ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Krista Heineke and her festive helpers delivered 56 bags of holiday decorations to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital this week.
“Trees and wreaths and garland, some ornaments and decorative lights,” Heineke said. “Being in the hospital over the holidays is tough.”
She knows that all too well.
“My nephew spent 80 days in the hospital over the holidays,” Heineke says.
Krista's one-year-old nephew Greyson died in 2011. The family never forgot how holiday decorations in his room helped brighten some very dark days.
“How can we carry on his legacy?” says Heineke.
They established The Greyson Project, which now helps deliver holiday decorations to kids all over the country who are stuck in hospitals during Santa time.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital child life special Renee Savic says the Greyson Project helps kids here feel a sense of normalcy when they’d rather be home making cookies and decorating the tree.
“This will really brighten up their rooms and make it feel a little more like home,” Savic says.