Thursday, September 1, 2011

How Can You Help Fight Childhood Cancer?

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and yesterday I said I would let you know how you could help children fight cancer. I have also included a challenge so make sure you read all the way to the end.

Here is how you can help.
Contact your local Children’s Hospital and ask them what they are in need of. You will find that most need simple things like
  • soft stuffed animals (must be new),
  • crayons,
  • markers,
  • stacking toy,
  • card games, etc.
If you are wanting to make a handmade item, ask the hospital if you can make the donation. I am sure they will accept it.

What can you make?
While my son was in the hospital, we made
  • notecards with envelopes,
  • covered small notepads and journals, and we even made
  • “Care Packages”. Unless you have ever been without basic essentials you don’t know how wonderful something like this could be.
The Care Packages included a
  • toothbrush and toothpaste (donated by our pediatric dentist),
  • travel size soap,
  • lotion,
  • shampoo,
  • and comb.
What are some of the items we received?
My son was given a gorgeous quilt to keep him warm – even during the hot Texas summer. A childhood cancer survivor made these quilts for all of the children when they were admitted to cancer floor. He also received a large amount of stuffed animals, drawing materials including markers, crayons, pencils, sketch books, etc. (he was a talented young artist), and while he was in PICU he was given a Knot Fleece Blanket.

Would you rather just make a donation?
If you would rather have your efforts go to Childhood Cancer Research then please consider making a donation through Chili’s. I remember just a few days after we buried our son, we were sitting at Chili’s and noticed all of the “Create-A-Pepper” pictures hanging. I had never given it much notice in years before, but this time I did notice. It has always been one of my favorite places to eat, but now it is our #1 choice when eating out.

Chilis Logo
Chili’s® Grill & Bar needs your help to donate $50 million in 10 years to support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Throughout the Create-A-Pepper to Fight Childhood Cancer campaign, guests at Chili's locations nationwide and in Puerto Rico can support St. Jude through several in-restaurant, digital and interactive promotions. To make a donation, just click on the Chili’s logo or for additional information about the campaign, please visit www.createapepper.com.
Other organizations where funds will go for childhood cancer research and/or help the children and their families. CureSearch, Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and Candlelighters.

Give a Child Hope challenge
  • I want you to do something for children fighting cancer. I have given you several ideas from purchasing items that are needed at your local children’s hospital (cancer floor); to making handmade items; to making a monetary donation.. Whatever you do, it must be strictly for the children (and their families) that are fighting cancer.
  • Blog about what you have done – not to brag, but to raise awareness.
  • Come back here and link up your blog post. Don’t have a blog? Then link up with Flickr or just simply send me an email and I will link up your donation.
The Prize:
  • I have enlisted a few blog friends and we are gathering some handmade items to share with one person from the link list.Prize info HERE
  • You will have until September 30, 2011 midnight CST to upload your item to the link list.
  • Winner will be chosen by Random.org on October 1, 2011 and announced right here on my blog
  • Anyone can participate but prizes will only be shipped to US and Canadian addresses.
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