Day 358: Hole in the Wall Gang
Paul Newman is more than just great acting and salad dressing, in 1988 he founded the Hole in the Wall Gang camp to provide children dealing with cancer and other illnesses to enjoy a summer camp experience with their families. This is a wonderful way for kids to get out of the hospital and enjoy the outdoors on their road to wellness.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut is a nonprofit, residential summer camp and year-round center serving children and their families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses and conditions.
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp provides year-round programming, offering an outstanding summer camp experience for more than 1,000 seriously ill children, as well as 24 weekend programs from fall through spring for approximately 3,000 campers, along with their families and caregivers. The Camp’s year-round Hospital Outreach Program brings the hopeful and playful spirit of Camp to seriously ill hospitalized children, providing services to approximately 11,000 children in sixteen hospitals from New York to Boston each year. Altogether, the Camp serves more than 15,000 children annually.
Amount Donated: $5
To support the Hole in the Wall Gang, please visit: http://www.holeinthewallgang.org
Day 355: Project Linus
Small comforts in life can go a long way, especially in the life of a child dealing with a serious health condition. Day 355’s charity provides a little warm comfort to children in need. I spent 4 years living in Bloomington-Normal, and I think it’s so cool that Project Linus is nationally based in the town of my alma mater.
Project Linus is located in Bloomington, Illinois. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
First, their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Project Linus has distributed over three million blankets to children in need since their inception in 1995.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Project Linus please visit: http://www.projectlinus.org
Day 264: NPH International
Today’s give comes from a recommendation from a friend and generous spirit, Katie Riley, who does amazing work with She’s The First and Give Haiti Hope. Katie is a prime example of one person working to make an great impact. She recommended that I look into NPH International, based on her first hand experience visiting one of their clinics during a recent trip to Haiti. She was very impressed by what she saw and I value her opinion.
Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos International is a Christian mission that strives to provide a permanent family and home for orphaned, abandoned and other at-risk children who live in conditions of extreme poverty. Our programs provide quality education, health care and spiritual formation with the goal of raising productive members of their respective societies.
Amount Donated: $5
Day 261: Mothers Without Borders
Today’s give comes from a suggestion on Facebook, while researching Mothers Without Borders, I was moved by the work of the founder, in 1996 Kathy Headlee, a single mother of five decided to step up and help the orphans of the world. For the past 15 years, she and her organization have been actively helping children in orphanages all over the world. It is a true testament to power of one person and how one person, like you and me, can indeed make an impact and change the world for the better. Mothers Without Borders is currently working in Zambia and raising money to build a school for the 53 children who are attending school in a cleaned out chicken coop. Thanks for the heads up, Michelle.
Mothers Without Borders was formed in response to the global orphan crisis. Serving children in orphanages in Romania, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal and Bolivia and those living in the streets in Africa and India, it is our goal to send a message of hope and offer real solutions to the serious problems these children face. MWB supports the efforts of local communities and non-governmental organizations in addressing the needs of our world’s most vulnerable population - orphaned children. MWB supports community-based initiatives and develop partnerships with local organizations to find long-term, sustainable solutions. Mothers Without Borders is a child-centered organization that approaches the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in a holistic manner. They address the needs of the whole child: physical, emotional, social and educational.
Amount Donated: $10
To support Mothers Without Borders, please visit: http://www.motherswithoutborders.org
Day 259: Linkz for Kidz
While in Mexico, I was very close to Guatemala, at one point I may or may not have stepped on the shores of Guatemala. :) Seeing the range of poverty in Chiapas, I’ve heard that there are similar situations in Guatemala, so I wanted to find an organization working to help kids in Guatemala. Today, I received a gChat message from my friend Michele, who told me about Linkz for Kidz, a co-worker of hers works with Linkz for Kidz. I checked it out and while a small organization, I admire the work that they are doing.
Linkz for Kidz is a small organization formed by César and Maura Fuentes—husband and wife—who, since 1999, have worked on various projects to alleviate some of the needs of poor people living in rural communities in different small towns of Guatemala, whose needs range from potable water and electricity to food and clothes.
Linkz for Kidz is committed to better the lives of children living in forsaken places, who, every day, endure a way of life no child deserves; to provide any assistance we can by bringing them happiness, hope, and comfort; and to the best of our capacity, to do whatever we can to alleviate their basic medical, nutritional, and educational needs.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Linkz for Kidz, please visit: http://linkzforkidz.org
They are looking mostly for in-kind donations, so check out their wish list and see if you can help.
Day 249: Only Make Believe
Today is my uncle Pete’s funeral, I was asked to be a pallbearer, which I would have been honored to be. But my expedition to Mexico took me away, so today in his memory, I will write his name on a nail that I hammer into the school I am building in Chiapas. Rest in Peace, uncle Pete.
Coming from the performing arts world, I love to see groups of creative people coming together to do good in their community. Today’s give goes out to Only Make Believe, a organization in New York that puts together interactive theatrical performance and tours them around to various hospitals in their community. Their service to children battling illness is a commendable one, if you can transport a sick child to world that is illness free for even an hour, you are a hero in my book.
Only Make Believe provides interactive theatrical performances conducted by a team of three professional actors, once a week for six weeks, free-of-charge to hospitals and other medical institutions. OMB serves children living with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and is dedicated to the principle that freeing a child’s creative spirit is essential to the healing process. They travel to hospitals around the New York Metro area including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Westchester and New Jersey.
Amount Donated: $5
To support Only Make Believe, please visit: http://www.onlymakebelieve.org
Day 242: Starlight Children’s Foundation
Today’s give goes out to an organization that is focused on improving the quality of life for kids with serious illness or injury, through a variety of programs from in-hospital entertainment to other family activities. The Starlight Children’s Foundation was recommended to me by Rebecca W., she mentioned that they services they provided truly enhanced her life. She’s an awesome graphic designer, check out her work here: http://www.rwyliedesign.com
When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, the day-to-day joys of childhood take a back seat to the rigors of treatment and hospitalization. Since 1986, Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries by providing entertainment, education and family activities that help them cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.
They understand what families go through when a child is sick, and how important it is to find relief from constant worry and isolation. Their programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families with others facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone.
Unlike any other charity, Starlight offers a comprehensive menu of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings that enable them to provide ongoing support for children and families — from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment. Programs include:
- Family activities and outings that give families a chance to have fun together away from the hospital so they can relax, regroup and return home with a renewed sense of strength and hope. The events also forge important connections between families struggling with similar issues to combat feelings of isolation.
- In-hospital entertainment technology that helps kids fill hours in hospitals or treatment centers with therapeutic fun; find distraction during long or painful medical procedures; access Starlight’s online educational programs and communities; and stay connected with the outside world and keep up with school work during extended hospitalizations.
- Online communities and interactive websites that help seriously ill teens connect with each other and find tips and strategies for coping with their medical conditions.
- In-hospital playrooms, kid-friendly treatment rooms and special events that help ease the loneliness, fear and boredom that accompany hospital stays.
- Educational programming — delivered via online interactive games, ezines, webisodes, a comic book and websites — to help sick children understand common hospital procedures and manage illnesses and injuries such as cancer, sickle cell, cystic fibrosis, asthma, Crohn’s and colitis, severe burns and kidney disease.
Amount Donated: $5
To support the Starlight Children’s Foundation, please visit: http://www.starlight-midwest.org
Update: $100 was donated by reader R. S. You are a hero!