March 27, 1998

Children’s Hospital gears up for annual Paper Sale fund-raiser

Children's Hospital gears up for annual Paper Sale fund-raiser

Volunteers will spread stories of "Everyday Miracles" on Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, during the 74th Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Paper Sale.

The tabloid, produced by The Tennessean and donated to VCH, will be offered in exchange for a donation. Donations go directly to a special, interest-bearing account called the Children's Fund, and money raised through the sale is used entirely for the benefit of VCH patients.

Called "Everyday Miracles," the tabloid includes feature stories about three children who have been helped by VCH: asthma patient Keanthony Hockett, trauma patient Kristie McGuire, and Daniel Meyer, who was born last year after undergoing pioneering surgery while still in his mother's womb. The tabloid also includes an article about the VCH school program.

The solicitation drive will take place throughout Nashville and 30 surrounding counties. In Nashville, volunteers will be at area H.G. Hill's and Kroger stores, while volunteers in other Midstate counties will distribute the tabloid at retail stores and major intersections.

Corporate sponsor NationsBank has raised funds for the sale through bank and business solicitations.

Previously known as the Palm Sunday Paper Sale, the solicitation was begun in 1924 by the Junior League of Nashville to fund the Home of Crippled Children. When the Home moved to VCH in 1971, the sale became a project of the Friends of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

The name was changed this year to better reflect the identity and purpose of the fund-raiser and to remove any unintended religious implications.