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Carolinas Foundation Commits $600,000 to Children's Hospital Over 2 Years
GREENVILLE, S.C. (12/5/13)--Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System unveiled a new interactive, child-friendly space for patients and families Tuesday--the product of $300,000 gift from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation.
 
Click to view larger image A $300,000 gift from Carolinas Credit Union Foundation provided a new interactive, child-friendly space at Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System. The 1,900-square-foot lobby has been transformed into an imaginary underwater adventure, which includes a saltwater fish tank. (Photo provided by Carolinas Credit Union Foundation)
The foundation, which represents 169 credit unions in North and South Carolina, set a goal of a two-phased $600,000 Children's Hospital Project as part of the Leave Behind Project. That initiative was coordinated by the Credit Union National Association in conjunction with the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The first phase of the project was a $300,000 rooftop garden area renovation at Levine Children's Hospital.
 
"Giving back is a core value of credit unions and aligns with our collective philosophy of people helping people," said foundation President/CEO John McGrail. "I am proud of the credit unions in North and South Carolina for coming together to transform this space into something warm and inviting for patients and families to enjoy during their hospital stay."
 
Children's Hospital of Greenville Hospital Systems is a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Credit Unions for Kids, a nonprofit collaboration of credit unions, chapters, leagues/associations and business partners nationwide, raises funds for 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
 
Credit unions are the third-largest sponsor of the hospitals, and 100% of every dollar donated goes to the credit union's local CMN Hospital to support research and training, purchase equipment or pay for uncompensated care for children.
 
The 1,900-square-foot lobby has been transformed into an imaginary underwater adventure with 200 brightly painted metal fish hanging from the ceiling. An interactive submarine wall features interactive games like bubble pop, music notes, dress up and painting. It also includes three mirrored windows that allow children to see their reflection while playing games and digitally dress themselves in underwater-themed elements.
 
The new space also includes an existing saltwater fish tank, child- and adult-sized furniture, and charging stations for electronic devices.
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