You wake up and open your eyes. You call for your family, but there's no answer. A woman comes into the room with breakfast. You ask where you are. She replies with a smile and tells you you're in the hospital.

This has happened many times in hospitals all around the world. Kids get lonely without their friends and family. Other people who know how it feels don't just ignore it. They help out the kids who are suffering.

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Some older kids like my sister, Simrankaur, now a junior at Townsend Harris High School in Queens, volunteer to try to help kids and other people who are sick, feel better. She says, "This was an educational experience. I got to meet people of different cultures and backgrounds; I now want to volunteer again at the hospital."

My classmate Rishi Shah looks at the bright side of things. He says, "Hospitals are the thing that keep many people alive. Without them, we wouldn't be here!"