Inspired by the loving care given to her sister, Verizon's Marsha Hampton volunteers at the same hospital every Sunday to care for sick children.
Marsha Hampton has been volunteering at Texas Children’s Hospital since 2011. She originally started by managing a “fun cart” containing coloring books, toys and games. It was created to keep the siblings of sick children occupied while their parents and brother or sister visited with a doctor. Now she volunteers every Sunday afternoon for three hours in the hospitals’ play room which contains a giant aquarium.
“This is a safe haven room with no doctors allowed so children can have a sanctuary to go to and not be worried that they are getting a shot or seeing the doctor,” Hampton said.
Texas Children’s Hospital is near and dear to Hampton’s heart because a sister of hers lived there from the time she was born until she turned 3 years old. Hampton said she never forgot how friendly the nursing staff was to her sister and entire family.
The nursing staff wears colorful t-shirts and fun cartoon character scrubs. All of the medical equipment is hidden and they try to make the rooms more like a hotel than a hospital, folding the towels into animal shapes and painting the walls in brightly decorated colors.
Hampton, who is a grandmother to two, said “The kids here give me inspiration. I met a 4-year-old girl who is almost cancer-free and needs only one more chemo treatment and then she can go home. It makes you feel really good.”
“Marsha is an awesome volunteer,” said Nora Lopez, senior volunteer coordinator for the Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus. “She loves to be with children, is very creative with crafts. She's dedicated, compassionate, committed and children love to be around her. Texas Children’s Volunteer Program is very proud to have Marsha with us.”
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