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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