ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – There were special deliveries at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Wednesday.
The hospital is undergoing a $1 billion expansion.
The up to 1,500 construction workers coming and going every day have noticed they have a pretty devout fan club.
They look around; they see little eyes looking back.
Kids, who may be facing tough times, are giving those workers a feeling of appreciation they may not get at other job sites.
So, the workers gave something back.
“[The children] go up to the nearest window and plaster their little faces up against them and look and see the cranes hoist the iron, pouring concrete, the carpenters setting forms or walls,” said Byron Saunders of I.U.O.E. Local 513. “This job’s been different because of the eyes that are on us.”
So, the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council organized special deliveries of 250 hard hats for the children who’ve been watching them so intently.
A pink hard hat was perfect for 5-year-old Sophie, who injured her foot in lawn mower accident.
5-year-old Ricardo had been watching when during his visits for leukemia treatments loved his blue hard hat.
Ricardo Galan/Luekemia patient: “I did not see you guys coming. I was walking out and then ‘boom’ you guys appeared!” He said.
Sophie got helmets for her brother and sister, too. She was very excited but a bit more reserved.
“I’m too shy,” she said.
All those hard hats cost about $5,000 total. The project will add nearly 100 new private rooms, nearly 100 new or renovated neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) beds, and a new rooftop garden.