Superheroes sometimes wear capes. At Tanner Medical Center, the heroes were giving capes away.
Central High School National Honor Society students took their community service to the hospital where they gave the superhero capes to pediatrics patients, like 10-year-old Scott Graham, who had a broad smile when he was handed his.
“I talked to a lot of people who go to college and they do things such as a dance marathon with children in the hospital and I really liked the idea of helping different hospitals,” said Andrew Stewart, president of the National Honor Society at Central High. “These capes were made because we want to help motivate the children to get better and although the children may not feel better physically, it can help boost their spirits.”
About 50 students helped make 60 capes, along with caps, to give to the children. The capes were made from T-shirts so they are soft to the touch and comforting while boosting the kids’ spirits.
“We get a lot of holiday involvement this time of year from various schools and it is a wonderful opportunity,” said Cindy Strong, Tanner’s nurse manager of pediatrics. “These giving opportunities help children not be so frightened when they come to the hospital.”
Strong said she has seen toys and coloring books given to young patients, but never capes.
“For the community to come in and care for our own community’s children is heartwarming,” Strong said. “The caring and the compassion that comes from the community is just touching. We do have to discourage candy though because of allergies and the health conditions of patients. Stuffed animals and coloring books are great things to bring to patients. It impresses me that these children looked to help in the community because there are so many children outside the community that need help.”
Central High teacher Holly Fountain, adviser of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, said she was proud of her students for making the capes.
“To see my students step up to the plate and give back to our own community was wonderful,” she said. “This group is all juniors and seniors that have a 4.0 (GPA) or higher so I expected brilliant ideas from them. This was our first year that we have done this but I think this could be something we could continue to do every year.”