HopeKids is a nonprofit for children with life threatening illnesses that operates on the idea that it’s the hope of something to come that keeps the kids going. There is at least one event planned every month so they always have something to look forward to. If they can make it through a surgery or a chemo therapy treatment they get to go to a movie or a party. It also creates a support system for the kids and their families. They find friends with whom feeding tubes, oxygen tanks, and bald heads are …something normal, not something weird to be stared at.
The HopeKids Royal Ball is a magical evening where all of the kids get to leave the hospital and all of their cares behind to step into a fairytale world where they’re no longer “sick kids”. They get to be treated like the brave princes and princesses they really are. They eat a royal banquet, listen to live music, ride in Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage, have hair, makeup, and face painting done by fairy-godmothers in training, and meet and dance with all of their favorite princesses and characters. It is an incredibly special night.
I had the pleasure of being a volunteer in The fairy godmother’s salon and helped the children make ribbon wands. These amazing children and their wonderful families are just a joy to be with. They think you are there to make their night special, but really they made my night! To see such beautiful smiling faces on these families are going through, or have already gone through, such hard reality is heart warming. To give them a night in a fairytale world, where they were served a dish at Tianna’s café and danced the night away with Cinderella. This is such an amazing organization to be involved with and I only hope to help at more events.
Thank you to the Sponsors for the 4th annual HopeKids Princess Party: The Castle Reception Center
, Farinas Costumes
, Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Lakeview Hospital, the Hope for Heroes group from the USU Huntsman School of Business, Jordan Soul
for proving the music and the amazing photographers that volunteered their time and talents. To donate to HopeKids visit their donate website here
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