Through one of the local agencies, Jacob's Heart, who provides services to childhood cancer patients and their families, we have already adopted 28 children fighting cancer and their families for the holidays. They each had a "wish list" of three gifts while the parents had "wishes" for gas cards. With your generous help, these families are going to have a holiday they won't soon forget.
If you are involved, the wrapped and labeled gifts with the family # need be dropped off at my house on December 5th. I'm sure you've received the email ;-). We would be happy to take the families more gift cards in any amount from Target, Kmart, gas cards and grocery gift cards.
If you would still like to be a part of adopting a family, there is still a need for car maintenance and tires for these families. They spend many hours in the car driving back and forth to the hospital. Angela has set up a fund, talked to local mechanics and arranged for discounted tires at a local shop. Please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information.
Adoption for families through another local bay area foundation called "There With Care" is still needed. Please contact this organization if you are still interested in adopting a family.
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Team G Toy Drive
Trust me, I'd rather have all the money spent on toys go to curing childhood cancer but I truly believe that a little happiness for these children will lift their spirits and help them fight this disease. Below is a list of acceptable items for the children at the hospital. The gifts need to be new and in their original packaging. We are asking for gifts to be delivered by December 20th. Santa and some elves will be joining us on December 21st to arrive at Lucile Packard 1 North (Cancer Unit) to deliver the gifts.
If you are wanting to participate, please email email@example.com for drop off information.
Team G Holiday Cookies
You can't go through the holidays without some good cookies to buy! Near and dear to my heart, we are selling cookies by the dozen for the holidays and all the funds will go to Cookies for Kids Cancer. The flavors will be chocolate chip and shortbread. They'll be wrapped with a pretty holiday bow and sold baked for $22 and unbaked for $20. This is a great way to say "thank you" to teachers, family gifts, christmas parties, hostess gifts, or just to enjoy at home!
Cookies will be available for sale by the dozen at Surf City Coffee at the Aptos and Scotts Valley locations for the weekends of December 7th, December 14th and December 21st. They will also be available at a couple of the local schools and a few other places. Eventbrite page to come and information will be posted on Facebook.
If you just don't have the time to shop for anyone else, don't want to spend more money on more toys, or just don't want to add inches to your waistline (all totally understandable); you can always make a donation to Cookies for Kids Cancer, Jacob's Heart, Lucile Packard Foundation (make a notation specifically for childhood cancer research) or Make a Wish Foundation.
Thank you again for making this happen and for ALL that you are doing to give these families something to look forward to this holiday season. With the lack of time, the stress of having an ill child, the trips to the hospital and the huge commitment it takes to care for a child with cancer, not to mention paying the medical bills on a limited income, these families will be incredibly grateful for your support. They will never forget how special you will make them feel and in return, you and your children will always remember helping another family in need this Christmas.
In Gratitude and Hope,