In preparation for the grand opening of the pediatric unit on March 26, we brought over a little red wagon, toys, snacks and video games.
We can’t help but brag about our amazing volunteers. Little Smiles volunteer Reina Delgado has been helping us create smiles for more than two years.
She first volunteered for Little Smiles with a friend at the Feast of Little Italy two years ago. At the Feast they helped kids make get well cards to send to children in local hospitals. This really resonated with Reina because when she was 10 she had her appendix out, but had complications and had to stay in the hospital for a while. During her stay, the nurses brought her an Easter basket and she even got a visit from a leprechaun. So she identified with Little Smiles mission from the start and continued to volunteer.
Last year, Reina decided to join the Navy. Before leaving for boot camp in February, she decided to volunteer with Little Smiles as much as she could.
We are so grateful to have Reina as part of the Little Smiles volunteer team. She volunteered at the Feast again and was instrumental in helping to get our Toy Drive up and running. Reina is always eager and available at the last minute whenever we needed help.
Reina has enlisted for four years in the United States Navy, but she can see herself staying for eight. She is studying to become a mass communication specialist focusing on photo journalism. We are so proud of Reina and incredibly thankful to have her as part of the Smile Squad!
We were beyond thrilled to welcome home Beckett, one of our former Stars Ball stars! His Little Smiles family surprised him at the airport when he arrived back home on February 25 after a long road of treatment out of state. We are so happy Beckett is home with his family!
You need to meet our partners in smiles! These are companies with a heart for children in distress who come back year after year to fuel our mission. Many get involved in working directly with children as well. We are so grateful for their steadfast support which helps us respond to nurse requests every day of the year. A very special thank you to all of the sponsors of our 13th Annual Little Smiles Stars Ball. YOU ARE A SHINING STAR FOR LOCAL KIDS IN NEED!
Little Smiles was honored to provide a stunning gown for a young lady living at the Place of Hope. She had a very special event to attend, so Little Smiles worked with East Coast Bridals to make sure she was fitted with the perfect dress! She looked absolutely gorgeous. We hope the experience gave her the confidence to truly enjoy her special evening.
Place of Hope is a unique, faith-based, state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services for youth aging out of foster care; housing and support services for homeless families; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect.
A love letter to nurses…
To our dear, lovely nurses,
You hold a very special place in our hearts. You are the lifeline of Little Smiles. You are the gentle souls who take care of our local children day in and day out. You attend to their needs and let us know how we can help. Without you, we would be nothing…
So this Valentine’s Day, we’d like to ask all of our nurses… “Will you be our Valentine?”
We got to spend some time with our nurse valentines this Valentine’s Day and delivered some delicious food and special goodies.