Myself and some studio assistants had the privilege to host an art party for the children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta this weekend. Children’s Healthcare is a free children’s hospital in the Atlanta area. They are AMAZING. Specifically, we were at Scottish Rite, a bit of history of Scottish Rite:
“Inspired by the work of Michael Hoke, M.D., Mrs. William C. “Bertie” Wardlaw led the two-year effort to open a free hospital for children in the early part of the 20th century. With the help of Mr. Forrest Adair and the Scottish Rite Masons, Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children opened Sept. 15, 1915. Previously, Dr. Hoke had been providing free orthopaedic care for children at the Wesley Memorial Hospital on Auburn Avenue and Courtland Street. However, only two beds were available for patients, and space was limited.”
“Further expansion occurred in 1983 with the addition of 96 beds and a clinical outpatient building. On Sept. 15, 1989, the hospital was renamed again to the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Hospital for Children in honor of the couple who originally donated the land in north Atlanta, while the holding company became the Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center. The 1990s brought more additions to Scottish Rite, including the Callaway Acute Care Center in 1991 and the Scottish Rite Medical Center Asthma Education Center in 1994. In 1998, Scottish Rite and Henrietta Egleston Memorial Hospital merged to form Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Facilities at Scottish Rite were further expanded in 2004.”
We got some Pocket Fuzzes (worry pets) adopted and helped the kiddos forget their worries for a little while by decorating an Altoid tin home for their new pet.
It was a good time.
Children are so resilient and inspiring. It was a real blessing to hang out with such tough cookies! Also, I need a couple of them to come decorate my house… they were pros at home decor! <3 Hoping to work with this incredible organization again in the future.