Thursday, October 27, 2011

Getting Ready To Promote Our Pillow Pets for Pediatrics Holiday Drive

It's hard to believe that next week is November.  We all know what that means.... the holidays will be upon us before we know it.  How can it be?  With that said, TLC will be busy working on promoting our Holiday Drive.  We've got to spread the word to family and friends as well as into the community.  We hope that our family and friends will spread the word as they did last year to their family and friends, and so on. 

Further, with the help of our kid's school student council they will be creating fliers and posters to be distributed in local businesses throughout the community to promote the drive which will "kick off" in the community the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  We'll have drop boxes at several businesses in hopes to make it easy for someone to make a donation.  We will also be collecting monetary donations if one prefers to make a donation that way.  We'll use the money to purchase pillow pets at cost from My Pillow Pet Co., as we did last year, which allows us to stretch our money a bit further, providing that many more pillow pets reaching more children.

Last year we collected 250 pillow pets.  This year I would love to see that number triple!  Time will tell.  Of course any number that is donated is greatly appreciated. 

"Kapes" for Kids

Have you ever seen the super hero capes that are made for kids? Some are girly with  a flower emblem, or crown, etc.. some are boyish with lightening bolts, etc.  To me, they are super cute and would make a great gift for a child in the hospital.  These capes might let the children "escape" for a bit, and let their imaginations take them to places where they can be a super hero battling against the evil villains (disease and illness).  Truly, children who are battling a disease or illness are super heroes and deserve to have some fun even in the hospital.  We are able to purchase the capes from at a reduced rate per cape. It's wonderful when you can find a company to work with that value and understand children need to be children no matter what the circumstance!  Thank you PowerCapes!

 I would love to be able to purchase 100 to have on hand to gift to children.  If everyone who read this blog donated $7.00 we could make this idea become a reality. 

Making this "REAL"

We've been very busy at work at making TLC a go.  It has been a whirlwind over the last four weeks, but oh, so very exciting!  Brian worked diligently to get all the paperwork filed, and setting up the website for me to then edit, add and create!  We still have a ton of work (and paperwork) ahead of us; I feel that we are progressing steadily along at a good pace. 

We've got ideas for other programs and have made contacts with companies who are willing to work with us allowing us to purchase products at cost.  It's such a wonderful feeling knowing there are companies who are working to make a profit, but also care about the community at large and are willing to help charitable foundations.  My Pillow Pets/CJ Products is certainly one of them! They were so generous with their recent donation to us, and allowing us to continue to purchase at cost.  As well, we now have Power Capes on our side to help us purchase adorable super hero capes at a greatly reduced rate!  These two companies care about children.

The focus now is on getting ready for our 2nd Pillow Pet Holiday Drive!  We are reaching out into the community much more this year, and are happy that so many have been open and receptive to help us with the drive!

The desire from so many hospitals to have the pillow pets donated to them has certainly made me realize we have a ton of work to do.  I can only hope we can meet all of the hospitals wishes for the pillow pets now and in the future! 
This year we will not only be giving to one hospital but rather to five + hospitals and foundations in the Baltimore area.  This is truly exciting. 

We've got lots of work to do, but have secured the help of many, including our children's school student council.  They will be busy at work making posters and fliers and promoting the drive in the next few weeks.

More to come about the drive! Check back regularly! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gearing Up For This Year's Pillow Pets for Pediatrics Drive!

Late yesterday afternoon, with the help of so many great volunteers (great friends!!!), we were able to tag all 1440 Pillow Pets that were donated by My Pillow Pets for this year's drive.  With such an incredible donation from My Pillow Pets, and the kind assistance of Casey Cares Foundation, we plan on turning our Pillow Pets for Pediatrics project into year round giving!

Stay tuned for more to come.

Most importantly, thanks to all of those (including those not pictured) for helping out yesterday!  We knocked it out of the park in 2 1/2 hours. WOW!

We are truly blessed to have such great support and such great, caring friends!