Giving back to UNC

A spacious three story dollhouse, recently constructed, fully furnished, and ideally located to bring joy to patients of the UNC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic.

Giving back to UNC click to enlarge Decorating the house.
Giving back to UNC click to enlarge A doll making herself at home.

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On Monday, the Girl Scout Troops of the Compassionate Tabernacle of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Raleigh came to the UNC Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic to spread goodwill to patients being treated in clinic. The visit included the delivery of a seven foot tall dollhouse that was built and furnished by the girls of Troop 359.

The girls completed the dollhouse project in pursuit of a Silver Award, the second highest honor awarded by the Girl Scouts. Earning the award has a service component and a personal connection in the troop guided them to support the UNC clinic. Troop Co-Leader Tanisha Evans’ daughter Taylor has sickle cell disease and has received treatment at UNC since she was two weeks old.

“We have had such a wonderful experience here at UNC that we wanted to give back,” said Evans. “When your child goes through something like sickle cell, you feel like the doctors and the nurses are saving your baby’s life. Every time we have the opportunity to give, this is where we choose, because they have given us so much.”

While the older girls arranged furniture in the dollhouse – some of which they made by hand –members of Junior Troop 1041, Daisy Troop 97 and Brownie Troop 114 distributed “comfort baskets,” with items like cozy socks, lip gloss for girls and small toys for boys.

Items for the comfort baskets have been collected by members of Junior Troop 1041 over the past several months. “We began collecting items for the baskets back in August because we wanted to make sure that every child would receive our expression of comfort during their hospital stay,” said Evans.

Troop Leader Carolyn Dove said she was very proud of all the hard work the girls had done.

“They have just been phenomenal throughout the whole process. We’ve never had to encourage them to come do work, they worked as groups and they worked on their own. They’ve put in the man hours and it’s been a wonderful process,” said Dove.

After the house was delivered by movers from Two Men and a Truck who donated their time, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic Nurse Manager Ken Neuvirth greeted the girls and thanked them for their hard work.

“Our patients will really appreciate this. What you’ve done and all the work you’ve put into the house and all the little pieces that go into, our patients will really enjoy this. Thank you, a lot.”

Project support from the hospital’s Pediatric/Hematology Oncology Clinic came from Stuart Gold, professor of pediatrics, and Diana Wells, social worker in the UNC Comprehensive Sickle Cell program.

View more images of the troop building the house and presenting the clinic on their Instagram page.

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