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Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Hospitalized infants and children need special pharmaceuticals and equipment engineered to work with their small stature. From the tiniest tube or milliliter of medication to ECMO, a formidable device that acts as an artificial lung outside the body, medicines and machines that help sick kids get well are specialized - and high priced. Skilled pediatric professionals armed with evolving treatments and expensive tools work to save more than 14 million children annually from life-threatening injuries, birth defects, cancer, and numerous other ailments.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) is a nonprofit organization that raises money to benefit hospitalized kids while increasing awareness of its member hospitals. All CMN Hospitals contributions directly benefit hospitals, helping to purchase up-to-date equipment, train staff, conduct life-saving research, implement outreach programs and provide health care for children whose parents can’t afford to pay.
More than 170 children's hospitals are affiliated with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Find a Children's Miracle Network Hospital near you and learn about the work they are doing in your community.
How Key Club helps
In 2009-10 Key Club and the Kiwanis family raised almost $1.8 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For more than a decade, Key Club International has been supporting CMN Hospitals by sponsoring fundraisers and participating in service projects involving CMN Hospitals.
Project Ideas for Key Clubs
Key Club members can participate in service projects at their local children's hospital in the following ways:
Stalling for Spare Change: The more money the school raises, the longer class is stalled for that day. So classes will be delayed 1 second for every $.50 raised. If the school raises $1,000, that is 2,000 seconds (33 minutes and 33 seconds).
Music Lessons for Miracles: Kids thatcan play certain instruments offer to teach other students for a donation to the hospital.
Fashion Show/Auction: Get clothes donated by students, families, etc. (like prom dresses, or even regular clothes) and have patients from hospitals model them. Another version of this could be a “Men’s Fashion Show.”
Movies for Miracles: Host a movie night in the gym or on the football field. You can’t require tickets or donations for the movie (copyright laws), however you can ask for donations and/or sell concessions for cash. A school could also do a movie making contest where each entry pays an entrance fee and then attendees are judges.
Other Project Ideas
• Pageant for Miracle Kids.
• Cook off/eating contest.
• Making and selling trinkets like bracelets and earrings.
• Sports tournament – soccer, dodgeball, tennis, etc.
• Rubber duck race.
• 5K fun run.
• Miracle Day at a local business – restaurant, store, etc. donates a percentage of sales during a period of time to the local hospital.
• Miracle concert using local bands and/or student performers.
• Used toy sale – items donated by students and sold at a garage style sale.
• Biking for bucks – have students decorate their bikes and do a bike parade/5k. Each entry must pay entry fee and raise a specified amount for the local hospital to participate.
• Carnival for kids.
• DJ showdown – have local amateur DJs enter a showdown. Local radio stations can sponsor and attendees pay cover charge to enter plus DJ pays to play.
• Talent show – can be done as a multi-stage competition with a grand prize at the end.
• Miracle passes for pay – for every set amount raised, the student get a pass for a homework assignment or pop quiz.
• Special dress day – if the school requires a uniform, pay to wear jeans or if there isn’t a uniform policy, pay to wear pajamas or silly hats, etc.
• Ugly officer competition – who can dress the ugliest?
• Paint the city (or school) in Miracles – Create a designated line or circle, etc. and fill it with money.