Kindness Kids club visits children at Lutheran Children's Hospital

Publish Date: 12/10/2015
This week Kendall Elementary's Kindness Kids club visited children at Lutheran Children's Hospital in Fort Wayne, spending time reading, crafting and just sharing kindness and care with the kids being treated there. They also delivered donated books they collected for the hospital.

Kendall student Grace Chandler reads with a Lutheran Children's Hospital patient.

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This amazing idea for the club started with one young lady, Grace Chandler, who spent time as a patient at Lutheran shortly after she was born. She and her family are grateful to the doctors and staff there for the care they gave her.

"I honestly believe she wouldn’t be here with us today if it wasn’t for the staff [at Lutheran Children's Hospital,” Grace's mother, Christina, told the Chronicle-Tribune.

Because of Grace's experiences, she knows that young patients need help from friends. 

"They need the same love like I did and hope that I did when I was little," Grace told Fort Wayne TV station 21Alive.

Kendall social worker Mackenzie Kleman organized the trip with the help of Lutheran staff, and along with Grace's mom (who helps with the Kindness Kids club) traveled with the third-grade students to the hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

“Unfortunately our patients miss out on getting to spend time with their family and friends during the holiday season,” said Lutheran Children's Hospital Child Life Specialist Tammy Else. “Getting a visit from these kids really helped make their day.”

Traveling to Lutheran on Wednesday were: Ava Adams, Grace Chandler, Daytona Griffith, Ravleen Rai, Da'Yonna Fouce, Sydney Slaton, Mary Bell, and Sesilia Guy. We are so proud of these students for sharing kindness and hope for a bright future with the young patients in the hospital at the holidays, and for their efforts to spread kindness to our school and community every day.