Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Please Help!


As many of you heard, there was a school shooting at Berrendo Middle School in New Mexico. Since our overall goal is to uplift the spirits of hospitalized and/or TRAUMATIZED children we're going to send a shipment of cards.

On January 30th, we'll send our package to that school. The tough part is that so far we still need 1,000+ cards to deliver to the hospitals we currently partner with this quarter. If you could partner with coworkers, friends, classmates and/or group members to make a couple of cards that would be TRULY appreciated. 

Don't worry even if you can't get the cards by 1/30/2014 we DEFINITELY still need a bunch throughout the quarter.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

We Agree

No! I disagree!

That was the first part of our conversation with one of our trusted advisers. This was sparked when we highlighted our first “big” donation to a hospital….a standard DVD player. They highlighted how they still have all their old school Disney movies AND some of their overall favorite movies on VHS. So when it came time to consider getting a DVD player, they disagreed. Later we asked if they had DVD player.  Turns out they had a DVD/Blue Ray player. And owned the majority of those movies on DVD and/or blue ray.

I just think that money should go to hospital supplies!” We definitely agree that gloves, gowns, medication, etc are all essential. The only thing is that our overall goal is to uplift the spirits of these children. We strive to take their mind off their condition by doing fun things such as opening a card or watching a DVD; able to simply tap one button and automatically skip a “scary” scene in a movie.

We’re thankful that some of the hospitals we partner with have the latest systems in their playroom and independent TVs for each room. That’s soooo important. But it’s a shame, that although there are multiple patients in a room, some hospitals don’t have a TV in any of the patients’ rooms. So we’re going to focus on partnering with some of the smaller hospitals we send cards and provide them with “fun activities”. Here are pictures from one of the playrooms:  


At that hospital they only have a VCR in their playroom with VHS tapes. We learned they have a partnership with Disney. Based on that they have some DVDs, but those can only be played on the two “mobile” TVs with video game systems that can play discs.

So although a trusted adviser doesn't think that we should spend money uplifting spirits with electronics, We Agree that we can continue to find ways to brighten these kids’ day. Here’s a pic of the staff holding the brand new DVD player, as well as, posing with some cards.


Now we just need to make sure they have the best movie of all time, The Lion King!....yeah we're a bit biased.... but the adviser who disagreed has it too!!

#upliftingspirits #weagree

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Guaranteed Good Time

We only have about a couple weeks left. Please make sure you pick your favorite three cards!

How it works is that everyone selects their favorite three cards. Then we invite the artists who made the TOP 5 cards to come play games and make crafts with pediatric patients and their families. Based on the continual excitement from the past events it's clear that meeting up with these patients is a Guaranteed Good Time. 

Click here to vote: Top 5

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#upliftingspirits #guaranteedgoodtime

Thursday, January 9, 2014

They Are Special


Now that we started fundraising we decided to dedicate some of our funds to purchasing art supplies and little boxes for some of our hospitals. How it’ll work is that when kids get admitted, they can immediately get a little plastic box that will have glue sticks, construction paper, markers, and supplies to make necklaces. Our goal is to help these kids feel special, even if we’re unable to deliver a card at that time. Also, in the future we’ll work to raise funds to help update some of the fun equipment in hospitals.

Our volunteer work has shown that children are DEFINITELY happier in playful settings that keep them active and interested.  Our hope is to eventually meet that need for hospitals by identifying their specific needs for art supplies and to secure fun equipment to make the hospital stay kid friendly.  We will work to make sure the child's needs for fun are met.

In summary, our overall goal is to make sure the children know that THEY ARE SPECIAL no matter the size of their hospital.

If you would like to participate in helping please feel free to make a tax deductible donation. 

Here’s a link to make your donation:

#theyarespecial #upliftingspirits

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