We’re not sure if anyone loves fall or halloween more than Little Smiles! And this year we have so many people to thank for making it a spectacular time for local kids. To kick off the fun we were invited to partner with Legacy Place’s Not-so-Spooky Spooktacular event! Families brought home a free pumpkin with a donation of any size, and the super slide was a big hit.
Then it was on to the big day. Steinger, Iscoe and Green’s WPB office donated tons of costumes, and the Junior League of the Palm Beaches donated treasure chest gifts that we used for little ones who couldn’t have candy because of their medical condition. The Inns of Court, Debthelper.com and other organizations sent us goodies and volunteers, and it was a fabulous day of treats and sweets for all.
THANK YOU to all who helped make this such a special holiday.
A lot of pediatric nurses get an assigned lunch break, but many never get the time to take it. They are going from room to room, delivering treatment, addressing crises and soothing hearts. Before they know it their shift is almost over and they are famished. So many of the nurses we meet put their little patients above all else, and we are honored when we can send them a quick lunch or dinner when we hear things are getting hectic. You knew that we helped create little smiles, and now you know we help create the big ones, too.
Little Smiles kids may have access to a desktop computer at home, but that doesn’t help them connect during their days, and sometimes months of treatment at the hospital. Many others do not have access to a computer at all, and when not at home feel completely cut off from friends, family and school. When nurses see this kind of situation, they know to come to Little Smiles for help. Feeling connected, and keeping up in school means a great deal – especially to older children. We are so very grateful for all of our donors who make this very special kind of wish come true.
We had a great time visiting all of our hospitals in October for Pediatric Nurses Week! We brought cookies and goodies, and enjoyed seeing both familiar and new faces. It was extra special week for Little Smiles’ Program Manager Ashlee Varney, as her last day at Little Smiles was just a week later. She has moved on but will always be close by, and we are even creating a little nook in our new office for kids who visit in her honor. Thanks to Ashlee and all the nurses for all the joy they’ve brought to local children!
Justin was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome or ‘HLHS’. This little trooper has gone through three open heart surgeries, eight cardiac catheterizations and is now in line to receive a brand new heart. As you can imagine this journey has been tough on the family and they need your help to see Justin through. We have helped make Justin smile, but you can help this special family directly by visiting his Go Fund Me page. Thank you for all you do for local children.