For Hospital Kids
By Jon Lance
On Tuesday afternoon, 6-year-old Phoebe Carmody and her family donated more than 90 bags filled with toys for kids at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.
The Carmody family started the organization Phoebe’s Friends in honor Phoebe, who is currently battling leukemia as well as to thank the community for the support. Since Phoebe was diagnosed, Hopkins County residents have helped Phoebe’s family by holding fundraisers, selling yard signs and their prayers.
Now the Carmody family has decided to help other children who are at the hospital by donating bags stuffed with coloring books and a toy.
“The toys are for anyone at the hospital, not just the children being treated. If a mother or father is in the hospital, we want to provide their children with something that will help them through difficult times,” said Phoebe’s mother, Kelly Carmody.
The Carmody family has also taken the gift bag idea to the next level by letting local children stuff the bags with items they would like to play with at home.
“We had a great group of women and their children volunteer to make these gift bags,” continued Kelly, “the children that stuffed the bags would, for example, put one particular toy car with their favorite coloring book and crayons. Each bag was made by kids for kids.”
Above all the Carmody family believes this program is needed around the community but especially in Hopkins County. The items don’t have to be expensive, just little items that distract the children in troubling times.
“Local organizations have already contacted us about giving donations,” said Kelly.
The Carmody family wants to grow their organization Phoebe’s Friends. Once the organization continually has enough bags to supply Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, the Carmody family wants to spread the idea to smaller local communities around the area.
“Right now, this program has taken off to a great start,” Kelly stated. “We started off with our family making 20 gift bags and now we have close to 90 bags. This is our second trip donating to the hospital.”