Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.

Project Sunshine has a dynamic and very dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – things like recreational activities (arts), educational support (tutoring and mentoring) and social services (medical and nutritional counseling) – to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya.

Volunteers selflessly donate their time to create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead.

Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment. Volunteers assemble Creative Arts & Crafts activity packages, create Sunny Gram cards (unique greeting cards that send sunshine and cheer into the hospital setting), organize toy and book drives and sew Surgi Dolls {these dolls help children prepare for surgery and other medical procedures) and other materials for children facing medical challenges. Upon completion, these items are sent to local pediatric medical facilities that have requested them for their young patients.

In addition, Project Sunshine provides hospitals and medical facilities with periodic shipments of toys, books, child–friendly Band–Aids, hand–knit caps and blankets, baby items and more.