Jen’s Kids is an outreach program of the Riverside Arts Center that provides therapeutic art activities for children under hospital care. Currently, one facilitator visits twice a week with patients at the Ronald McDonald Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. Patients too sick to attend the program are visited at bedside if possible. At a minimum, we try to leave a small gift bag that contains a project that they can complete on their own when they’re feeling better.

We also have a facilitator who visits three times a week with patients at Loyola’s Outpatient Oncology Clinic.

"Thank you for making me feel as special as the snowflakes we made during craft time."
- quote from patient, age 5

Jen’s Kids is funded by private donations. Administrative costs are minimal so that virtually all of the money donated is spent on the facilitators and art supplies. Your donation will help us to continue and to expand this program.

For more information, please contact info@jenskids.org or the Riverside Arts Center.

Jen’s Kids was established in loving memory of Jennifer Lynn Allen, June 1970-June 1997

“You have to be a friend to have a friend. It takes a special kind of magic that comes from within each and every one of us.” – Jennifer Lynn Allen