Taking Small Steps to Create Big Impact

No role is too small for Children’s Health Foundation volunteer Christina Thomas. On any given day, you can find her diligently putting together packages, dressing hundreds of teddy bears or organizing the toy room. Christina also volunteers at large fundraising events, supporting the Foundation’s efforts to raise significant funds for our region’s kids and families.

It was her own child requiring care that inspired Christina to give back. When her daughter was a baby she relied on their local hospital to recover from E.coli and receive treatment for asthma. Through this experience Christina discovered how important specialized care is for our region’s kids. Additionally, it was programs and services like Child Life, which make a big difference to a child’s hospital experience and rely on private donations, that showed her the importance of supporting Children’s Hospital at London Health Science Centre through the Foundation.

Years after her own daughter’s hospital experience, Christina was faced with her own, being diagnosed with cancer in April 2014. Without her immediate family being able to be by her side, she received a helping hand from strangers, guiding her through this difficult time. As an inspiring, positive woman, Christina didn’t dwell on her new situation, but saw that you must find a way to make the most out of the life you are given and have a purpose! Christina decided to pay it forward and give back to those who need it most.

Throughout her year of volunteering with Children’s, Christina has found that the most rewarding aspect is knowing you are helping someone.

“Even the small task of putting tags or clothes on a teddy bear is rewarding because you know that bear is going to brighten someone’s day,” expresses Christina.

One important message Christina shares is that “There are many different roles you can help in at Children’s; lots of opportunities to give back using a variety of skills. There is a role for you! It’s really good to give back to your community and help in any way that you can.”

We are celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 10-16. A big thank you to all of our volunteers who help raise awareness and funds to provide excellence in health care for our region’s young people. It is with the generosity and dedication of our volunteers that we are creating a healthier place where we live, work and play!

Want to become a volunteer at Children’s to make a difference like Christina does? Learn more about how you can help and fill out an application. We can’t wait to meet you!