How the Day of Hope and Healing is helping kids at Vanderbilt

Posted at 1:15 PM, Oct 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 00:05:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — NewsChannel 5 is partnering with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for the Day of Hope and Healing.

For the past 35 years, NewsChannel 5 has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network to raise money for the hospital.

Jennifer Kraus highlighted several ways the hospital provides therapy to children who are recovering from illness, surgery or other medical issues. They also provide teachers so kids don’t get behind on their school work.

How to donate to the Day of Hope & Healing Tuesday on NewsChannel 5

Tim Dilks and his therapy dog, Riley Doodle, go room to room to brighten people’s day.

“It’s a great way to be able to serve the community,” Dilks said. “It’s just awesome to be able to bring a smile to patients’ and families’ faces.”

Tonight, the city of Nashville will come together for Night Lights. Members of the community will gather on the streets below the Children’s Hospital for a special flashlight goodnight to show patients that they are not alone.

The Metro Courthouse, Adventure Science Center, Korean Veterans Bridge, Omni Hotel, Bridgestone Arena and the AT&T Building will all be lighting up in primary colors to show their support.

This year, there are three ways to donate to the Day of Hope and Healing:

TEXT: Text "5cares" to 51555.

CALL: You can call (615) 322-5437 or our toll-free number at (866) 781-8811

ONLINE: You can donate online by clicking this link