For the last 5 years or so, we’ve helped try to make the lives of children, and their families, a little brighter during the Christmas Holiday by volunteering to take and print photos of children with cancer, leukemia, sickle-cell, and other afflictions. The kids and their families come in, meet with Santa, get their picture taken with him, get gift certificates, candy, choose wonderful toys, have a great meal (AND lots of cookies, candy and ice cream!), play games, and generally have a great time. It is very rewarding.
Here are some of the highlights from the evening.
We couldn’t have worded it better ourselves, so We’ll share with you a note from Executive Secretary, Shirley Landgraf (left in small image below), that sums up the evening nicely.
Good Day All,I just wanted to thank everyone who helped make this year’s party a tremendous success once again! From the family whose child was in foster care last year to the mother who has completely recovered from her own catastrophic illness to the teens who are preparing to celebrate “last day of chemo” soon, every family remarked on how important the holiday party is to them. Many thanks to all of you who included behind the scenes preparation of the staff such as our “mini-Martha’s crafters” of the PEZ containers, the tireless registration desk ladies, our own Georgia Peach Energizer Bunny, Peggy, organizing the games and so many who worked with me to get it all together. And what would we have done without the Kidz in Concert who kept the party really bouncin’, Licata’s fabulous food, and the thoughtful & caring Santa, the Marines Toys for Tots, all the elves from the Waterford Twp Women’s Club and St. Paul’s Catholic School, and Capone Photographers’ very kind family! Over 325 present for 68 families, 160+ kids and 80 volunteers. What a wonderful evening! The joys on our patients faces was priceless!So, thank you all for the care and compassion you gave our patients and their families. We have been blessed once again for your thoughtful participation.Shirley