“A Child needs to be wrapped warmly against the cold realities of Life. The only arms which can reach everywhere are those of Community. So in the run-up up to winter, let’s make it warm, safe and filled with love for Children with Cancer across our Land”
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project was born out of our visits to Paediatric Oncology Hospital wards across South Africa. During these visits we realised that even though some hospitals are better equipped than others, there was a dire shortage of and need for decent bedding at most of the hospitals.
No child should have to go without decent bedding and a nice soft warm blanket to keep them warm in the cold winter months, let alone a child Fighting Cancer with all their might. Children undergoing chemotherapy treatment also get very cold during the treatment and it is terrible to see them shivering and shaking from cold.
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust Get Wrapped Project entails asking for donations of new single bed blankets, preferably soft blankets due to the children’s sensitive skins due to some of the treatment regimens.
Only new blankets are accepted due to the compromised immune systems of the Children with Cancer.
Blankets are collected during March and delivered to Children with Cancer in Paediatric Oncology Hospital Wards across South Africa by our Volunteers and Representatives during April. We try to include the bedside carer, normally the mother, with a blanket too, as they also freeze whilst sitting at their child’s bedside every single day.
The response to the Get Wrapped project was so amazing that LFCT was able to gift every child in the paediatric oncology wards, as well as day patients and clinic patients, PLUS every mommy, with a lovely, warm blanket. In some of the areas we were able to include bed-socks, scarves and beanies as well.
There were plenty of smiles, snuggles and happy little hearts, but one story in particular touched our hearts:
One Little Fighter in Isolation, to whom we could only wave through the window, immediately grabbed the soft and fluffy blanket she was gifted, and held it to her face, enjoying the softness with a huge smile. It was the most beautiful wave we have ever gotten through the little glass window in a closed door.
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