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A group of young volunteers paint “The Rock”, the iconic structure situated between Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street in Ann Arbor, MI.

Armed with purple paint and brushes, these kids were on a mission. To spread awareness of an organization bringing happiness and healing to kids suffering from illness. Toys for Hospitalized Children is based out of New York and serves children throughout the U.S. regardless of race, ethnicity, or background.

Amidst upbeat music and contagious laughter, the volunteers were eager to get started. Cheers of victory floated as the kids stepped back to admire their masterpiece, a rock designed in purple and orange bearing the organization’s logo.

“I love toys!” said 7-year-old Aaron. “Kids in the hospital are sad and would feel better if they got a new toy.”

“That’s why we painted the rock,” Rikki chimed in, “so people check out the website and see how simple it is to make a sick kid happy”.

A toy to a sick child is much more than just a gift; it’s a gesture of love. It uplifts a precious child’s spirits and boosts morale. Many studies have proven how positivity can trigger self-healing superpowers that manifest physiologically in the body. HAPPY KIDS HEAL FASTER!

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5-year-old Michael's hand got caught in a door. He was rushed to Beth Israel Medical Center. We were in the Pediatric ER to greet him with a Playmobil and a smile. 

His hand was deeply cut, and needed internal and external stitching. Our guitarist MOISH stood near his bed during the 45 minute procedure, playing music, singing and interacting with Michael. (picture below)

Instead of Michael crying, he was smiling and laughing!!! It was heartwarming to witness.

Happy Kids Truly Heal Faster!