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Zone to Go Cart Brings Activities to Kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH) has a great state-of-the-art play area that provides an escape for patients and their families from daily life in the hospital. However, some patients aren’t able to visit the Zone due to suppressed immune systems that require time in isolation. After discussing the need with PCH, First Things First provided funding for a Zone to Go cart that brings many of the favorite activities of the Zone right to the patients’ rooms including games on a large touch screen computer, arts & crafts, science experiments, and more. Best of all, the patients receive one-on-one attention to build relationships with hospital staff or volunteers. In May, Kurt and Brenda visited the hospital to dedicate the cart and experience all of its features firsthand as they enjoyed play time with several patients.
Mother’s Day Surprise for Single Mom and Boys
Sandra is expecting to have the “best Mother’s Day ever” this year after receiving the surprise of a lifetime walking into her home purchased with the help of Habitat for Humanity of Central AZ. Squeals of delight could be heard from 7-year old twin boys Bobby and Roman as they commented on everything they saw as they toured their home with Kurt and Brenda, along with their mom and 14 year old brother Raheem. “A new TV with something playing!” “We have couches!” “The kitchen is full of food including Oreos!” “They got us everything!” The boys didn’t miss a thing as they absorbed their surroundings provided by a Homes for the Holidays team effort from Aaron’s, U-Haul, R&S Mattress and First Things First. A teary-eyed Sandra, overwhelmed by her fully furnished home, quietly summed it up by saying, “I have no words. It’s incredible. I could have never done this on my own.” To watch a news story covering the event, click here.
Since 2006 First Things First has been hosting families from wish granting organizations like Make A Wish and Dream Factory for a week-long trip to Orlando hosted by Kurt, Brenda and their seven dwarfs creating an extended “Disney Family.” And like all families, reunions are fun times to reconnect, reflect and reminisce. Families from the Southwest region representing 10 years of trips to Florida joined the Warner family for a pool party in Scottsdale to do just that with lunch provided by Carrabbas Italian Grill and frozen treats from Subzero Ice Cream. More photos can be viewed on Kurt’s Facebook page here.
Treasure House, a supported residential community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the latest philanthropic endeavor of Kurt and Brenda Warner. Visit treasurehouse.org to learn more about this new 501(c)(3) charity.