An Easter Idea From Zoe’s Corner

Be a shining star to a sick child

Be a shining star to a sick child

This year there will be many children hospitalized over the Easter holiday.  If you could help make their day a little bit brighter, wouldn’t you do it?

Right now, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is offering a free way to do just that!  All you have to do is go the St. Jude website (click on this link) and customize a virtual Easter egg with a special message for the patients there!  It only takes a few seconds of your time, but this small act can make a big difference in the life of a sick child and his/her family.

And, if you feel so compelled, there is also a link for donations.  St. Jude is a wonderful organization that saves so many lives each year and is the perfect place to donate to if you are looking to give a little more hope to the thousands of children diagnosed with cancer each year, many of whom would not be able to afford the necessary care without the facilities at St. jude

Won’t you join us in creating an egg and spreading a little holiday cheer?  And, pass on this information to others who might like to participate.  Together, we can make a difference!

**If you know of a free/inexpensive/easy way to help others or a specific charity, please let us know so we can spread the word!  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help!**

Another Idea From Zoe’s Corner

This weekend, September 7-9, over 500 Old Navy stores will be participating in a fundraiser for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a fantastic organization that began as one little girl with neuroblastoma raising money for cancer research and has since exploded into a huge contributor in the fight against childhood cancer.  Some of the stores will be hosting their own lemonade stands and some will be selling paper lemons to raise money for children with cancer.

What a fantastic and easy way to make a difference in the life of a child battling cancer!  And what better time to do it than during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month?!

So, if you are out and about this weekend, please stop by your local Old Navy to grab a cup of lemonade or a paper lemon in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand!  Every little contribution makes a huge difference!

Zoe’s Corner: Part 2 of the St. Jude’s Pals Program

A few weeks ago, we had a post about joining the St. Jude’s Pals Program, a free opportunity to partner with St. Jude’s to help brighten a sick child’s day.

We signed up for the program immediately and last week we got our first package in the mail.

Yeah! Our first package!

This month, the gift to send back is a cute magnetic frame for a St. Jude’s teen to use with the picture they will receive at the upcoming prom-style formal dance being held in their honor!

Love the Havana Nights theme

We signed the enclosed form so whomever receives our gift will know we are thinking about them and wishing them the best!  Then we placed it back in the pre-paid envelope and quickly mailed it back so St. Jude’s would have it in time for the formal!

All set to mail back!

It seems like a small effort but I’m sure if enough people join this program, all of the kids receiving treatment at St. Jude’s will realize that there are others out there thinking of them!

And, other than a few moments of your time, it is ABSOLUTELY free, allowing you to be able to be an active participant, regardless of whether you are also able to help financially at this time.  You can also include your email address so you get pictures of the kids the gifts are going to!

Won’t you take the time to join this special program and help make a difference in the life of a sick child?  Visit today for more information on the Pals Program!

**If you know of a free/inexpensive/easy way to help others or a specific charity, please let us know so we can spread the word!  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help!**

Heaven Has A New Group of Angels

Even though we are only in March, many of our brave little fighters have already earned their angel wings this year and are now shining brightly down on us from heaven.

We believe it’s so important to keep their memories alive and to remember each of their families in our prayers.  Please take the time to view the websites of each of these precious and inspirational children and leave a note for their families as they go through this difficult time.  We will never forget these heroes.

Jessie Rees - 12 years old

Eli Horn - 7 years old

Oliver Palmer - 10 years old

Anna Rose Leavoy - 2 years old

Daniel Gomez - 3 years old

RJ Kaufman - 2 years old

Gavin Culpepper - 13 years old

Rachel Gambrill - 8 years old

Daniela Owens - 10 years old

Let’s continue working together to fight childhood cancer in honor of these children and the millions of others still battling!

Zoe’s Corner Is Back With Another Great Idea!

Here’s another great way to help a terrific cause!  It’s the St. Jude Pal program!

It’s free to sign up and St. Jude’s will send you a package every other month with little ways to create special notes and gifts for the children receiving treatment there.  Then you send back your cheery thoughts and gifts and they are distributed to the boys, girls and families at St. Jude’s.

You will also receive email updates with information and photos of the kids receiving your gifts so you can share in the joy that you are bringing!

Please follow the link at the top or the bottom of this page and join us in becoming a member of this fantastic program.  This is a great opportunity for those of you who have been so wonderful in assisting us with our own Operation Smile efforts!  All it takes is a little time and the cost of postage to make a sick child’s day!

Visit the St. Jude website to sign up today!

**If you know of a free/inexpensive/easy way to help others or a specific charity, please let us know so we can spread the word!  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help!**

Another Idea From Zoe’s Corner + Featured Charity: Alex’s Lemonade Stand!

Attention Parents! Here’s another way to have free fun with your children while helping to make a contribution to a great charity!

This Saturday, February 4th, from 12-2 pm, you can go to your local ToysRUs store and build a free LEGO Friends Lemonade Stand to take home as part of your child’s personal LEGO collection.

What a Fun Edition to Your Own Lego Collection!

For each stand built, the LEGO Group will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a great organization helping in the fight against childhood cancer.

ALSF was founded by Alexandra “Alex” Scott, a 4-year-old girl who was diagnosed with childhood cancer.  When she passed away at the age of 8, her lemonade stand fundraisers (and those by others inspired by her determination) had already raised more than $1 million for cancer research!  Since 2005, her parents have carried on with Alex’s fundraising efforts in memory of their brave and amazing daughter while countless others around the nation continue to lend their support to this worthy cause.

So, this weekend, head on over to ToysRUs and help support ALSF by making your own lemonade stand.  It’s charity and fun mixed into one day!  For more information about this event, please visit

**If you know of a free/inexpensive/easy way to help others or a specific charity, please let us know so we can spread the word!  We’re always on the lookout for new ways to help!**

This Week’s Featured Child: Bella!

Beautiful Bella

This week’s featured child is 8-year-old, Bella Rodriguez-Torres.

In 2007, Bella was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.   She was treated and went into remission, only to relapse in 2009 when doctors found a tumor on her brain.  Luckily, with treatment, she again went into remission.

Unfortunately, this fall, doctors found another tumor on her ovary, which has since been removed, but she is still receiving treatments.  Bella has proven numerous times that she is a fighter and she’s doing it one more time.

Please pray for brave Bella and her family as they battle this newest form of cancer.  And, take the time to visit her Facebook Page and website to say hello and to learn more about this lovely little lady and her progress.

Bella will be turning 9 on December 12th and you can help her celebrate by sending her a cheery birthday card, via her aunt!

Bella Rodriguez-Torres
c/o Kim Rodriguez-Torres
8092 NW 109 Lane
Parkland, FL 33076

**If you know a child or charity that would like to be featured, please let us know at or on our Facebook page**

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