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Blessings of Baby Clothes

Over the years, we have been so blessed with donations of clothes, shoes, and toys to pass on to those around us. One of the ways that we give these items out in the Children’s Hospital is through the Baby Closet. This is when we go to the moms who are staying with their little ones and bring toys, hygiene items, and clothes for their babies. We prepare bundles of clothes throughout the week, and then every Friday morning 2 or 3 of us go throughout a few of the wards to encourage the moms and bring these little gifts to brighten their day. Some of the moms have children who get sick often, so we get to know them after a while and visit throughout the week during hospital shifts. Their babies get to know us too and are so excited when they see us coming with the basket of toys! How sweet to be able to not only take care of the babies and toddlers who are there alone, but also encourage and bless the moms who are staying with their little ones?

Sometimes while going to the moms and their babies, we’ll also have toys for the older kids who are staying there alone. Recently, there was a 12 year old boy who came up to one of us in the hospital and said, “I know you! I was here when I was little and you gave me a toy!” Maybe a toy car doesn’t mean much to some, but to him it meant that we cared and that memory stuck with him. It was a good reminder to stop and visit with the older kids too, and since then we try to have more toys with us to give them.

Thank you to all who have donated so many wonderful items, and to our volunteers who have helped make and distribute these adorable bundles of clothes! You are a blessing to us and to so many families and children.

Back to School!

Another year has begun for the children in our After School Program! We currently have over 100 children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Many of these children have been in our programs since they were little, some we have even known from the hospital as babies, and it has been so special to watch them grow and continue to be a part of their lives. We are so thankful for the chance to not only help them in their studies and encourage them in their future, but to also share God’s great love with them.

Please keep the kids and teachers in your prayers as they start this next year. Pray for wisdom and patience for the teachers as they teach, encourage, and share God’s love, and for the children that they will continue in their schooling and come to know God as their Lord and Savior.

Thank you to our teachers, donors, and everyone who has helped to make this program possible!

The Beauty of Giving Back, Regardless of Age

We love getting to know our volunteers! Hearing their stories is so inspiring, and seeing how they love the babies is such a beautiful thing.

Interview With The Goodness Chick

Erin Lawler Patterson, Goodness Chick, is a parenting coach for those raising pre-teens and teens chatting about mental health, drug trends and strategies to strengthen your teen and your relationship with them. Erin is an author, high school addictions counselor, motivational speaker, mom and world traveler.

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Summer Sport Camp in Budila

In July, we had the opportunity to run 2 different summer camps with our After School kids in Budila. How great to be able to reconnect with the kids during their holiday and spend time playing and sharing more about God’s great love for them!

Goodbye, Blanca!

After volunteering with us for over a year, the time has come to say goodbye to our dear Blanca as she and her husband move back to their home in Spain. Blanca has been a hospital shift supervisor, friend to all of us, and the loving arms of a mother for so many babies in […]

Summer Camp in Budila – “From Romania to Australia”

So I said ‘yes’.  And then I panicked. What had I got myself in for? Running a summer camp in a village? I didn’t even speak Romanian! What was I thinking? I was no dance, music or art expert and I had never ventured into village life since moving to Romania.

A Day in the Life of an FFR Hospital Volunteer

Calah recently came from Texas to volunteer with us for 3 months. We are so thankful to have her on our team! Below is an update she wrote after her first week in the Children’s Hospital.

Celebrating Another Year of Kids Club and After School

Every year at the end of school, we hold a graduation for our students as a way to celebrate them as they move on to the next step. We had 130 students in grade 0-7 in After School and 11 preschoolers in Kid’s Club, and we are so proud of each and every one of […]

Singing and Sharing the Message of Hope and Redemption

  “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1    I’ve been introducing myself as the “singing philanthropist,” a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others through music. Over the past six weeks, I’ve been sharing the message of hope […]