Last updated on August 5th, 2016 at 10:39 am
The Angel Garden at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, reopened Monday as a redesigned refuge for patients, families and staff—thanks to generous donations from Macey’s guests and vendors.
The garden renovation was made possible from Macey’s customers, with an additional contribution from Macey’s Food stores—totaling $73,000 for Macey’s 2016 Caring for Kids Drive. More than 1,000 new plants were added to the garden, including a 5-foot butterfly statue commissioned out of bronze.
“We know miracles happen each day at Primary Children’s—and as your local grocer, we are humbled to help the children and families at Primary Children’s,” said Darin Peirce, division manager of Associated Food Stores’ retail operations. “Macey’s Food Stores are happy to help make the renovation of the Angel Garden possible, as we know that some of the best medicine is found in nature where children can feel the sunshine, hear birds chirping, enjoy the beautiful pond and get a breath of fresh air.”
For nearly two decades, the Angel Garden has provided Primary Children’s patients, parents and staff a place of solace, healing and calm. Located near the hospital’s entrance, the garden includes lighting that can be programmed to change colors with holidays and seasons and a water feature mimicking a mountain stream and pond. The Angel Garden is medically safe and includes wheelchair-accessible pathways and electrical outlets for medical devices. It also maintains its legacy monuments, including the Celebration of Life plaque, Memorial Tree and centerpiece Butterfly Angel statue.