Twice as nice
Published 5:18 pm Friday, March 21, 2014
Blake Wainwright is at it again.
Last year, Blake, 5, made a $425 donation to UNC Children’s Hospital. The money came from Blake and his relative and friends. This year, he’s made another contribution. The $755 donation was made last week.
In January 2012, Blake’s sister, Brynn underwent cranial reconstruction at UNC Children’s Hospital to correct her craniosynostosis. That condition is when the sutures of a newborn’s skull have closed/fused too early. Brynn was 6 months old when the cranioplasty fixed the abnormality. She was hospitalized for five days.
“Well, what he did, he has a little piggy-bank on the counter. We labeled it Children’s Hospital. Whenever he got money for his birthday or a holiday, or even a dollar or two for cleaning up his room like we asked, or just being good in day care, he had a choice of putting that either in his wallet, to save up for a toy, of put in the piggy-bank. The majority of the time, it would go toward Children’s Hospital. At the end of the year, he had a little over $100 saved up,” said Blake’s mother, Carrie Wainwright.
“Between close friends and family and church family and co-workers, the rest of the money came from contributions and donations,” she said.
“He wants to do it every year. He was excited that day (of the donation). He kept saying, ‘Are we donating yet? Are we donating yet?’ He’s all about helping at the kids. He’s really sweet.”
Carrie Wainwright said the hospital uses the money to meet needs of a specific department or buys toys, books and games for children who are patients there.
“Blake’s donation is going to go into our Promise grant fund. That’s used to find a lot of different grants that our pediatric doctors and nurses can apply for each year,” said Kelly Partner, an event coordinator at The N.C. Children’s Promise, an organization that supports and raises funds for UNC Children’s Hospital. “It’s things that range from patient-support programs like diabetes meet-up groups to specialized equipment and training materials for our doctors like our simulation mannequins and even things like recreational therapy in our therapy programs.”
Partner said Blake’s donations are appreciated.
“We’re thrilled for any donation, particularly when kids want to take up that charge and have that empathy that a lot of people don’t get until they’re much older,” Partner said. “We’re thrilled when kids get involved, families get involved — especially families like Blake’s who have been touched by the Children’s Hospital and really feel a desire to give back.”