Bags for Bags: Something to Smile About
What does a balloon animal frog, a cup of lemonade, and a flying bean bag have to do with changing lives? Well, everything!
“My first reaction was disbelief and emotional because of the generosity. Jaxen absolutely loved his bag. We took it with us to every chemo session and I felt more prepared having different options to help us get through the hard sessions. The tablet was an absolute game changer for us with accessing his port. It made it so much less traumatic for him! The bag absolutely helped him through his journey and we were so incredibly grateful for it.”
– Jamie, Jaxen’s mom
Bags of Fun Omaha began its journey in September 2019. Powered by the wish of a 6 year-old girl, Gabby Krause, we set off on a mission to provide every child in the Omaha area battling a life-threatening illness the POWER OF PLAY. Laughter, hope, relief, and a little sense of normalcy during a time that seems anything but normal. We delivered over 120 Bags of Fun in our first year of operation! We have partnered with Fat Brain Toys, a local toy store to provide the core educational, developmentally appropriate, and engaging toys to fill the bags. We work alongside Nebraska Medicine child life specialists, staff at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center as well as non-profit organizations like Angels Among Us and Heart Heroes to provide these kids with bags of toys and activities individually crafted for each child. We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support from the Omaha community to make this all possible.
Bags Given Across the Country
*Omaha, Nebraska coming soon...
felt that the Bag of Fun helped parents feel less isolated because others are thinking of them and their child
agreed that playing with their child reinforced that he/she is a child first, not just a patient.
agreed that engaging in play with their child provided a distraction for the parent as a caregiver from the stress of the illness.
of participants believed that playing with items in the Bag helped their child cope and maintain some normalcy during treatments.