This Nonprofit Gives New Bedrooms to Kids in a Medical Crisis

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This Nonprofit Gives New Bedrooms to Kids in a Medical Crisis

About five years ago, interior designer Susan Wintersteen felt burned out in her career. Then she was introduced to a local family in San Diego whose child had just been diagnosed with cancer. Wanting to help, she offered to redesign the child’s bedroom to make recovery more comfortable.

That experience led her to start Savvy Giving by Design, a nonprofit whose members redesign the rooms of children facing a medical crisis. The organization now has 15 chapters across the country. “I love working with families that have a medical need where interior design is coming in and solving a really big problem for them,” Wintersteen says. “And I know that their healing is going to be enhanced by improving their lighting and improving their sleeping situation.”

In this video, Wintersteen chats with Reisa Elden, the head of industry partnerships at Houzz, about how Savvy Giving by Design works, and how others can get involved.

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Savvy Interiors

Thank you for this opportunity!

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Abiola Inawo

This is such a very kind thing to do....ambience plays a big role in (all) our state of mind..And I can only imagine the smiles on their faces and the joy in their heart.. @ Savvy Interiors...I only have ❤️ 4 U....

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Kimberly Gritman

No greater joy is bigger than this!
Especially in times like these for immunocompromised kids with Cancer! A smile from a child stricken with an ailment is worth more than anything. Thanks you so very much for this inspiring story!

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Layla

This is a wonderful idea and comes into my life at a perfect time. I am a Michigan realtor helping a family who has been battling a children’s illness for years. I will definitely look into how I can help them and others!

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Lisa

What a great nonprofit!

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Lynne

This is a wonderful story. I can imagine the kids are thrilled with their room makeovers, a positive experience as they battle their illness. Thank you for supporting these warriors and bringing them a smile.

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dowagercountess

Susan is such an inspiration. I admire her, and people like her, who find a way to use their particular talents for good. The smiles on the childrens faces when they saw their new bedrooms is golden and heartwarming. Thank you for a beautiful story!

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