Monday, January 30, 2012

Demand Vs. Supply

Our Pillow Pet Program has skyrocketed! We are thrilled about this.  What we have found is the demand is there and we fear that soon it will be greater than the supply.  We've been very fortunate to have so many wonderful and generous donors, as well, as a wonderful working relationship with the maker of My Pillow Pets, which has allowed us to touch the lives of so many critically ill children. 


Through monetary donations received by TLC we are able to purchase the "My Pillow Pets" at cost, a big savings, making the money stretch further to purchase more pillow pets than you would be able to through retail.  We are ever so grateful to CJ Products for this opportunity, and for them in supporting our mission to comfort critically ill children. 


We received 366 donated pillow pets, and enough monetary donations to purchase an additional 96 making our total 462 for the holiday drive.   Our balance as of now is 240.  It will go fast.  We anticipate it being depleted this Spring or shortly thereafter. 


It is our goal to fund raise year round and will accept donations, whether monetary or in-kind year round so that we may be able to continue to supply the hospitals and foundations with pillow pets as the needs arise. 


Please remember that you can donate year round to support the Pillow Pets for Pediatrics program, or any other efforts of TLC.   There are many ways to donate; monetarily directly to TLC, hold a "drive" through your club, organization or group, collect for TLC in lieu of birthday presents for a birthday party.  If you have any questions or ideas on how to donate, please feel free to contact me at touchingliveswithcomfort@gmail.com or 443-690-3433

Monday, January 16, 2012

462

Many of you are probably wondering what our status is post holiday drive? Here it goes....our drive gave us an additional supply of 462 pillow pets for delivery to hospitalized children.  That is 462 children that will be comforted by your love and support.   Our donors make all of this possible.  Without your kind donations we would not be able to reach so many children.

A BIG thank you to all who contributed to our drive, whether you donated pillow pets, money, or volunteered your precious time to help us get our deliveries completed!   "Pillow Pets for Pediatrics" was a success in December, and we are  ever so grateful to each and everyone who helped to make it successful... many we'll never be able to thank personally.

We had so many groups and clubs that made TLC their charity of choice for the holidays, many of them children's groups.  It was really wonderful to see the kids working so hard to to help other kids "feel better."   Here are some of those clubs, to name a few: The Catonsville Stars Cheerleaders collected 65), Brownie Troop #4085 from West Friendship (for raising money and purchasing 10), the St. Agnes 3rd grade girls Basketball Team ( for raising money to purchase 21), and Westchester Elem. School Student Council's Pillow Pets for Pediatrics Committee(for promoting, developing fliers, and collecting over 100 pillow pets), and to Jackson, 5th grader at Westchester for making it his mission to collect as many as possible (over 50). 
St. Agnes 3rd Grade Basketball Team

Jackson, a student at Westchester Elementary School
Student Council Pillow Pet for Pediatrics Committee


Girl Scout Brownie Troop # 4085 West Friendship

Through the month of December we were busy scheduling and making deliveries to 14 hospitals and foundations.  The "Pillow Pet Wagon" on many days was filled to the brim with boxes upon boxes of pillow pets that were about to find loving homes.  The wagon made stops at University of Maryland Children's Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, The Children's Hospital at Sinai, The Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics at Sinai, The Ronald McDonald House, Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, GBMC, Dr. Bob's Place, St. Joseph Medical Center, Baltimore Washington Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital, Howard County General, Casey Cares and Health Care for the Homeless.

In the month of January we have donated 200 to Johns Hopkins Children's Center to replenish their supply, and have more deliveries scheduled in February and March.  

Happy New Year.... Stay tuned for more in 2012