We Love Businesses That Help Children!

Each day Mikey’s Helping Place grows and each day we learn about other businesses and charities that are doing their part to help sick children too.  In addition to our first featured charity, Hayley’s Angels, here are a few others we have discovered that are definitely worth promoting!

  • Joy Jars – This charitable organization was founded by 12-year-old Jessie Rees, who is currently battling a brain tumor (she is also one of the children who will be on our Operation Smile update list for those of you who might be interested in sending her a card).  For a small fee, you can order a customized ‘Joy Jar’ from Jessie which includes a t-shirt, wristband, notecard and jar, which you can then fill with anything you want and pass on to a friend or sick child to make him smile.  You can also sponsor a sick child by having a ‘Joy Jar’ sent on your behalf; or, if you know a sick child that would appreciate a joy jar, Jessie has provided a way to request that one be sent to him/her, via a sponsor.  The Joy Jar purchases are also tax-deductible!  What an amazing heart this young lady has to be thinking of so many others all while battling a serious illness herself.  Make sure to check out Joy Jars and Jessie’s Facebook page for more information!
  • Kiss the Toad Creations – This business began with a mom creating a cape as a way to give her autistic son greater self-esteem and quickly grew from there.   Now you can order personalized superhero capes for any child.  What makes this particular business special is the work they do with Battle 4 a cure, a non-profit organization for cancer research.  For a reduced fee, you can send a cape to a child with cancer and learn more about that child’s progress along the way.  What a wonderful way to brighten a sick child’s day!  You can click on the link above for the website or go to their Facebook page for more information.
  • Emmy’s Got Style – Much like Kiss the Toad Creations, this business was inspired by a mother with a sick child.  She started by making a stylish and completely functional hospital gown for her young daughter, Emmy, who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia and has had to endure numerous hospital stays.  She then continued taking orders for gowns for other children who remain in the hospital with life-threatening diseases.  You can purchase a gown for someone you know or donate a gown to a deserving child of their choice.  A portion of all proceeds also benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which has played such an important role in Emmy’s life.  Please take the time to learn more about Emmy’s Got Style and beautiful little Emmy by visiting their website or Facebook page.
  • Butterflies for BrandiThis charity was founded by the family of little Brandi who lost her fight with cancer.  Right now they are selling wristbands to raise money for their cause and proceeds will go toward sending toys to children with cancer.  What a precious way to honor the memory of a beautiful little girl.  Please take the time to check out the Butterflies for Brandi Facebook page to see how you can help!

These are merely a few businesses/charities which we have encountered, helping to provide easy ways to help sick children.  What a blessing each one is to their community.  Please pass on these wonderful ideas to others! 

And, don’t forget about continuing to spread the word about Operation Smile and our own toy drive for the Pediatrics Department at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital!  In every case, every little bit helps!

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