Studio Movie Grill has had an ongoing relationship with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and last month, that relationship became even more personal to SMG employees when they hand delivered toys from the Show You Care Bear drive directly to children in the hospital.
Following that outreach event, SMG Holcomb manager, Wayne Simpson recounts an initiative taken on by some staff members eager to keep giving to their community:
“From the contact we made delivering the Teddy Bears last month we were invited back to host a movie day for the young patients.
One of our team members, Garrett Ivie, who was very creative, had made an Iron Man costume which he wore during our premier. Birdie and I asked him to come today, as well as our Supervisor Karen Lopez, Server Sharon Orina to host the movie day for the kids.
There were so many stories today from patients we encountered at the hospital. One young boy about 5 told Iron Man that he was his biggest fan and gave Garrett a big hug. We encountered another group in the cafeteria having a cake. Thinking it was their birthday, I brought our Iron Man over to their table.
After getting their pictures taken with Iron Man, one of them asked us to wait and then ran around the corner to the chapel coming back with his 30-40 year old son. The man introduced us to his son, saying that this [son] was his Iron Man.
After posing with Garrett, the son told us how his son had lost his battle with cancer that morning and how Garrett had cheered him by being there. So many of the kids ran up to meet him today. It was amazing to put a smile on so many of those young kids for what has to be a difficult time in their lives.
I’m a very proud of our team and was humbled to have the privilege of being there as well.
We have made a commitment from our team here at Holcomb to host their movie day once a month. From our end we are providing little gift baskets for the kids and simply being present to them to greet them and give them the baskets after the movie. We may do some other costumed characters in the future as it was such a positive experience for the children.”