Event featured two friendly dogs, free books and teddy bears, and a painted rock art project


The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Loma Linda Guild hosted its annual Fall into Reading event on Monday, Sept. 18, for the patients of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital (LLUCH) and members of their family.

Guild members joined hospital employees and volunteers in helping young patients and their siblings create colorful paintings on rocks. Some images featured inspirational reminders to stay strong, others displayed superheroes or colorful animals.

Each patient got to select two gifts to take home, one from a library of colorful books and another from a collection of huggable teddy bears. As the children painted, two friendly therapy dogs wended their way through the room, offering affection and encouragement.

Lynn Sleeth, president of the guild, said the purpose of Fall into Reading and similar events the organization hosts throughout the year is to give patients a timeout from illness and hospitalization. “For me, one of the great takeaways of the event was the looks on the children’s faces as they painted the stones. They were so focused on what they were doing. I loved it.”


About Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital - LLUCH

The Children’s Hospital is the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the vast geographic region of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono counties. With 348 beds dedicated just for kids, one of the largest Neonatal Intensive Care Units in the country and more than 100,000 children who come each year, LLUCH is a major pediatric teaching facility, known worldwide as the pioneer of neonatal heart transplantation. LLUCH is part of Loma Linda University Health – the umbrella organization encompassing Loma Linda University’s eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center’s six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located across the Inland Empire in Southern California. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, Loma Linda University Health is a faith-based health system with a mission “to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ.”

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