Tuesday, June 17, 2014--Toys delivered here will be used in their play room and therapy room, and in the homes of foster families so that these kids can have some fun memories during a very difficult time in their lives. My Pilot was packed to the max, thanks to the generosities of so many people. You are making a difference, and for that I thank you so much! Spread sunshine, love big, and SHINE ON!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014--Sadie's Aunt Christy and Uncle Brandon headed up this portion of the Sadie Smile Toy Drive. Many of their friends and co-workers donated toys to be given to the Kentucky Children's Hospital to benefit the children there who are in the hospital. Some toys will go in their playroom, while others will be given to the kids to keep. Thank you, Christy and Brandon, and everyone else who gave in Lexington, KY.
Stay tuned for more Sadie Smile Toy Drive donation pictures!
Friday, June 27, 2014: Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
August 8-16, 2014: Port de Paix, Haiti
Friday, June 20, 2014--Today's Sadie Smile delivery was extra-special to me for several reasons.
First, in the course of discussing and organizing the toy drive with Rebekah (PR), I have made a new friend that I consider so very special. There are a handful of new friends that I have made as a result of Sadie's journey that I will be forever grateful for, and she is one of those people.
Second, Rebekah and Caroline (Child Life Specialist) invited Eli to be a part of the donation, letting him spend some time in the very playroom that these toys will have as their home. He was loved on and was treated so wonderfully, and that warms this mommy's heart.
Third, while I was there, Rebekah gathered several people on the team at the Children's Hospital to gather in the playroom. I was then able to tell them the story of my precious daughter, and how the Sadie Smile Toy Drive came to be a reality. It feels good to tell people about Sadie, how much she means to me, and to see firsthand how much of a difference her sweet little life is making.
Dropoff #4--Lighthouse Counseling Services, Inc., Henderson, KY
Monday, June 23, 2014--This delivery was extra special to me, because these toys are going to the Sadie Sunshine Playroom (for kids to use while their parents are in counseling), and for use in therapy rooms with kids in counseling. There is a picture on the wall of my Dad and Sadie, taken on July 4, 2012. The Lighthouse has offices in four towns in Kentucky--Henderson, Owensboro, Madisonville, and Morganfield, and they now have toys for all four locations, thanks to you all!
Dropoff #5--Children's Advocacy Center and CASA, Henderson, KY
Monday, June 23, 2014--These toys will go in the playroom and therapy room, and also in the homes of foster families, to allow families to have age-appropriate toys and activities for the children who live with them for a period of time. These toys will surely spread smiles and love to kids during a very difficult time in their life.
Dropoff #6--Methodist Hospital, Henderson, KY
Monday, June 23, 2014--Next, we delivered toys, games, arts & crafts, etc., to the local hospital in Henderson. Money donated in Henderson allowed us to also give them a portable DVD player and several great movies for kids to enjoy while they are in the hospital, or even visiting someone they love. After we finished running all around Henderson delivering toys, Eli and I treated ourselves to a frosty! He was a great little helper, and offered a lot of comedy and entertainment everywhere we went!
Dropoff #7--Sumner County DCS, Gallatin, TN
Wednesday, June 25, 2014--This delivery was extra fun! The Goodall Homes home office is right next door, so I recruited some of my teammates there to help carry bins and boxes inside the DCS office. It was like The Army of Goodall! It did my heart good to see their willingness to help, and on really short notice! Thanks, Team Goodall! These toys will go to foster families, so that kids who are in temporary foster homes will have some great toys to play with while they are away from their parents. These children are likely going through a tough time, so hopefully having toys to play with will give them a little setting to smile about.