Vanilla Ice Wins $25,000 for Little Smiles

Vanilla Ice Wins $25,000 for Little Smiles

Rapper, DIY Network star and Palm Beach County resident Vanilla Ice, aka Rob Van Winkle, made his “Celebrity Family Feud” debut Sunday, Aug. 26, winning $25,000 for Little Smiles!

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.

Little Smiles Throws “Christmas in July” Celebration

Little Smiles Throws “Christmas in July” Celebration

Local teens played the roles of Santa’s helpers to bring some holiday spirit to pediatric patients at West Palm Beach’s Quantum House during a “Christmas in July” celebration.

On July 27, Little Smiles organized the party with fresh-baked cookies, a hot chocolate bar, “snowball” fight, crafts and a visit from Santa, complete with gifts for each child.

The patients, who ranged from one year old to 14, came from all over the world to stay at Quantum House, a facility next to St. Mary’s Medical Center where families of sick children can stay during treatment.

“We were looking for a way to get our teen and pre-teen volunteers involved while on summer break,” said Little Smiles Volunteer Coordinator Camie Swinson. “Quantum House immediately came to mind as the perfect setting for a Christmas in July Celebration. It was incredible to see our young volunteers interacting with the children there for treatment. There were smiles everywhere, especially when Santa showed up.

 

 

Support Baby Quinn

Support Baby Quinn

Our friend Quinn has been diagnosed with a very rare form of Leukemia. Please read this sweet baby’s story and donate to Quinn’s GoFundMe page if you are able to, every contribution will help this family.

 

Volunteer Profile: Reina Delgado

Volunteer Profile: Reina Delgado

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!

Welcome Home Beckett!

Welcome Home Beckett!

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!