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COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITIONS can mean a lifetime of costs. For children and their families who are often thrust into managing life-changing medical care, the challenges can easily overwhelm their daily lives. Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital serves as a healing haven for these children and their families as they transition from hospital to home.
Its “Care Beyond the Bedside” approach prioritizes the therapeutic power of play, a method the National Institute of Health decisively endorses and regards as an invaluable tool in an ill child’s physical recovery and emotional well-being. Ranken Jordan transforms a stressful and intimidating environment into a reassuring atmosphere of adolescent normalcy, allowing kids to be kids no matter their diagnosis.
As the parents to two young boys, Meg and Richard related to and believed in this mission and made play the focus of the grants awarded to Ranken Jordan. In addition to updating treatment rooms with uplifting murals and engaging accessories, the Foundation procured iPads and sensory-stimulating toys for patients. When Meg and Richard learned the hospital was seeking funding to build an updated, more accessible playground, they immediately recognized the opportunity to make another tangible difference in these patients’ lives.
Through a truly collaborative effort that involved patients, caregivers and family in the design process, the Margaret & Richard Riney Family Foundation and Ranken Jordan broke ground on the Margaret and Richard Riney Outdoor Playscape. The playground, designed with these persevering kids in mind, will enhance the hospital’s recreational regimens, will help facilitate some much-needed fun and will enable patients to lead fuller lives. Read more about the Outdoor Playscape here.
“The fortitude of these kids is inspiring. For as hard as they’re working at getting better, we want them to have the opportunity to just be kids. We’re thrilled to join the team helping them to have fun as they strive to get home.”
RICHARD RINEY, Founder
The Little Bit
THE ONE IN FIVE CHILDREN living in poverty in the St. Louis region are nearly five times as likely to drop out of school. The Little Bit Foundation seeks to end this needless cycle by breaking down barriers to learning, relieving everyday burdens and building up students’ self-worth.
Founded on the belief that even a little bit of support could make a big difference, Little Bit has grown alongside the students it serves, becoming a reliable resource for 40,000 kids across 42 school communities. Its “Whole Child Model” addresses each individual child’s evolving physical, intellectual and emotional needs, from preschool to high school and beyond.
This sincere invested interest spoke strongly to Meg and Richard and inspired them. Meg vividly remembers working at one of Little Bit’s school “boutiques” and watching a 10-year-old girl gleefully beaming and clicking her heels together like Dorothy as she tried on a new pair of rainbow shoes. Seeing how something so simple could bring so much joy prompted Meg to become even more involved. After multiple site visits and countless conversations with Little Bit CEO and co-founder Rosemary Hanley, Meg accepted the invitation to join its board of directors.
This hands-on leadership role has enabled the Margaret & Richard Riney Family Foundation to confidently confer unrestricted grants to the Little Bit Foundation so as to further the organization’s full array of enriching and empowering initiatives and agilely adapt to its evolving needs.
“Collaborating with Little Bit has opened doors to schools that we could not serve on our own, and everything they do complements what we’re trying to accomplish, which is overall health.”
LITTLE BIT PROGRAM PARTNER