Project Sunshine aids in giving relief for families with sick children



Molly Fletchall (right) and Graylynn Oatess (left), co-founders of Project Sunshine and juniors, visit a patient at Riley Children’s Hospital. They normally bring patients special gift baskets.

Project Sunshine is a club that aids children who face medical challenges and their families. The club first started when Molly Fletchall, co-founder of Project Sunshine and junior, wanted to make a difference in the lives of local patients by being able to interact with them.
“It’s a really cool and rewarding experience. It has made me put a positive outlook on life, and it makes me realize how good I have it and that everyone should be using their gifts and talents to help others,” Fletchall said.
According to Fletchall, the club has put together over 200 craft kits that have been delivered to local hospitals and distributed to patients. Project Sunshine members have also put together special gift baskets for young patients.
“Myself and Graylynn Oatess (co-founder of Project Sunshine and junior) went to the hospital and delivered it to Gracie, and she really loved it,” Fletchall said.
According to Oatess, the club will throw a fun Christmas party for the children in a local hospital.
“It’s really exciting to be able to make a difference and help kids who are in tough positions because obviously no kid should have to go through having childhood cancer,” Oatess said.
Allyson Wells-Podell, sponsor of Project Sunshine, has also taken an active role in the club and said she is proud of all the students involved in it.
“I think it’s a great group of students who are doing great things. It’s so inspiring to be able to be with a group of students who work so hard to brighten other people’s days. I’m anxious to see what the rest of the year holds for them,” Wells-Podell said.