Despite carrying a busy schedule as a freshman at University of Miami, Kayla Abramowitz, founder and chief kid officer of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, organized a craft drive and helped mobilize students from Suncoast, William T. Dwyer and Palm Beach Gardens high schools to help create and assemble more than 100 craft kits that were donated to the Children’s Hospital at Palms West.
When they learned that because of COVID-19 visitor restrictions, they would not be able to come into the hospital to demonstrate the crafts for the patients in the unit, the students made instructional videos to help the children and their families easily put the crafts together.
A former patient herself, Abramowitz knows first-hand that games and activities can make a difference to children spending time in the hospital. “Giving back through Kayla Cares 4 Kids to help sick children feel better is my passion,” she said. “We’re delighted to be able to donate to medical facilities such as the Children’s Hospital at Palms West that do so much for these kids when they need it most.”
Andrea Abramowitz, Kayla’s mom, delivered the items.
“This project came from the heart and is a great example of how Kayla Cares 4 Kids has pivoted to serve our community during the pandemic,” she said. “We thank all of the students who volunteered their time to make a difference.”
In addition to the craft kits, Kayla Cares 4 Kids donated 113 new books and DVDs.