CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Playroom Makeover Reveal

There’s times when young people restore your faith in humanity.

One of those times happened recently during a renovation reveal  of a small colorful room in a hospital hallway.

For a whole year, students at Lamar University in Beaumont spent time raising money for pediatric patients at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth.

The students are part of the Lamar University Dance Marathon group. Lamar University Dance Marathon is a student organization that raises funds year-round for local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

They used the nearly $5,000 raised to purchase new toys and furniture for the hospital’s Pediatric Center playroom.

The students worked all day to put the new furniture and decorations together before revealing the makeover to patients during a special re-dedication ceremony and blessing at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth patients and Associates.

“I am immensely grateful to the Lamar University Dance Marathon students. Their donation is going to help our pediatric patients and their families have a more relaxed hospital stay,” said Melissa Conley, Program Manager, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Foundation.

Lamar University Dance Marathon students arrived early to put the finishing details on the playroom, before debuting it to hospital Associates and pediatric patients. The group’s president, Cade Johnson, said he and several of his fellow students visited hospitals as children and knew firsthand how it can feel for a young child.

“We just wanted to create an area where kids would have fun and enjoy being here with their families,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, this will make the hospital a little more inviting for pediatric patients and help them be less nervous when they visit the Doctor.”

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Associates gathered to thank the students.

“This new playroom will give our pediatric patients the opportunity to relieve some of the stress that comes with being in the hospital,” Conley added.

The students raised money through peer-to-peer fundraising, giveback nights at local restaurants, and their big event, Dance Marathon. The big dance party is a fundraising event where students play games, win prizes and, of course, dance.