Project Sunshine and UnitedHealth Group Provide Arts and Crafts to Patients at Miller Children’s

  • UnitedHealth Group employees deliver gifts they created for
    patients and their families

LONG BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volunteers from UnitedHealth Group created arts and crafts yesterday for
patients at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. The gifts
are intended to help provide relief from the stress and monotony of
treatment for hospitalized children. About 30 volunteers created 450
arts and crafts kits, which included journals and materials for
pediatric patients to decorate their own trophies and medals. The
donation was part of Project Sunshine, which provides programs that
educate and entertain children facing medical challenges.


Since 2010, nearly 26,000 UnitedHealth Group volunteers have created
over 86,000 arts and crafts kits and more than 29,000 Sunny Grams for
pediatric patients across the country in partnership with Project
Sunshine.

About Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine (www.projectsunshine.org)
is a non-profit organization that provides free educational,
recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges
and their families. Project Sunshine recruits, trains, and coordinates a
dynamic and dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring
programming – recreational (arts), educational (tutoring and mentoring)
and social service (HIV and nutritional counseling) – to 100,000
children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities
across the United States and in four international locations: Canada,
China, Israel and Kenya. Volunteers selflessly donate their time to
create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite,
volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of
fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to
confront procedures that lie ahead. Project Sunshine volunteers spread
sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric
healthcare environment.

About UnitedHealth Group

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) is a diversified health and well-being
company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping
make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group
offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct
platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and
benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and
technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit
UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com
or follow @UnitedHealthGrp
on Twitter.

Child Life Program at Miller Children’s &
Women’s Hospital Long Beach

The award-winning Child Life Program at Miller Children’s & Women’s
Hospital Long Beach was developed to help make the hospital experience a
more positive one for children of all ages by offering developmental,
educational and emotional support, because kids need more than medicine
to get well. Child Life Specialists plan individualized and group
programs that help children cope with hospitalization in every area of
the hospital including inpatient, outpatient, and the Emergency
Department, and promote the continuity of normal, daily childhood
activities. Child Life Specialist use medical play, activity playrooms,
art therapy and pet therapy to help lessen anxieties and fears in kids
and teens. Visit MillerChildrens.org/ChildLife,
like us on Facebook.com/MillerChildrensHospital,
follow us on Twitter
@MillerChildrens and on Instagram @MillerChildrens.

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Contacts

UnitedHealthcare
Matt Rodriguez, 714-252-0479
matt.rodriguez@uhc.com