WASHINGTON (Dec. 22, 2017) — “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Karen Huger brought star power and holiday cheer to children residing at The Children’s Inn at NIH, a nonprofit hospitality house that provides free lodging and support to children with rare or critical illnesses participating in clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
The Real Grand Dame of Potomac helped out during The Children’s Inn’s winter break Camp INNcredible, a daily two-hour camp experience filled with fun learning activities for children spending the holidays at The Inn to receive needed treatment at the NIH.
As part of Camp INNcredible, Huger helped lead a holiday arts and crafts activity building “snowman catapults” that brought joy and laughter to children and adults alike, and she assisted a group of NIH postbac researchers in administering a fun learning experiment to help children learn about density. At the end of camp, Huger gave solar-powered holiday toys as presents to Inn children – her own science experiment that children tested immediately using the flashlight of cell phones to power up the toys.
“The smiles on the children’s faces is by far the best gift I’ve ever received,” Huger said.
Huger also posed for photos with Inn residents and staff, and took a tour of The Inn, which she says she plans to visit again soon with her daughter.
The Children’s Inn at NIH is a private nonprofit with the mission to provide “a place like home” for children and their families participating in pediatric research at the Clinical Center of the world-renowned National Institutes of Health. The Inn reduces families’ burden of illness through free lodging and therapeutic and recreational activities as well as educational support to children. Since opening in 1990, more than 13,000 families from all 50 states and 94 countries have found a second home at The Inn. As a partner in discovery and care with the NIH, The Inn strives for the day when no family endures the heartbreak of a seriously ill child. For more information, visit www.childreninn.org.