|Guideposts reaches milestone with 'small box with big·impact'|
|Written by Eric Tiansay|
|Monday, 19 August 2013 08:54 AM EDT|
Guideposts recently reached a milestone with a program that offers comfort to youngsters coping with the uncertainty, discomfort and stress of being hospitalized or undergoing treatment.
The 100,000th Guideposts for Kids Comfort Kit was given to one of the pediatric patients of Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Since the program was launched seven years ago through a collaboration with Chaplain Anna Gentile from the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., Comfort Kits have expanded to 48 states where they are distributed free of charge to medical facilities for children who are sick or injured.
The "small box with the big impact" contains a yellow stuffed star named Sparkle, a child-friendly journal that enables them to express their feelings and find inner strength, and an "I'm Special" bracelet.
"We are delighted that Comfort Kits have been distributed to 100,000 children nationwide and thrilled that the program continues to grow," said Rhonda R. Neal, manager of Guideposts Outreach Services. "It is an achievement of which we could only dream when we began this program in 2006. The Comfort Kits program is just one way in which Guideposts continues to uplift people of all ages in their time of greatest need."
Guideposts imprints include Candy Cane Press, Ideals and Williamson. Guideposts magazine reaches 6 million readers, company officials said.
Learn more about Comfort Kits at comfortkits.org.