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Students at Davenport elementary schools create inspirational artwork that is framed by volunteers. Then high school and college students who are volunteeers deliver the gifts to patients.

Nancy Adams, Genesis Health System education outreach facilitator, and Allyson Miller, volunteer services coordinator, were inspired to create the program after attending an employee training session that promoted the “Moments of Wow” program presented by the Disney Institute

Ms. Adams and Ms. Miller approached Davenport schools with the idea, and soon after, students in grades one through six began creating art to be framed. “These young students don’t know who is receiving their artwork, but they know they are helping make someone’s day better,
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” Ms. Adams said.

“The artwork lets our patients know that someone cares about them,” she said. “Or it reminds them to keep fighting.”

Ms. Adams remembers a stroke patient struggling in the rehab program who received an inspirational message to not give up. “It helped him remember to not quit, and to try and get better every day,” she said.

The program launched in October in the oncology and rehabilitation departments at Genesis’ West Campus. Now the program has expanded to the East Campus. Funding from the Genesis Foundation covers the cost of supplies.

“The program is intended to promote a random act of kindness and to learn to pay it forward among our young students,” Ms. Adams said.

“We are the ones who get to hear the stories of joy,” she said. “I hope the program never ends. Of course, we need more volunteers to make it grow, but we are truly making a difference not only to our patients,
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but to our young children learning to give kindness through a Moment of Wow.”