Kingdom Construction

Daily Point of Light # 3276 Aug 25, 2006

Kingdom Construction Children's Ministries is a volunteer-based, community supported ministry that has been very busy at two local hospitals: Women and Children’s Medical Center and Highland Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. The group has started two programs, "Big Hugs" and "Jacob's Wings."

Big Hugs is Kingdom Construction Children's Ministries hospital visitation program. The volunteers visit the sick, abused and neglected children at both facilities. Each child visited receives a stuffed bear and balloon from "Honey," their bear mascot. Teen volunteers visit and run errands for the children during their monthly visits. To date, more than 186 children, in addition to their parents, have benefited from visits. The goal of Big Hugs is to make a scary situation a little more tolerable for hurting children.

Jacob's Wings is an innovative and unique program that Kingdom Construction began in memory of Jacob Williams. This program comforts the hurting parents who have suffered a loss due to the death of their pre-mature or still-born baby at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The children volunteers paint trinket boxes to be used to hold permanent molds of the baby's hands and feet as a memorial to be given to the parents. In addition, the adult volunteers make hand-made gowns for the babies to be used for burial since preemie clothes are not readily available.

Both programs bring unique solutions to needs that may not be known by many; however, the families that experience their service are very grateful. The Kingdom Construction Children's Ministries has been and will continue to impact families and children in the Charleston, WV to bring comfort and solace in a time of need.