospitals. Anyone who has ever been in a hospital knows it can get quite boring so imagine if you’re a kid. Although a stuffed heart can’t get rid of a child’s illness, it can give comfort to children when they need a hug.
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