Unfortunately, sometimes children who are nominated as stars for our Stars Ball are unable to attend the gala. This year Maja was nominated, and sadly unable to participate due to hospitalization. We were able to recognize Maja as an honorary star at the Stars Ball and deliver gifts to her in the following weeks.
We want to do everything we can to support our stars! It was a pleasure to be there for her last weekend as she hosted her own pink lemonade stand in the park!
We are so pleased when the community goes above and beyond to support our partner facilities. Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA) was in dire need of basic supplies for their shelter. When we shared this with our donors and local community, we had an outpouring of support. Thanks to your donations, we filled an entire van (plus some) full of hundreds of shampoos, pillows, sheets, baby formula and more. We love our Little Smiles supporters!
One of the wonderful facilities we partner with is Gilda’s Club of South Florida. They provide support for families and children who are affected by cancer. Every year they host a fun night in Noogieland for the families. Our amazing volunteer took the night to deliver candies, refreshments and smiles to all of the kids at Noogiefest!
Kids are so resilient, and sometimes they just need another chance to celebrate! That’s what this little guy told us when we came to celebrate his birthday a day later. He said, “I’m so happy because I really needed a birthday redo, yesterday was no fun.” He was so excited to receive Pokemon collector cards, that he told us completed his birthday celebration continuation!
The nurses and staff were excited for a Halloween treat from Little Smiles, costumes, candy and fresh popped popcorn!
Often times children are hospitalized during their favorite days of the year, their BIRTHDAY! At Little Smiles, we make sure they are celebrated with balloons, cupcakes, and of course a birthday surprise! It is so fun to see their little faces light up when they see what their nurse has requested for them. (Especially for this mini Moana fan!) Happy birthday sweet girl!