Children and families from Bolivia, Brazil, Grand Bahama, Republic of Georgia, Ohio and surrounding areas of Florida participated in an afternoon of art activities at the Ronald McDonald House near All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. 

Kellie Wilson-AAFH Volunteer and friend of the Alvin family accompanied George and Yoli Alvin – founders of Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope to host art activities where the children and their family members could have fun drawing with oil pastels, scrapbooking, and stenciling.

Kellie met Alex-a 5-year-old and his grandma from the Republic of Georgia.  While Alex’s parents were with his 2-week-old baby brother being treated at All Children’s Hospital, Kellie was able to make Alex feel better and enjoy a variety of art activities. 

Pablo - an 8-year-old and his mom-Elizabeth (Ely) from Bolivia, were excited for the opportunity to draw and color with us. 

A young 16-year-old girl- DaShanya and her brother-Darrol a 12-year-old from Grand Bahama were smiling and very happy doing their art.  DaShanya expressed that “this is the most fun I’ve had while being at the Ronald McDonald house”!

Joao Pedro a 5-year-old and his mom-Claudia from Sao Paulo, Brazil were happy be a part of this art event.  Claudia drew a “Tree of Hope” and gave her finished artwork as a gift to the AAFH.  Claudia said to Yoli, “it was a pleasure to meet you and for doing what you do for our children and us”.

It is always a beautiful experience to watch the happiness our activities bring to the young patients and their families.  Kellie and Yoli encouraged and praised the efforts of the artists while everyone enjoyed themselves and all the children received their own Alyssa Starter Art Kit.

Special thanks to the RMH East staff for allowing us to hold another Art event and accepting a donation of Alyssa Starter Art Kits for all to enjoy during their stay at RMH East.  We also delivered Alyssa Starter Art Kits to Teresa - Child Life staff from All Children's Hospital Johns. Hopkins