New this year!
Each month we are going to offer an opportunity to "GIVE BACK" to our community!!
We would like our families to get involved!
If you have an organization that you would like us to feature, please let us know!
We will have a suggestion box on the "Giving Table" for our families and athletes to put their choice in. Each month, we will draw a name and that will be the organization that we feature the following month!
Summer Prize Winners
Summer Giving Opportunity
MENDED LITTLE HEARTS
Since 2004, MLH has provided patients and families of children with congenital heart disease with many programs that directly improve their quality of life. About 1 in every 110 babies is born with a heart defect each year. (approx. 40,000) Making it the most common birth defect in the U.S. Nearly 25% of these children will need open-heart surgery or other procedures to survive. Many times, families find out suddenly about their child's heart defect and the need for surgery after birth, and the baby is whisked away by helicopter or ambulance to a hospital in another city or state. Parents and caregivers often follow the baby, sometimes with little more than the contents of their wallet or purse.
This month, we are collecting items for "Bravery Bags"
A Bravery Bag is given to families in the hospital after their child has had heart surgery or other procedures. When a child needs a heart surgery or procedure, the whole family has to be very brave--the child himself/herself, the parents or caregivers and any siblings. The Bravery Bag helps the family have courage and strength through this time of crisis and to know they are not alone.
These adorable, reusable bags contain a water bottle (BPH-free and made in the U.S.), a stuffed lion with its birth certificate, the Courageous Heart Token, a pen, a wristband and a parent resource guide. We will add toiletry items, comfort items and items for siblings (in accordance with hospital guidelines). Receiving a bag lets the family know that someone cares about them and that they are not alone.
Items to be collected:
**TRAVEL SIZED ITEMS ONLY PLEASE**
List available at gym
Shampoo, Stuffed Animal (New With Tags), Hand Sanitizer, Notebook/Journal/Notepad, ChapStick, Word Search/Crossword, Toothpaste, Coloring Books, Toothbrush, Crayons, Bandaids, Deodorant (men and women), Hand Lotion, Tissues, Sanitary Pads, Laundry Detergent Pods, gum or Mints, Magazine (Parenting, Home, Sports, DATED WITHIN THE LAST 2 MONTHS) New Children's Books (Hospital says books can't be religious), Quart Sized Zip-Loc Bags.
Food Items for Bags:
Bottled Water/Flavored Water Packets, Hot Chocolate/Tea Bags, Cup of Soup, Individual Bags of Cookies and Crackers, Granola or Cereal Bars
** For each item you bring in, please put your name and phone number on a ticket and place in our drawing box! We will choose a name or two at the end of each week and the winner can choose a prize from our Treasure Box!!!!!
SPONSOR AN ATHLETE
Please consider making a donation to "Sponsor an Athlete" at our gym.
100% of your donation will go toward the tuition of an athlete in need!
(Please see Jacy at the desk if you have any questions)