(March 21, 2021, JNS Wire)
Amid the outbreak of COVID-19 and with hospital patients more isolated than ever before this past year, Jewish non-profit Chai Lifeline has teamed up with Mixtiles, a leading global service for printed wall art, to help spruce up the rooms of hospitalized children across the U.S. and provide them comfort during an emotionally and physically trying time.
With access to hundreds of photo tiles donated by Mixtiles — whose product turns smartphone pictures into photo tiles that stick and re-stick to walls — Chai Lifeline has ensured children in health care facilities have been able to surround themselves with images of their loved ones who they cannot see in person due to ongoing visitation restrictions implemented by children’s hospitals nationwide.
Since partnering up in January, the two organizations have worked with several hospitals across the country including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida; Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York; Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore; and Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC.
As a leading international children’s health support network, Chai Lifeline has a long history of working with hospitals to provide young patients and their families with the social, emotional and financial support they need when facing life-threatening and lifelong illnesses.
“This partnership has provided an outlet of positivity for our families amid an especially trying year,” said Bracha Mandel, Program Administrator at Chai Lifeline. “For example, after more than a year of grueling chemotherapy treatments and hospital stays, Chai Lifeline presented a child at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center with a magnificent wall of photographs highlighting his most magical and happy moments with his Chai Lifeline volunteers, creating a beacon of hope and happiness for the darkest of days.”
Early into the pandemic, Mixtiles embarked on its campaign to help lift the spirits of millions of children around the U.S. experiencing an unprecedented degree of isolation in hospitals. Over the past year Mixtiles has partnered with a number of institutions throughout North America to donate thousands of photo tiles to hospitalized children, with Chai Lifeline the latest collaboration in these efforts.
“Children are naturally predisposed to crave stimulation that ignites their imagination,” said Eytan Levit, Co-Founder of Mixtiles. “We hope our wall art brightens the rooms of each child at these facilities, provides them a much-needed window to the outside world and enables them to feel closer to their loved ones.”
With COVID-19 still very much a presence in our lives, Mixtiles is continuing to expand this initiative. After making donations to several hospitals in 2020, the company plans to have Mixtiles hanging in some 3,000 hospital rooms in 2021.