SEND A VIRTUAL HANDSHAKE, HELP A CHILD IN NEED
Kids in the hospital need our help now more than ever.
As hospitals close their playrooms, impose visitor limitations, and shift resources toward fighting this pandemic, pediatric patients will be more secluded, less supported, and more scared than ever before.
“Physical distance should not mean social isolation.” —Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Staff Neurosurgeon, Emory Clinic; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
Children and families in the hospital struggle with isolation every day. Today, every one of us is feeling that same overwhelming impact. “Social distancing” is requiring us to create new social norms. We have to replace our traditional handshake, a way we’ve greeted each other for centuries. For this reason, we’ve created a fun way to stay connected: the VIRTUAL HANDSHAKE.
This challenge was born to help us keep our promise to deliver joy, hope, resilience, and healing. Every dollar raised, with every virtual handshake, fist bump, and elbow touch helps pediatric patients feel connected and stay positive during these uncertain times.
Our work is vital as we listen and adapt to the unique needs of hospitals. They need us. And we need YOU now more than ever.
THE VIRTUAL HANDSHAKE CHALLENGE
Like the fingers on your hand, we have 5 simple ways for you to get all hands-on deck.
- DECIDE what greeting you want to send!
- CREATE a personal video with your own Fist Bump, High Five, Namaste, Handshake, Hang 10, or any other hand greeting of your choice, stating you are doing the Virtual Handshake Challenge to support enCourage Kids Foundation.
- SHARE on your social media platforms, shouting out 5 or more people and challenging them to do the same.
- ADD the hashtags #EKFVirtualHandshake and #enCourageKidsHSC and tag enCourage Kids.
- MAKE a donation on this site.
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SHARE YOUR VIDEOS WITH US
We would love to see your #EKFVirtualHandshake, so please share it with us on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, or however you would like. We look forward to seeing the fun and laughs that come from this challenge aimed at making hospitals a better place to get better for pediatric patients nationwide.
ABOUT ENCOURAGE KIDS FOUNDATION
For 35 years, enCourage Kids Foundation has helped humanize healthcare for children and their families by resourcing impact-driven pediatric programs and supporting the Child Life Community. Led by President & CEO, Michele Hall-Duncan and serving nearly one million children annually, enCourage Kids is focused on making hospitals a better place to get better. We hear the concerns of parents of children in the hospital. We understand the fears and challenges that they experience. We listen to the needs of hospitals and help them promote well-being and healing for children and families. Through our programs and support of 286 pediatric facilities across the country, children and families can have a brighter, more positive hospital experience.
If you would like to learn more about enCourage Kids Foundation, please click here.
In response to social distancing, we encourage you to follow all guidelines and health advisories issued by the CDC.
“The Virtual Handshake Challenge”™ created by the N2U Creative Marketing Group/Marc Brogdon © 2020