A "Healing" Room

By Sam Gaddes

November 13, 2011 Updated Nov 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A 5 year old gets the surprise of his life, a new room to heal.

Matthew Craig and his family are enjoying a revamped living room in Endwell.

"A Room To Heal" gathered volunteers to transform the family's living room into a calm, peaceful and clutter-free space for Matthew to receive therapies, encourage independent play and to get adapted to his new wheelchair.

Matthew has Hypoplastic left heart syndrome and cerebral palsy.

The room has space where he can play independently and get adapted to his new wheelchair.

"It's emotional, I mean when we had the reveal I was crying. They didn't do a whole lot of saying what they were going to do, its suppose to be a surprise," said Robert and Martha Craig, Matthew's parents.

"We really felt that they could benefit from A Room To Heal, just really creating an environment where Matthew could have his therapy sessions and become more independent and engage in creative play," said Linda Salomons, Co-Founder, A Room To Heal.

In addition, Merrie Warner of Merrie's Organizing Mania organized the Craig's living room in order to free up space and remove items the family infrequently uses.

The mission of A Room to Heal is to serve children affected by serious medical conditions that will physically and emotionally benefit from a healing environment in their home. We serve those families in the Southern Tier of New York that lack resources to create this kind of environment for their child.

The local organization, with the help of over 200 volunteers, has provided healing environments in the homes of 40 children. It has also created community healing spaces at Wilson and Lourdes Hospitals and The Family & Children's Society.

The Board of Directors of A Room to Heal will celebrating another successful year at their annual Holiday Fundraising Luncheon, an occasion “to celebrate children this Holiday Season” on Friday, December 2, 2011.

It's at 12 P.M. at the Holiday Inn Arena, 28 Hawley Street in Binghamton.

The event will include a presentation by board members of A Room to Heal, words from room recipients and their families, a video showcasing the work of volunteers, and a silent auction of the birdhouse “nests that heal” centerpieces created by local artists.

The luncheon is open to the public with a suggested minimum donation of $50 per person.