WILX Make an Impact for Sparrow Children’s Center Exceeds Goal!

May is for Miracles
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Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 10:26 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 1:52 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - UPDATE: WILX partnered with Sparrow’s May is for Miracles the week of May 2nd - May 6th to kick off the month long fundraising event for University of Michigan Health at Sparrow’s Children Center. For that first week of May, WILX shared the stories of five local special miracle children and their amazing stories during their time at Sparrow Hospital.

For the entire week, donations were collected online and the week long event wrapped up on that Friday with the very successful NEWS 10 Phone Bank during all News 10 newscasts and WILX’s Lifestyle show, Studio 10. Many volunteers answered phones and took donations from generous viewers that will help support and benefit sick and injured children who come through the doors at Sparrow. These generous gifts help build and strengthen the programs and facilities, while assisting in purchasing critical life-saving equipment. During the phone bank, WILX employees donated a generous $3,500 that was used as a matching challenge to viewers to purchase a feeding pump for babies in the Sparrow RNICU, which helps with the feeding of 600 infants annually. This on-air challenge raised enough funds to purchase a second feeding pump! In total the WILX News 10 Phone Bank surpassed it’s goal, bringing in $20,861 in generous viewer donations and a total of $85,861 was raised ($65,000 in sponsorship dollars) during the entire week for University of Michigan Health at Sparrow’s Children’s Center!

VP of Sparrow Foundation, Volunteer Services, Health & Wellness, Michelle Reynaert said, “May is for Miracles celebrates the remarkable stories of the children we care for every day, from injury to illness, diagnosis to treatment and beyond. We’re grateful to WILX , our steadfast partner for more than 34 years, and to our community for helping continue to elevate the facilities, technology, programs and resources that Sparrow provides for the mid-Michigan region.”

Thanks Mid-Michigan for helping to MAKE AN IMPACT! To view the Miracle Children’s stories click HERE. To donate to University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center, click HERE.


April 5, 2022 - For the week of May 2nd through May 6th, WILX is honored to be sharing the stories of five special miracle children and their amazing stories, like Brooke, Sparrow’s 2022 Miracle Child. Brooke is being treated at University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center - a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital since 1988.

Because of generous community members, throughout the past 34 years Sparrow Hospital has succeeded in raising more than 22 million dollars to help the 54,000 children each year struggling with illness and injury who visit Sparrow.

All week long, you can make a donation to University of Michigan Health at Sparrow Children’s Center via this link: www.Sparrow.org/Miracles. Tune in each day to the WILX newscasts to learn about a different Miracle Child and how you can donate. Friday, WILX will be hosting the News 10 Phone Bank with volunteers answering your questions and taking donations for our Make an Impact campaign, supporting Sparrow’s May is for Miracles.

Sparrow is now in the third year of a joint venture with the nationally-ranked Michigan Medicine C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, with a deliberate focus on keeping patient care close to home for families in the mid-Michigan region. The relationship is designed to strengthen existing clinical services and create additional pediatric specialty service availability within the communities that Sparrow serves. In addition, this collaboration will significantly enhance the patient experience and lead to even more coordinated care for pediatric patients from across the region.

All donations made to Sparrow Children’s Center benefit the sick and injured children who come through the doors. These generous gifts help build and strengthen the programs and facilities that give our young patients the best care possible right here, where we live, work and play.

Sparrow’s May is for Miracles is sponsored by MSU Federal Credit Union, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, Dowding Industries, Tommy’s Express Car Wash and Tripp’s Collision. You can hear the stories of the Miracle Children HERE.

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