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Kids helping kids: Niswonger Children’s Hospital patients create one-of-a-kind artwork to raise money for the hospital

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kids helping kids: Niswonger Children’s Hospital patients create one-of-a-kind artwork to raise money for the hospital

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Tiny handprints, all in different colors, are carefully placed on a canvas to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

At six feet tall and four feet wide, the artwork is a large kite – the logo of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The kite symbolizes the hospital’s desire to be the place that makes kites fly, to help and heal the young people of this region – and, ultimately, to make hope rise.

The young patients at Niswonger Children’s Hospital created the painting to raise money and awareness for the region’s only children’s hospital. Each colorful handprint on the kite is from a patient at the children’s hospital; their ages range from toddlers to teenagers.

The children created the art one handprint at a time – each child dipped his or her hand in paint and put a handprint on a piece of canvas. Then, the handprints were cut out and placed on the artwork, each one leaving an impression on more than just the canvas itself.

“We have the tiniest of hands on there, and these kids love knowing that their art project will help other children just like them,” said Melanie Redding, child life program manager at Niswonger Children’s Hospital. “This artwork and everything it symbolizes has really been therapeutic for them.”

The painting will be auctioned off on June 26 during the VIP ParTee at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville. The VIP ParTee is part of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, a 10-day series of events in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia that benefit the children’s hospital. The Classic is presented by the Mountain States Foundation.

Other donated items include a one-of-a-kind stained glass kite, autographed sports memorabilia, vacations, and much more. The VIP ParTee reception will feature young East Tennessee musicians EmiSunshine Hamilton and The Fiddlin’ Carson Peters Band. The kids were recently featured in a TV spot for Niswonger Children’s Hospital, which aired during the Super Bowl.

Tickets are still available to attend the VIP ParTee, where you can enjoy food, mingle with celebrities, and bid on items like the handprint kite. For more information, visit www.NiswongerGolf.org.

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