Rachel Howard, a research technician at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, is blanketing the NC Children’s Hospital with holiday spirit one window at a time.
Howard is painting wintry scenes for children at NC Children’s Hospital. She calls her project “Paint with Purpose” and plans to decorate 72 windows in the hospital, which include all the individual children’s rooms on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors along with the pediatric playroom.
“It’s been very interactive,” Howard said. “I have enjoyed taking requests from the kids, and sometimes they too like to grab a brush and help out. The parents told me that the kids have been having fun riding toys around and pointing out different characters. One of the mothers of a girl I painted with told me, ‘I haven’t seen that smile on my daughters face in a long time.’”
Howard met with the volunteer services director and nursing managers from each floor to plan the project. She’s also getting suggestions from the children, which has resulted in princesses, superheroes and sports teams being featured on individual windows.