If you’re listening to the mainstream media for the last couple of weeks, you haven’t heard much in the way of good new. Yet it is out there. Consider this real life game of Where’s Waldo that’s helping lift the spirits of countless children in the hospital next door.
Jason Haney, who runs a construction crew in South Bend, Indiana, has taken to hiding a life-sized Waldo on his construction site. The children in the hospital next door now have something far ore interesting to look at (though construction would be enough for some of the boys).
“It’s just for the kids to get their minds off of things,”Haney told The Huffington Post. “I just wanted them to have fun.”
And he’s got Waldo on the move. Often. When the kids find him, the hospital sends him a message and he moves Waldo again. The game has become so popular that this Waldo now has his own Facebook page where the kids can post images of him when he’s found.
Haney’s crew is building the a new addition to the hospital. Last winter, when the crew put together a snowman, the patients and staff in the hospital were glued to the windows. He reportedly tried blow-up snowmen, and a Sponge Bob Square Pants…. That’s when the idea for Waldo came in.
“[A co-worker] came up to me, and was kind of joking around, and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be funny if there was a Waldo up here?’” Haney said “And I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s kind of cool.’ Then the idea sat in my head for a little while and I was like, ‘I’m going to make him, I’m going to do it!’”
Waldo is cut from a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood. Haney and his teenage daughter, Taylor painted Waldo.
“He’s eight-feet tall and a pain in the butt to move around sometimes,” Haney said. “He’s 50, 60 pounds and he’s awkward to carry. But it’s worth it for the kids.”