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Desert Guild benefits patients of LLU Children’s Hospital

The hats make the outfit for members of the Desert chapter of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild during a recent event.
The hats make the outfit for members of the Desert chapter of the Big Hearts for Little Hearts Guild during a recent event. The Desert chapter—also know as the Desert Guild—was founded in 2002 by a group of compassionate Coachella Valley women who banded together to support the care of children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. 
The Big Hearts for Little Hearts Desert Guild was founded by a group of compassionate Coachella Valley women in 2002. 

The mission of the Guild is to serve their community and its children through action and leadership emphasizing children’s health care needs. The Guild is committed to supporting the children at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital by developing projects that address the critical need of hospitalized children and their families. Since its inception, the Guild has donated funds totaling $305,000 to purchase equipment, fund renovations, and sponsor activities within the Hospital.

Each year they host events to raise hospital awareness, increase the number of supporters, and raise funds to benefit the children. Their “Cooking Demonstration Series” has drawn much support and collaboration with many community restaurants. Area restaurants graciously host a cooking demonstration where the local chef demonstrates how to make the delicious meal that is then served to each attendee. The meals have been fabulous, the chefs a delight, and support for the Guild outstanding.

Another annual event is the boutique sale and luncheon. At this fabulous event, vendors set up booths and sell their merchandise, from jackets to jewelry to children’s clothing. The attendees enjoy shopping and at the end of the day the vendors donate 20 percent of their proceeds to the Hospital. After shopping, the attendees enjoy a fine luncheon and get the chance to hear from a medical professional from the Hospital. This year’s speaker was Victor Bannis, respiratory therapist on the pediatric intensive care transport team.  Mr. Bannis shared a few stories of children who have been treated at Loma Linda and their successes.  He also showed pictures of the equipment and renovation projects the Guild has funded for the pediatric intensive care unit, and shared how this equipment and the renovations have helped so many children. 

The Desert Guild is a group of ladies who share their big hearts with the little hearts of the patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. 

“The Hospital is grateful for the work of the Desert Guild, which raises awareness about the impact that our Hospital is making in their community, the Coachella Valley. They have increased their number of friends and supporters and continue to be an outstanding champion for the children who are treated here at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital each and every day,” according to Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital administrator.

By Mindy Morell

TODAY news for Thursday, March 31, 2008