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Non-profit raises spirits and funds at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children

An activity room at A.I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington was transformed into an art studio Thursday as young patients created drawings that ranged in theme from rainbows to dinosaurs.

The art party, hosted by the non-profit group Kidz b Kidz, was designed to give sick kids a chance to escape, but the group’s co-founder Jan Weinshanker says it also gave them a mission.

“We let these kids draw, we take their drawings, and we put it on to cookies, the cookies will turn around and be sold in the cafeteria,” said Weinshanker. “The money from the sale of the cookies will come back to the hospital and the kids feel like they’re doing something, they’re out of their environment and for a moment in time they’re lifted up.”

After their illustrations were scanned onto the sugary treats, kids got a chance to take a bite out their creations and listen to live music from the lead singer of the rock band, Boston. The event was sponsored by A.I duPont’s Child Life Program, which helps patients and their families cope with medical treatment.

Kidz b Kidz has hosted art events at pediatric hospitals for several years. Weinshaker says the money raised at Thursday’S event will remain at A.I duPont.