In 1886, a small group of women from Granby Street Methodist Church formed the first King’s Daughters Circle in Norfolk, with the mission to serve the less fortunate and make a difference in the lives of young people. Soon, Circles began springing up around the city, and in 1896 they came together as the Norfolk City Union of The King’s Daughters.
This year, The King’s Daughters celebrates 120 years of service to Coastal Virginia.
That goal? “Raising funds, friends and awareness for CHKD.” And The King’s Daughters fulfills that purpose in myriad ways. From the Canister Project, where money is raised through donation canisters located across Coastal Virginia, to the CHKD Thrift Stores, to the numerous fundraising events held annually, The King’s Daughters serves as relentless, devoted advocates for the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.
Each year, the hospital decides on a new effort it would like The King’s Daughters to fundraise for. Last year, the request was for a new pediatric ambulance. After months of fundraising (they cost about $650,000), The King’s Daughters are looking forward to purchasing the new mobile intensive care unit soon.
“The equipment in a pediatric ambulance is size specific and tailored to treating babies and children,” Coleman says. “It’s equipment that isn’t standard in other ambulances, which could save a child’s life.”
And it has. Coleman recalls an instance when a premature baby got sick and was rushed to an area hospital. CHKD sent one of their pediatric ambulances to pick up the baby, and they were able to use the life-saving neonatal equipment to treat her emergency illness and save her life.
CHKD currently has three pediatric ambulances, allowing them to have two ambulances on call at all times. The new ambulance purchased by The King’s Daughters will replace an older, outdated model.
“We’re thrilled to be able to provide this much-needed, lifesaving equipment to CHKD,” Coleman says.