Faith Jarvis, daughter of Dr. William Jarvis and Dr. Bennie Jarvis, made a donation to the Pediatric Department of Nash General Hospital as a part of her Project VIPP, an initiative designed by Faith Jarvis as a part of a community service project for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Jarvis is a member of Troop 48 from Red Oak.
Her donation included: 12 DVD players and 185 DVDs, a toy shelf, 500 books in English and Spanish that Jarvis designed and created, 500 pairs of children’s underwear, and 300 pairs of socks. In addition, she also redecorated the playroom.
“My mother, (Dr. Bennie Jarvis) used to leave me in the pediatric playroom. Of course, she was never far away as she made her hospital rounds,” Faith Jarvis said. “Years later, as I waited yet again for my mother to finish saving lives, I stuck my head in the playroom, remembering all the time I had spent there. But it was not as big as I remembered. A few boxes were cluttered, and the TV hooked to an ancient VCR. This happened around the time I had completed the prerequisites for my Girl Scout Gold award, allowing me to see these disparate elements in a way no one else did, or possibly could, and come up with a unique solution to a problem.”
After surveying the nurses and pediatricians about educational information they felt patients and parents needed to know, Faith Jarvis recruited her drama friends and a volunteer video editor to create the educational video “Mighty Molly Goes to the Hospital.” The video can be viewed on You Tube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1VjulA_GiM. The video is also available through the Nash General Hospital Patient Education channel.
To raise money for the DVD players, Faith Jarvis held a formal tea, soliciting help from her friends, who provided entertainment and waited tables. The event was so successful, Jarvis was able to use the additional funds to create comic books in English and Spanish about the Mighty Molly character and complement the books with crayons and a sticker sheet. More than 500 copies were completed and delivered to Nash General Hospital.
Faith Jarvis wants the VIPP program to continue; she created a nonprofit organization called The Faith Project to raise money for more books. Currently, Jarvis has expanded this VIPP program to three hospitals and plans to expand to others as well. In order to raise funds for the expansion, she hopes to apply for grants and sell the Mighty Molly pieces as an e-book on Amazon. Donations to Project VIPP can be sent to Faith Jarvis, 1833 Green Meadow Lane, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.