140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Friday, May 25, 2012

WSU Gardeners Help Shriner Kids

Shriners Hospital hopes new garden will grow stronger spirit in their patients

by Danielle Grant & KREM.COM
Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:54 AM
SPOKANE-- Volunteers are brightening the lives of kids at the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, and starting Thursday a local construction company will begin sprucing up the place.
The hospital wanted to start this project for quite some time. Now, with some helping hands it will become a reality.
FLSmidth Engineering dedicated dozens of hours to design a raised garden behind the hospital. The wheelchair-accessible garden beds and raised planters are specifically for the benefit of patients and their families.
Many of the patients stay at the Shriners Hospital for months. They will not only have the chance to plant in the garden, but harvest it, as well.
In one week, the Master Gardeners of WSU will start planting. Volunteers say this is a way they can use their talents to give back to the kids.
“Engineers try to make the world better, and we do it by designing and building things. This was an opportunity to use skills I don’t always get to use at work.” Craig Cordill, an FLSmidth Engineer said.
The hospital staff hopes the garden will be a refreshing kind of therapy for the children.
“It’s a way for the staff and families to interact outside of a medical setting. They’re outside of the hospital, and it builds relationships,” Teresa Kafentzix, Shriners Hospital Nutrition Services Director said.
All the supplies have been donated to make this project happen.

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