Joyful Life library

The Joyful Life Library believes that reading a favorite story to a child is an act of love that's comforting to the child and the caregiver alike, and is especially important when life has been turned upside down because of a little one's hospitalization. 

Monday, October 1, 2012

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Awesome Foundation Oahu is proud to announce that Carly Ragragola who brought The Joyful Life Library to Oahu is our October winner!

The Joyful Life Library Project currently sponsors 8 Pediatric Intensive Care Units across the country. Kapiolani Children's Hospital is the most recent addition. The Library Project provides new books specifically to children in pediatric intensive care units.

The Joyful Life Library believes that reading a favorite story to a child is an act of love that's comforting to the child and the caregiver alike, and is especially important when life has been turned upside down because of a little one's hospitalization. The Joyful Life Library members know the importance of being able to sit and read a book to your child, just like you would do at home, regardless of all the tubes and beeping machines.

Individuals are able to purchase books from their Amazon wishlist at joyfullifelibrary.com and the books will be shipped directly to the hospital. They include both hard and soft cover books on their wish lists, as a way to cover the needs of all patients and families. Hard cover books are used in waiting areas, play rooms, and shared amongst patients by being brought to individual bedsides for families to enjoy with their child. Soft cover books are used to bring comfort to children that cannot be exposed to germs carried by shared books. These less expensive books are given to those patients to keep as a special bedtime story of their own.

100% of the grant money will be used to purchase books!  Carly pointed out that the funds will also allow her to purchase hard to find multicultural books for the many different ethnicities that make up the island of Oahu.

Carly was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. In 2010, her son was born with a heart defect. His first surgery was in San Diego and his 2nd surgery at Kapiolani Children's Hospital. Through blogging, she met Heather Hamilton, the founder of The Joyful Life Library. In 2007, Heather’s son, Samuel, passed away from a devastating form of bacterial meningitis when he was six weeks old. In the beginning of 2012, Carly worked with Heather and hospital staff to open The Joyful Life Library here at Kapiolani.

Congratulations to Carly Ragragola and The Joyful Life Library!!!!