Operation Smile – January 2013 Edition

Help Us Brighten A Child's Day!

Help Us Brighten A Child’s Day!

Here are more addresses for children that would love to receive a card from you! Please help us brighten their day!

Baylee Wheeler, 5 years old (Isolated NK Cell Deficiency) – 2022 E. 619, Jamestown, KY  42629.

Jillian Miller, 3 years old (Leukemia) – 737 E. 22nd Street, Indianapolis, IN  46202.

Miracles for Michaela, 9 years old (Addison’s Disease) – c/o Julie Swindle, 145 C.R. 463, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404.

Hope for Kiera, 4 years old (ALL) – 14 B Loshire Path, Palm Coast, FL  32164.

Parker Zimmerle, 6 years old (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) – 31531 Linder Road, Lot 67, Denham Springs, LA 70726

 Sebastian Major, 11 years old (Neuroblastoma) – P.O. Box  198, Savoy, IL  61874 

Prince Enriquez, 8 months old (pulmonary artresia) –  P.O. Box 225911, Dallas, TX  75222

 

 

Don’t forget to keep checking our Operation Smile posts to learn about new children who would love to receive cards!  Hope you are all having a wonderful new year!

**We would like to keep updating this list often, so if you know a child or family that could use a card, please let us know!*

Our First Featured Child of 2013 – Baylee!

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This month’s featured child is 5-year-old, Baylee.

In 2011, Baylee was diagnosed with Isolated NK Cell Deficiency  and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  As a result of these immune system disorders, she is extremely vulnerable to life-threatening infections.

Despite these tough medical issues, Baylee continues to be a brave and vivacious little girl, who loves doing all of the things that 5-year-old little girls do.

Please pray for Baylee and her family as they work together to help Baylee battle the medical issues that come her way.  And, take the time to visit her Facebook Page to say hello and to learn more about this sweet girl and her progress.

We will be adding Baylee to our next Operation Smile list, but if you would like to get a head start and send her a cheery card now, you can send it to: Miss Baylee Wheeler, 2022 E. 619, Jamestown, KY 42629.

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

Wordless Wednesday – Rest In Peace Little Angels

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel's beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Then the child opened its eyes, and looked up into the angel’s beautiful face, which beamed with happiness, and at the same moment they were in heaven, where joy and bliss reigned. The child received wings like the other angel, and they flew about together, hand in hand. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Another Idea From Zoe’s Corner!

If you have a Facebook account, this is for you!  Right now, Hammermill Paper is offering to donate $1 to St. Jude for each new Facebook “like” and/or “share” they receive (up to $30,000), with an additional $5,000 added if they can reach 12,000 fans by December 31st.  Just click on the link above to like Hammermill and share this info with your friends and you are giving $2 to St. Jude!  So easy and at no cost to you!  Thank you, Hammermill, for promoting this worthy cause!

 

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Being Thankful

Sometimes we all need a little reminder.  Have a blessed day.

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Zoe’s Corner: Play Free Games To Give Back To Children

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Yes, you read that title correctly.

Once again, you can play free games on gsn.com and donate the “oodles” that you win to a deserving charity.  Last year it was the Salvation Army and this year it’s Toys For Tots!  All you have to do is sign up (or sign in if you already have an account), pick a game, and start earning those oodles for the kids!  If you are on a tight holiday budget, but still want to be able to help others during this special time of the year, this is the perfect way to do it!

You can give in increments of $5, based on the number of oodles that you have earned!  There are numerous game choices available for all different levels and interests so you can have fun while helping contribute to the wonderful work that Toys For Tots does every year.  And it doesn’t cost you anything!toys

Let’s all join together with GSN and help spread the word so we are able to donate as much as we can in time for the holidays!  It doesn’t get any easier than this!

**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!**

A Halloween Idea From Zoe’s Corner!

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While purchasing party supplies or costumes this fall, please consider shopping at Spirit Halloween stores.   Click on this link to find your printable coupon which will provide 10% off your in-store purchase.  And, for every coupon redemption, Spirit Halloween will match the 10% savings by donating that amount to Tallahassee Memorial Pediatric Services Child Life Department.

You can also shop online at SpiritHalloween.com and enter the promo code CHILDLIFE during checkout to receive the same discount and donation to the hospital without even leaving your home!

Please help us pass on this information to anyone who might be on the hunt for this year’s Halloween costume!  Saving money and helping children; what could be a better combination?!

 

And The Winner Is….

Our Raffle to raise funds for the NICU Milk Warmer Project is officially over and we have 3 lucky winners to announce!  Before we share the winners, we would like to once again thank EVERYONE who purchased tickets and shared the information with their friends!  We couldn’t do anything without the support of our friends and family and we truly appreciate each and every one of you!  We raised a total of $188 and we can’t wait to deliver the check later on this week!

Without further ado, the winners (chosen at random via our very scientific internet slot machine) are:

ABC Busy Bee Cake

Baby Boy Bear Cake

Baby Sub Sandwich

Congratulations ladies; we will get you those prizes quickly!  Thank you again to everyone involved with this project.

To learn more about the NICU Milk Warmer Project and how you can help, please read our previous blog or contact Ms. Judi Taber at Judi.Taber@tmh.org.

Less Than One Week Left!

Our raffle to raise money for the babies in the NICU at TMH is still running through this Saturday!  We have had several generous friends buy tickets for this great cause, but we could still use your help!  $1 is all it takes – you’d be surprised how quickly those dollars add up!  And, if you don’t know someone who could use the prize should you win it, you can choose to donate the cake to a family at the NICU!  It’s another wonderful way to contribute!

Please take the time to read the previous blogs about the Milk Warmer Project and the diaper cake raffle for the NICU right now and help us donate as much as we can to the babies that need it most!

Buy your tickets securely here!

Help Us Help Premature Babies and You Could Win a Prize!

Last year, we held a toy drive for the Pediatric Unit of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) in honor of Mikey’s 6th birthday.  Thanks to the generosity of so many of our supporters, we were able to give $800 worth of toys to the children there!

this is only about half of the bags we made!

Although it hardly seems possible, in just a few weeks, Mikey will be turning 7!  As part of his birthday celebration this year, we would like to be able to donate funds to the TMH NICU Milk Warmer Project by holding a raffle in its honor.  As this particular project is to support premature babies, we felt it would be very appropriate to give away two handmade diaper cakes as prizes for the raffle!

Baby Boy Bear Cake (includes diapers, receiving blanket, bottle, bear and pacifier holder)

ABC Busy Little Bee Cake (includes diapers, receiving blanket, bottle, manicure set and bee washcloth puppet)

Tickets for the raffle are $1 apiece and for each dollar spent, you will receive an entry to the raffle for the cake of your choice. (Be sure to specify which cake you prefer when buying the tickets!)  The more tickets you buy, the greater chance you have of winning a prize!  The raffle will run for two weeks (ending on Sept. 22nd) and the two grand prize winners will be chosen randomly from our pool of entries, with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Milk Warmer Project.

If you aren’t in the greater Tallahassee area, but would still like a chance to win one of our prizes, donations can be made securely online via PayPal.  (You do not need a PayPal account to participate, just click on the link and you will see an option to “buy” without an account).  Even if you are only able to purchase 1 ticket, every little bit counts and every entry will be greatly appreciated by us and by the babies who will benefit from this donation.

For those of you who may not be able to donate financially at this time, we will also be hosting a FREE giveaway where you can earn entries for this smaller prize by simply sharing the raffle information found on this blog with your friends!

baby “sub sandwich” (includes baby socks, washcloth, blankets and diapers)

I am a firm believer that helping to spread the word about important charitable opportunities is just as important as giving a donation and we want to reward those efforts as well.  So, make sure to tell your friends and then leave a comment on the blog or on our Facebook page telling us that you shared the information and we will add your name to the giveaway drawing!

For more information on the TMH NICU Milk Warmer Project, please read our previous post on this worthwhile cause!  Any further questions regarding the raffle?  Feel free to contact us at mikeyandzoe@comcast.net!

Thanks to everyone who is willing to once again help us make a charitable contribution in honor of Mikey’s 7th birthday!  We know we can make a difference WITH YOUR HELP!!! 🙂

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