Dear Lurie Children’s Hospital,
We were trying to think of how to express our appreciation for everything you’ve done. After much deliberation, we decided to write you a LOVE note—since these used to work back in elementary school. Only this time we’re going to expand past the simple “Roses are red, Violets are blue/We wouldn’t be global/If it wasn’t for YOU!” Instead we wrote you this full nursery rhyme...or at least we tried to!
Most of our blog posts state a bunch of stories or facts,
But this one is different—and hopefully has a greater impact.
That’s because we decided to write you a love note,
In order to express our thoughts and potentially some quotes.
Yes, it’s true we work with all kinds of locations under the sun,
But no matter how many we add you’ll always be number one.
We know there’s a lot here so you may not all know how it’s going,
So, here’s some background on how we were first started flowing.
After years of simply volunteering, our founder connected with his boss, Boe,
And the encouragement from the Child Life and Activity Room continued to grow.
More and more people like Ellen and Nicole joined in and said, “Yes, it’s OK!”
It was actually their idea that the cards not mention health, and, instead, brighten a child’s day.
It’s funny…we believe our relationship first started when you were Children’s Memorial,
And we simply had one group who we gave a ‘How to Be Creative’ tutorial.
But now our relationship has grown since those days in Lincoln Park;
Thankfully it’s been long lasting and wasn’t simply a small spark.
Now that you’re located at 225 E. Chicago, we’re able to do so much more.
For example, we started Cardz WITH Kidz—something everyone adores!
During those events, you let us bring artists to ensure children/families feel the impact,
And we all work together to ensure that everyone’s smiles stay intact!
You’re more special than the 2,800+ cards we’ve delivered that produced some smiles.
Even more special than your custom made hot dog created from Legos—Chicago style.
You’re more precious than the beautiful view of boats on Lake Michigan the children enjoy,
More spectacular than the special 3-D woodblocks or the fun penguin-themed toys!
We’ve sent cards to over 100 different locations and to kids in all types of situations;
But you’ll always be the first and we wanted to express our utmost appreciation.
Thanks again for everything, Ann & Robert H. LurieChildren’s Hospital of Chicago. A few people have seen the pictures and seen the impact, but we don’t think YOU realize how helpful you have been, overall. We just wanted to write you this LOVE NOTE so you knew exactly how we felt.
To see more pictures and stories, please check out our website www.cardzforkidz.org; like us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter and Instagram; visit our Google+ or LinkedIn pages! Also, check out some of our videos on YouTube!