ST. LOUIS - Spirits were brightened at Mercy Children’s Hospital when hundreds of people including patients, families and co-workers participated in a fun carnival featuring traditional games, prizes, popcorn machine, face painting and more.
Kids played games such as ring toss, bean bag toss, plush pig races, duck pond and other fun games along with a cake walk and activities provided by the Magic House and Home Depot.
The Mercy Kids Crew volunteers also provided bike helmet fittings, there were visits from Ronald McDonald, St. Louis Blues’ Louie, River City Rascals’ Ruffy, characters from Star Wars and Frozen along with Circus Flora’s Claire the Clown.
The carnival is one of many celebrations during “Benefit for Mercy Kids” Week honoring the patients, families and caregivers helped by the annual Benefit for Mercy Kids golf tournament and dinner auction. In 10 years, the Mercy Health Foundation Benefit for Mercy Kids golf tournament and dinner auction has raised more than $4.3 million for kids in our community. Because of this event, Mercy has expanded its Child Life Department, built a state-of-the-art rooftop garden, added pediatric transport services and made the outpatient surgery center more child-friendly.
The carnival events are planned by Mercy’s teen volunteer group, Teens Learning in the Community (TLC). TLC combines education and service by offering high school and college-age students, 16 years and older, interested in a health care career an opportunity to learn more about different options in the field. It fosters a commitment to volunteering, offers valuable insight into a variety of health care professions and experience in multiple areas of the hospital.
Mercy Kids is a network of pediatric care dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day. It’s powered by more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists. Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and educational services.