Sometimes its tough for patients to get through treatment days, even little things like taking pills daily are rough for some kids. We are there to make sure they have encouragement and smiles through it all. One of our friends at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital just needed a little extra encouragement…in the form of Legos! He was so pleasantly surprised by the Lego sets and bragged that he would probably be able to finish them in just two days. Anything to keep these little faces smiling through the difficult times!
Vanilla Ice teamed up with his daughter Dusti Rain Van Winkle, his sister, nephew and niece against actress and director Kim Fields and her family.
“We are incredibly grateful to have Rob Van Winkle as an advocate for Little Smiles,” says Little Smiles President Chip Lubeck. “He’s a local, and he sees first-hand the difference Little Smiles makes in our community. He believes in our mission to give kids the chance to be kids during difficult times.”
His donation, and every donation we receive, goes to help children right here in South Florida – to put smiles on the faces of kids in hospitals, group homes, shelters and other facilities. With pizza parties, end-of-chemo celebrations, video games and toys to help kids get through hospital stays, and more.
“Vanilla ice has been kind enough to work with Little Smiles for many, many years now,” says Little Smiles Vice President Virginia Sinicki. “But this brings our relationship to a whole new level. And we are THRILLED!!! Not only did he get us national exposure on television, but he also gifted Little Smiles his $25,000 winnings. We were all watching the show on the edge of our seats. I don’t think I’ve ever screamed so loudly at the television! I love Tootie from Facts of Life, but I was cheering for her to blow it!!”
Read more about Vanilla Ice’s donation to Little Smiles in the Sun-Sentinel.
We admire the care given at all of our pediatric hospitals, but we also love to celebrate the departure of patients! After a long stay at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, we were happy to be a part of this little princess’ “Catchya Later” party. She could not stop smiling and looking around at all her nurses and new toys.
Often times the patients in our partner facilities are in for a long haul receiving long-term care for weeks or months. In this case, we are happy to provide them with the comforts of home based on their list of favorite things. Sometimes just the snugness of a blanket can make all the difference. If you can’t tell, our little buddy here is a HUGE fan of Spiderman! He loved all of the goodies he received to make his stay feel a little more like home.
Some of our newest volunteers had the chance to work with the Jessie and Dr. Robbins from the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute at St Mary’s Medical Center to create a fun evening of crafts and viewing the stars at Quantum House. The patients were able to make their own telescopes, planets and decorate space cookies before they went out to see the stars with Dr. Robbins’ very own telescope.