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MY JOURNEY COLORING BOOK
A Coloring Book to Bring Hope and Love!

This coloring book was created with love by 17-year-old Morgan Sailer from Northern, CO. 100% of proceeds to go donating these books to children in hospitals. Morgan began her healing arts journey with River + Pearls when she was 15 years old. Two years later, she had an idea to create a coloring book with her drawings that would bring inspiration to children in hospitals. Morgan’s hope is that children and teens may experience healing through art—that coloring each picture is a creative outlet to process their emotions, focus on something positive, bring comfort to their hearts, and fill their surroundings with love.

From Morgan:
My Journey Coloring Book flows from a very deep and personal journey I have been on after losing my little 10-year-old sister from a very brief and tragic battle with Leukemia. Jordyn had a beautiful soul that was unique to her. She was funny, sweet, joyful, and humble. She was so loving and kind to those around her. I loved her caring heart that was expressed frequently throughout her day. Her attitude and actions influence me to become a light for others.

I began my journey with River + Pearls to use creativity and art to process what I was going through. All of the pages in the coloring book have been created from my own personal journey and then re-created in a format to provide a tool for other girls to process whatever they are going through, whatever it might be.

As part of my creative journey with River + Pearls I was encouraged to think about what I have experienced in life and think of how I could bring hope to others. When thinking about how I could honor Jordyn’s life I thought about all the children and even teenagers who are in hospitals going through difficult experiences. Many people brought coloring books to my little sister when she was in the hospital, but they were often too difficult to do because she felt weak and did not have the energy to complete them.

I had the idea to create a coloring book that would be both inspirational and manageable for the children. I wanted each page to have purpose. The left side of the page is blank so they have space to write out what they are feeling or create something of their own. As the children color the pictures I hope they will find a creative outlet to process their feelings, focus their attention on something positive, bring comfort to their hearts and fill their room with love. 

FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITALS
My Journey coloring book is a beautiful and powerful tool your Child Life Specialists can use with the children in your hospital to help them process and express their emotions. When a child is going through something traumatic, coloring helps divert their attention to something positive, settles their spirit and shines a light into their scary place. Coloring also fosters creativity, self-expression and imagination. It also reduces the anxiety associated with an upcoming procedure and helps provide a calming way to cope. 

So far we have donated 26,000 coloring books for children in hospitals throughout the country!

HOW YOU CAN JOIN THE JOURNEY IN SHINING FOR CHILDREN!
All donations go to covering the cost of getting the coloring books printed and shipped to as many hospitals as we can. Contact Us if you would like to provide My Journey healing art coloring books for children in hospitals in your own community and state. 

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LEAVE A COMMENT / NOTE FOR MORGAN
If you have received My Journey coloring books for the children in your hospital, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below. Please share what hospital you are with and how the Coloring Books are being used. Thank you for letting us come alongside your children and pour into their hearts!

Comments

Doug Leffin
Doug Leffin 14 May 12:39

Hi, Morgan,
Thank you so much for the wonderful coloring books that we recently received at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. What a heartfelt way to honor your sister while supporting children going through the hospital experience. We all recognize that being in the hospital can be a very emotional experience and being able to express those feelings is an important part of the coping process. Your generous donation will be a great way for children of all ages to find ways to capture their feelings in artwork and writing. You can be sure that the books will be used by our patients in our in-patient areas, especially with those having long-term stays. Thank you for the positive impact you are having with the children who need it the most! We appreciate you very much!!

Kayleigh Stark
Kayleigh Stark 3 May 15:14

Hi Morgan and friends,
My name is Kayleigh Stark and I am one of the certified child life specialists from CoxHealth Dee Ann White Women’s and Children’s hospital in Springfield, MO. We are so excited to add your wonderful “my journey coloring book” to our facility to continue promoting positive coping and therapeutic outlet of emotions! Thank you for your generosity and making a positive impact all across the country!

Jessie Hagerman
Jessie Hagerman 3 May 11:15

Hi Morgan! My name is Jessie and I’m the Manager of Child Life & Healing Arts at Baystate Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. We just ordered some of your books and we are really looking forward to sharing these with our patients throughout all of the pediatric areas of our hospital! Your drawings are amazing and are really great for so many ages, but I think our teens and tweens will love them most! Thanks for creating this book to help encourage them on their journey and to give them a way to help express what they’re going through. We’re truly grateful!

Sara Coyle
Sara Coyle 17 Apr 11:18

Hi Morgan! My name is Sara and I am the Gift-In-Kind Donor Officer at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We received a shipment of your coloring books and I shared them with our Child Life team to distribute to our patients. The books are absolutely amazing and different from anything we have ever received before so it was a fun surprise and change of pace for our Child Life Specialists and their patients. You have such a big heart and are making so many children smile and we are just so appreciative that you shared some of your books with us. Keep up the amazing work & thank you for this special gift!

Nikki Woods
Nikki Woods 5 Apr 11:20

My name is Nikki and I manage the Bob and Penni Nance Inpatient Pediatric Unit at Billings Clinic. Thank you so very much for the donation of these wonderful coloring books. We enjoy giving things to our patients that can help in their journeys with us. Each inspiring message is so genuine and heartfelt. Thank you again!

Gwen Gatzemeier
Gwen Gatzemeier 4 Apr 13:52

Greetings Morgan,

I am Gwen and I had the joy of distributing your coloring journals to several speciality pediatric departments at Billings Clinic. My goodness, we are so touched by your gift for our children. What a thoughtful gift to give to children who are on a journey. You are an incredible young lady to be thinking of others. Wishing you blessings upon blessings,

Gwen.

Becca
Becca 3 Apr 17:48

Hi Morgan! My name is Becca and I am a child life specialist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Your coloring journal has been a wonderful resource for our teens that has allowed an outlet for them to express themselves. Thank you for creating them and sharing with us!!

Alexa Curtiss
Alexa Curtiss 2 Apr 16:04

Hi Morgan!
My name is Alexa and I am one of the Certified Child Life Specialists at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. We have just received a delivery of your wonderful coloring books, and we absolutely love them! I love the designs you did and how they can be used by a variety of ages. We will be using them throughout our inpatient pediatric units, our pediatric emergency department, and our outpatient pediatric clinics. I personally look forward to using them with a lot of our teenagers that are dealing with chronic illness and pretty frequent hospitalizations. I think this is a great resource for us as child life specialists to allow our teen patients especially, a safe space to express themselves using art, words or both, and then giving them the opportunity to share any of it with us if they so choose. We are always looking for new activities for our teen population and your coloring book is a great new addition to what we have! Through your art, you will be touching the hearts of so many children and families all over the world and helping to improve their lives. We are so grateful for your donation! Keep being the awesome and inspiring person that you are, Morgan!

Jennifer
Jennifer 1 Apr 11:59

Dear Morgan, her Family & Friends,
My name is Jennifer, I work at Renown Children’s Hospital in Reno, Nevada.
Thank you to all of you in making this happen!!! Morgan, we are so excited to share your art work with our Patients. What a beautiful and special way to honor your sister. I love your mission! Thank you so much for letting us share your work. We just received this amazing donation of crayons from a local company here in Reno, so it works out perfectly to have a coloring book to go with them, it’s perfect! Sincerely, thank you!

Kristal R Neal
Kristal R Neal 29 Mar 07:15

Thank you Morgan for such a great resource for our teen patients here at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey. Our child life team will share these books with our patients in our Peds/PICU inpatient units, Peds ED and pediatric out patient clinic. We are always looking for new resources for our teenagers and your book will help to ease some fear and tension with our patients. Thank you for this great donation!

McKenzie
McKenzie 27 Mar 13:29

Hi Morgan! My name is McKenzie and I am a Child Life Specialist at Marshfield Children’s Hospital in Wisconsin. We just ordered some of your coloring books and our team could not be more excited! 1. Your drawings and these pages are so incredibly cute and so teen friendly and 2. We have been looking for some great teen-friendly art ideas for that population! These coloring books are going to be used with out Oncology, Neurology, Rehab, and Hematology patients! These will be a great expressive activity for them! Thank you for doing something so positive for patients in the hospital. Your story is incredibly moving. Thank you for this generous donation, you are impacting SO many lives!

Becky Batts, UNC Children's
Becky Batts, UNC Children's 27 Mar 09:31

Morgan – I’m the Development Services Coordinator with UNC Children’s, Office of External Affairs, which is the fundraising arm for North Carolina Children’s Hospital. I just received a call from Christina DiMari, and I’m absolutely thrilled by her generous offer of your coloring books for our patients. As well, I’m deeply touched by your story and the manner in which you are paying tribute to your sister. Please know that your coloring books will make an immediate impact, here at UNC Children’s, and, without doubt, they will become a true treasure to our patients and their families. Thank you ever so much!

Dana Thornquist
Dana Thornquist 26 Mar 12:15

Hi Morgan!
My name is Dana and I am a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois in Chicago. I am so inspired hearing your story and am so impressed with what you have created! This coloring book is simple but inspirational in a way that children and teens of all ages will enjoy. Your prompts along with the photo allows children and teens to emotionally reflect on their experiences as well. Thank you for your kind heart and for creating this book for all our kids and teens here in Chicago!

Sara Venker
Sara Venker 25 Mar 09:19

Hi Morgan!
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center juts received these journals. They are great and such a special item to give our patients. We cannot thank you enough for fulfilling this passion of yours and sharing it with children throughout the country!

Sydney
Sydney 22 Mar 14:18

I am a Child Life Specialist at Studer Family Children’s Hospital and we are so excited to begin using g your coloring boo e for therapeutiinterventions with our patients. We love the focus on different feelings individually while also allowing a spot for journaling or free expression. What a great thing you created aand we are so thankful for your donation! y

Ashley Wilson
Ashley Wilson 21 Mar 08:13

Hi Morgan, I am a Child Life Specialist and have recently learned of your My Journey coloring book. I wanted to let you know that I think it is very special and can see us using it for a variety of needs for hospitalized children as a therapuetic activity. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and for seeking ways to impact our patients’ hospital stays that are overwhelmingly stressful and tramatic—you are brightening their days!

Sinead Nimmo
Sinead Nimmo 22 Feb 14:11

Having the opportunity to engage in a normalizing activity like coloring can be so helpful for patients and their families in coping with hospitalization. Not only does coloring help to provide a way to pass time and keep engaged, it is also a familiar and comforting activity to many, which is so valuable in a place that can often be very unfamiliar, scary or overwhelming like a hospital. Thank you for providing the opportunity for our patients and families to engage with this fun book!
-Sinead Nimmo, Child Life Projects Specialist, Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Ashley Loveless
Ashley Loveless 22 Feb 07:26

Hey Morgan,

My name is Ashley Loveless. I am a Development Assistant at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston. Thank you so much for your beautiful coloring books. I know our Child Life team was very happy with them & our patients will absolutely love them.

A big heart for helping others is a true gift.

Keep doing amazing things!!

All the best,
-Ashley

Michelle
Michelle 21 Feb 09:33

Michelle at The Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center –
These coloring books are a wonderful tool of expression for our patients and silbings. Many of the images are representative of the natural beauty we are lucky enough to be surrounded by here in Alaska. The images really seem to resonate with the patients here. We also appreciate the simplicity of the prompts which allows each child to really make it their own. We are using them in a variety of ways – they are available to children in the pediatric unit, passed out in sibling coping bags, utilized in our pediatric ER and more. Thanks again for your work and dedication!

Shannon M.
Shannon M. 19 Feb 09:32

NewYork Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

Morgan, Thank you for creating such a beautiful coloring book that is perfect for the patients and their siblings at our hospital! It provides them with inspiration and strength as they journey through their hospital experience. We are thrilled River + Pearl thought of us when considering a donation in the NY area!

Ashley Kasprzak
Ashley Kasprzak 18 Feb 12:34

UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital, Longmont, Colorado.

I want to thank Morgan for thoughtfully applying her talents and lessons learned to benefit others. The coloring books she has created for children and teens are finely designed, professionally printed and highly accessible. In fact, at our small community hospital, we have shared coloring books with some adults who have needed extended care. Last week, I gave a River + Pearls bag with a coloring book and note cards to a patient in her late 20s. She is a single mom who desperately wants to be well. Her repeat stays at Longs Peak Hospital have been mentally draining, even though she processes to love our staff and the care. She became teary-eyed when she received the gift bag because she was touched by the gesture, plus she knew she fill her time in a positive way. Thank you for sharing coloring books, care and more! It’s truly unique.

Tricia T
Tricia T 18 Feb 10:08

Hi Morgan! My name is Tricia, I am a child life aid at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. I shared your beautiful story with my team of child life specialists here at the hospital and we were all so touched and so moved by it. You must be so proud of yourself for the work you have done, and rightfully so. This is such a wonderful way to honor your sister, and you are certainly helping children in similar situations. I actually just spoke with a mother today, who lost her daughter to leukemia, and she shared that her daughter was often much too weak to even be able to hold a drawing pad. It was shared with me that that was something you had noticed with your sister, and part of what sparked your idea for these coloring books, so I wanted to share with you just how much that truly does help other families who notice the same things. Our hospital utilizes coloring books for a variety of situations. Some examples include: in play rooms for nervous children who are awaiting procedures (coloring is a great distraction!).In patient rooms in order for the children to color pictures for their families, nurses, or friends they might not get to see a lot. For our creative teenagers, who need something to do but clearly aren’t going to be interested in things like ‘tickle me elmo’ toys. :) One thing that is great about the books you have designed is that they are appropriate for all ages. This comes in very handy for our teenagers and older kids, because often times we get a lot of donations of infant/toddler items and our teenagers aren’t thought of quite as much. Several of our child life specialists took a big stack full of your coloring books to pass out on their floors/units, so they have already been put to good use. Thank you so much for your donation and allowing us to share in this experience. This is a very touching project and we are so grateful be able to witness the smiles it brings. Have a wonderful day!

Lisa Peckham
Lisa Peckham 12 Feb 20:58

Thank you Morgan for your inspiring and uplifting gift to help our oncology kids. You truly understand what they are going through and your beautiful coloring journals will be so helpful. What an awesome gift to help kids through such a difficult time. With much appreciation and gratitude:)

Lisa Tweed
Lisa Tweed 12 Feb 15:54

Hi Morgan,
Thank you so much for the wonderful gift bags and coloring books you have donated to Rady Children’s Hospital! Our patients love all the gifts but especially the coloring book with the uplifting messages. Your gifts bring such joy to our patients and we are forever grateful!

Jessica Clayton, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio
Jessica Clayton, The Children's Hospital of San Antonio 12 Feb 10:04

Hi Morgan! My name is Jessica and I am the Child Life Coordinator for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. We are so thankful for your creative coloring journals! They are a great resource for our patients and families, especially our teenagers! Thank you for all your hard work and we are honored to get to partner with you!

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