There are many organizations that support children during hospitalization. One of my personal favorites is Discovery Arts. Focused in Southern California, this group provides creative arts programs right in hospital playrooms. They bring in specially trained volunteers and staff to assist the Child Life Specialists in providing arts programs- both visual and performing arts. The children make and wear costumes, and are provided with the opportunity to create by singing, dancing, and pretending. For children who are too ill or in isolation due to infection control, they provide boxes full of enough beautiful art supplies to keep patients happily entertained at their bedside for hours and hours! Discovery Arts days at the hospital are filled with laughter and joy! It’s a wonderful program- I hope that someday they are able to provide their programs at hospitals all over the U.S.