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Hospital Art Project Brightens the Holidays for Young Patients

Nine year old Paige Heniff loves to draw.
Its something that helps pass the time as she recovers from ear surgery at St. Joseph's Childrens Hospital in Marshfield.
Now, she and dozens of other kids and staff members are getting to show off their artistic skills thanks to an unexpected new project.

"We kind of got talking about how boring the white wall looked. It didn't really look very friendly and warm as patients and families were walking through,so we kind of brainstormed how to make it more fun and came up with the idea of letting the kids decorate the wall for the holidays." Says St. Joseph Child Life Specialist Lindsey Welch.

The added wall space came as part of a major construction project in the children's hospital that will create a brand new lounge for patients families.
It won't be done until January, but until then the kids will have free reign to create their artistic masterpieces.

"We talked with our facilities department and with the construction crew and we decided that with some guidelines that would be a perfect way to make the wall look friendly and warm. " Welch said.

While Paige draws her snowman and Christmas tree, it takes her mind off of being in the hospital and reminds her of home.
That is exactly what those that thought up the project hoped for.

"You can see it has been something that has been overwhelmingly successful. The children absolutely love it." says Patti Shafto-Carlson of St. Joseph's.

The artwork will remain on display until January when the construction is complete.

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