We delivered our first set of 20 bears to Rockford Memorial today. It was very exciting, as we were met with several news cameras! Jon and Jack talked to the cameras and they did a fabulous job sharing with everyone all the great things about our charity.
Jack got to deliver one of the bears to a patient, and that was definitely the highlight for him.
Here's some pictures.
Talking to Joelle Parks. She was so sweet and put Jack at ease.
A VERY deserving patient receives our FIRST bear donation!
With all the donations we've been getting lately (it's amazing...checks everyday!), we headed to Build-A-Bear to make some bears. This time we decided to do some of the more-expensive bears, so we were able to get 8 bears (and kittens). They are so very cute! We bought them the same outfit, surgical scrubs. We went to Fox Valley mall this time instead of Woodfield, and it was worth the extra 45 minute drive. Jennie was our helper and she was AMAZING! She instantly fell in love with Jack and his story. They chatted the whole time and by the end she had tears in her eyes. She just loved what he's doing so much that she donated a bear and an outfit to Little Hands Make A Big Difference! We loved her so much, we decided from here on out we will just call the BAB in Fox Valley and go at a time when she is there.
Tomorrow is our big donation day! We had to Rockford Memorial Hospital to donate 20 bears!!! We wrote a little letter to stick inside the bear houses wishing the recipient get-well-soon wishes. I'll be sure to bring my camera and post pictures.
We're currently working on getting some paperwork done in order to get 501 (c) status. This will make us a "real" charity recognized by the state of Illinois. It's a lot of paperwork and legal-speak for me to comb through, but so far I'm understanding it! Wish us luck, how exciting!!!
WOW!!! What a week for Little Hands Make A Big Difference! We made our first donation to a VERY deserving little boy, Cooper Knight. Here is Cooper's story, http://cotaforcooperk.com/
We were honored to send Cooper a Batman Power Wheels like the one below so that he can enjoy playing outside with his older brothers and sister.
With all the money we had raised we took a trip to Build A Bear. We made 12 animals (bears, bunnies, and dogs) and are going to donate them to Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Each animal has a red heart inside of it. We wished for health and happiness on each heart, kissed it, and tucked it inside the animal.
Then, we used to foot pedal to stuff the bears and hugged them before sewing them up to make sure they were the perfect amount of squeezability in them.
We bathed and groomed the bears and then they were ready to go!
We bought them each a special doctor's outfit, and at home we dressed each one and put them in their own special cardboard box house where they will stay until they find their new homes!
We are thrilled with our first week of donations! The kids are so excited to hear from Cooper once he gets his Power Wheels. Build A Bear was so much fun. They put a lot of thought and love into their animal and were so excited to think of the comfort and happiness their animals will bring!