Sunday, February 19, 2017

New children’s storybook about good deeds raises funds to help families pay for child medical costs

 
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) combined messages of kindness and generosity with creative story telling in its latest children’s book, the fourth in the Oliver & Hope series.

Oliver & Hope’s Good Deeds Day is a fun, inspiring read for both children and adults. In the duo’s latest adventure, Oliver and Hope meet their friends to clean up the damage left by a big storm. But as soon as they begin, a mystery appears that eventually reveals true acts of kindness 

The best part of the Oliver & Hope™ series is the reason behind it. The stories are inspired by the real-life journey of the thousands of children whom the books' proceeds support. Every purchase of Oliver & Hope's Good Deeds Day—and the other books and toys from the collection—will fund grants offered by UHCCF to help children gain access to medical-related services that are not covered, or not fully covered, by their parents' commercial health insurance plan.  

As part of the national book launch on February 16th, UHCCF made book donations to children’s hospitals and elementary schools in cities across the country.  In New York, we took it a couple steps further.  UnitedHealthcare employee volunteers joined the UHCCF team to visit the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders and Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone.  The volunteers greeted patients, read Oliver & Hope’s Good Deeds Day and played a fun memory game with them. 
 
Michael Cotnoir, UHCCF senior program director and Shawn Bortolan,UHC volunteer get ready to greet patients at Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center at NYU Langone Hospital.
 
At P.S. 111, our volunteers coordinated a “Story Time” where the fifth grade students read Oliver and Hope’s Good Deeds Day to their first grade classmates followed by a good deed in which all students created book marks for the children being treated at NYU Langone Hospital. 
 
 Since 2007, UHCCF has awarded over 13,000 grants valued at more than $35 million to children and their families across the United States. Families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child ($10,000 lifetime maximum per child), and do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.

UHCCF is actively seeking grant applications from New York families in need of financial assistance to help cover their children’s medical costs. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a life maximum of $10,000 per child. 

More information about the children’s medical grant program and the Oliver & Hope books, including fun activities and downloads, visit  UHCCF.org. 
 
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