Sometimes it’s just the little things in life that put the biggest smiles on our faces, like a quick game of Where’s Waldo. But one construction worker is taking it to the next level to bring joy to hospital-bound children next door.
Jason Haney, a 41-year-old construction foreman, made a life-size cutout of Where’s Waldo and hides it around the site in a different spot every day for the sick children at Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Indiana to find.
“It’s just for the kids to get their minds off of things,” Haney said. “I just wanted them to have fun.”
But it’s not just the kids and hospital staff who are getting a kick out of finding the elusive character, it’s become so popular that Haney created a Facebook group for others to join in on the fun.
Haney’s inspiration for the idea came from a coworker who thought of it after Haney and a few others on the team built a snowman donning a hardhat and vest that the patients and staff adored. He then placed a blow-up snowman and SpongeBob SquarePants on the site to keep the smiles coming.
“The other day a girl who is about 10 years old was getting chemo, and you could just see her eyes light up when she met Jason,” said Heidi Prescott, a spokeswoman for the hospital. “You would’ve thought he was the biggest rock star. What Jason is doing is far and above what any construction worker would normally do.”
Though the 8-foot tall, 50 to 60-pound cutout isn’t the easiest to maneuver, Haney said it’s definitely worth it for the kids.
“I can’t believe a simple piece of wood can bring so much happiness,” he said.
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