Part of being a member of The New Hollywood is to focus out on charity and giving back to the community both through volunteer and also through donations; during three of our quarterly meetings TNH members vote on a charity to donate to. Radio Lollipop member Cheryl Rhodes' choice. She elicits to us why she is passionate about this organization.
By Cheryl Rhodes
Radio Lollipop is an International children's charity providing care, comfort, play and entertainment to children in hospital. Radio Lollipop gives young patients a voice and a choice during their stay. While they can’t say "no" to taking their medicine or receiving treatment, they can request their favorite songs, win prizes and hear their own voices on the radio.
I chose this charity because it’s very dear to my heart. I got the amazing opportunity to volunteer with the Radio Lollipop team at the CHOC Hospital in Orange. Children who are battling cancer are the strongest and most resilient human beings I’ve ever encountered. Radio Lollipop gives these children a chance to escape their circumstances and play, laugh and sing.
I volunteered with the organization for a year.
They can donate via their webpage http://radiolollipop.org/?page_id=201
Or they can volunteer; the closest location is in Orange County.
As a passionate group of entertainers, I believe that TNH members understand the power of entertaining and engaging people in order to give back and celebrate the beauty in humanity. I believe that this organization is aligned with all of our goals and intentions of making this world a better place and helping others in their time of need.
When my youngest sister was twelve years old, she was crossing the street when a truck going sixty miles per hour plowed into her. They resuscitated her and after undergoing extensive brain surgery, she went into a coma. It was really challenging time for my entire family, for several months it seemed like everything was bleak. For my mother, a saving grace, were those in the hospital who went beyond their scope of duties, and offered her extra care – a blanket when she had fallen asleep, a cup of coffee in the morning, etc. It was that experience that made me realize how important it is to help others when tragedy hits. I spent the next several years volunteering my time to be that person for other families. Working with Radio Lollipop, I got to see children’s faces light up when we went to entertain them, and their delight spread to their parents and siblings. That’s how these times are bearable, that’s how these families survive, because they grasp tightly to the moments that make it worth it.
Please include all the social media for the charity and include your own as well. Also include a picture you want for the charity (you can use a screenshot or google images).
Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep