The Living Room, a nonprofit organization, surprised seven children at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with new decor this week.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI is a non-profit organization Once in the room surprised seven children in Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital with new decor this week.

Despite the mask, you can see the joy on Shakelia Del Andino’s face as she walks into her five-month-old baby’s newly furnished room at the hospital.

“We’ve been here for a while and it’s really nice,” Del Andino said.

During pregnancy, my son was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, when the fetal organs migrate into the chest.

He has been in the hospital since he was born in September.

“He was not expected here. So he’s doing really well,” Del Andino said.

A partnership was formed between the hospital and Once Upon A Room, and seven long-standing patients were selected for the makeovers.

“We just thought it would be really helpful for these families in particular to have a little bit of a bright spot, let’s say some generosity and personalization of their space, which is very important for our patients and families in this unit,” she said. Sarah Steenland. , an outreach specialist at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, said.

This is the first time the organization has done a space makeover in Grand Rapids.

The group worked with the nurses to choose a personal theme for each child.

“In each room, we’ve had custom-made name tags and tote bags, and special parent mugs with their names on them, we want it to really not be a one-size-fits-all experience,” Stephanie Trexler of Once Upon a Room said.

The goal is to make the rooms feel more like home.

“They were very kind and made this trip special for him,” Del Andino said.

Mission accomplished for these very deserving patients and their families.

If you are interested in making a donation to Once Upon a Room, click here here. To sponsor a room, click here.

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