Nobody likes to see children in the hospital, it just doesn’t seem fair that such a young life should have to spend time inside of one for an injury or illness. It seems, though, that job sites near children’s hospitals can bring the best out of construction workers. For example, some construction workers who were on a job across from a 2 year-old leukemia patient last year, wrote a get well message for her on a steel beam that touched her and her family. But, this year, a construction foreman in South Bend, Indiana has created a real life ‘Where’s Waldo?’ to play with the pediatric patients across the way.
Jason Haney, a foreman for JJ White Inc. in South Bend, Indiana, built and painted an 8 foot tall Waldo along with his daughter and has been hiding it around his job site since April. The idea came from personal experience, he told Good Morning America, as his daughter spent a considerable amount of time in and out of hospitals as a child. Together, their goal was to help the kids take their mind off of being in a hospital and brighten their day a little bit. The hospitals media relations specialist, Heidi Prescott, told ABC News that the kids can wait to get to the playroom to try and find Waldo each day.
The children don’t know this yet, but Haney has also been working on building several Minions to hide around the job site, as well. The project Haney is working on, which is an additional wing for the hospital, is expected to complete in March of 2017 and he’s already making plans to give the Waldo to the hospital when he’s gone.
It’s an awesome and inspirational story. It just goes to show that a little creativity and some good construction workers can touch the lives of many people in a short time. You can see a slide show of pictures of Waldo’s various hiding places, so far, in the video below shared by Good Morning America. If you want to stay updated on Haney’s Where’s Waldo game, you can follow along on the Facebook page he created, by clicking here.
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