Monday, August 19, 2013

Feeling Grateful

It's hard to believe that we are approaching the end of summer.  Touching Lives With Comfort has been very busy throughout the year, continuing with deliveries to many hospitals and foundations!  Our supply of pillow pets has been depleted to almost zero.  We are working on securing some grants, as well as putting together a few fundraisers for the fall.   We'll be having another Peace A Pizza night (September 18th) in September, and then our 2nd Annual Party for a Cause at the Phoenix Emporium in Ellicott City (November 9th).  Mark your calendars!  We hope to see you at these events!  The Holiday Season is our busiest time of year and we'll need to raise enough funds to help secure items to reach over 1500 children.  More and more people are discovering our foundation and learning about the good things we are working to accomplish.  We are confident we'll be able to meet the needs of the children this Holiday Season.  We are so grateful for all that has occurred thus far!

We are also extremely grateful to Catonsville United Methodist Church's (CUMC) Vacation Bible School program this summer.  Every year the vacation bible school chooses a foundation to support, and collects money throughout the week from the children attending.  TLC was totally shocked and surprised when we found out that our foundation was going to be this year's recipient!  What a BLESSING that was!   We were even more surprised, and utterly left speechless when at the week's end closing ceremony, we learned just how much the wonderful children of CUMC VBS had raised. 

Drum roll......the children raised $1,107.92 for TLC (more than the original amount presented to us at the closing ceremony-see below)! 

We are so impressed, delighted and humbled by this extremely generous and giving donation from the children who attended CUMC VBS!  What big, loving and caring hearts these children (and their parents!) have. This donation will help us reach approx.  90 children who are facing serious illness and are hospitalized.  Ninety children that we can help lift the spirits of, to help provide a bit of comfort and sense of security to, that are in a sterile environment, that is nothing like the comforts of their own home! Thank you to the VBS Program Coordinator for choosing us, to all of the CUMC Children (and their families) who attended bible school in July and making such generous donations! 

Feeling Blessed and Forever Grateful....

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A New Year

It's February 12th, 2013.  We've wrapped up our holiday drive and are looking forward in this new year, hoping for continued growth in what Touching Lives With Comfort Foundation can do and provide through the year and years to come.  Of course, at the present time our most popular and strongest program is our Pillow Pets for Pediatrics; however, we have many ideas that we hope we can develop and bring to fruition, thus providing more comfort and services to children and their families while hospitalized. 

Through our end of year fundraising and our annual Pillow Pet drive we were able to meet our goal of providing over 1,000 children with Pillow Pets again this year at 5 local hospitals, Georgetown University in DC, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Casey Cares and the Ronald McDonald House!  We think this quote from a Child Life Coordinator at Hopkins sums up our purpose of providing comfort through the Pillow Pets for Pediatrics program: "They (meaning Pillow Pets) really are the best gift to meet the needs of all the kids in the hospital!! Nothing is more comforting!" 

However, with that being said, our supply of pillow pets is very low, with only roughly 140 pillow pets.  We need some serious fundraising, grants awarded and donations to continue this program.  The holiday season is not the only time of year that the hospitals are seeking to receive the pillow pets, just our busiest.

With Valentine's Day just a few days away, we recently created gift bags stuffed with the mini pillow pets and a handmade valentine's card to be distributed to 135 children at University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Sinai. The deliveries are underway!  Mother's Day is not too far off in the near future and we'll be kicking off our Remembering Mom's fundraiser very soon so that we may provide Mom's of critically-ill hospitalized children with a special inspirational necklace on Mother's Day (to be presented to mom by child). 

TLC will be busy working on many things in 2013, but especially fundraising and program development!  We hope that you will continue to support our efforts, spread the word, and if interested find out what you can do to help!  Also , if you know of a child that is hospitalized, or seeking treatment for a critical illness who might need a little pick me up or comfort, please let us know and we'll see if there is something we can do to help brighten a child's day, or provide a little comfort along their difficult journey. 

A few pictures below from some happy recipients. 

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