Institutional Support

The second focus of the Fund is to work with area institutions such as Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, Children's Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga, TN and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN to recognize and meet non-medical needs. Over the years the Fund was able to purchase the following items for area hospitals:

  • Fully fund the Forrest Sibling Playroom at Le Bonheur with toys and furniture
  • Monthly dinners for family and friends of patients who are admitted at Le Bonheur
  • Monthly snack bags, t-shirts, and necessity bags 
  • 3 Ring Resource Binders for moms/caregivers of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Medical-grade recliner for the Mothers Nursing Room
  • Medical wagon for transportation of children
  • Hands-free pumping bras for nursing mothers
  • Boppys for Neonatal Intensive Care babies
  • Kodak digital camera with printing dock
  • Thousands of tote bags, notebooks, and Lovies for newly admitted babies
  • Thousands of coolers for nursing mothers to transport their breastmilk home safely
  • Microwave for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Swing, high chairs, bouncy seats, and much more

The Fund also provides items off the wish lists of Units and Floors in the hospital such as:

  • Crib mobiles
  • CD players
  • DVD players
  • CDs
  • Books
  • Blankets
  • Socks
  • Hats
  • Teethers
  • Crib mirrors
  • Sound machines
  • Night lights
  • Bubbles
  • Stuffed animals
  • Goodies and treats for the Le Bonheur staff
  • Exersaucers
  • Bouncers
  • Swings

Forrest Sibling Playroom

In August of 2011, the Forrest Sibling Playroom opened.  This room was fully funded and developed by the Forrest Spence Fund.  Parents are often hindered from spending quality time with their children who are admitted to the hospital because of their other children. A parent of multiple children is already taxed and childcare is not usually possible as often as would be necessary. The Forrest Sibling Playroom provides a safe and interesting place for siblings of all ages to play while parents spend precious time with their child in the hospital.