Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Day 3-Make a Child Smile
Thank you to my blog friend Amanda for this terrific idea! Earlier today Amanda sent me an email with a link to this website called Make a Child Smile. You can read all about it there, but basically this non-profit site features three children with life threatening illnesses every month. Each child has a short bio describing what she has been through medically and what she is currently facing. The purpose behind the site is to encourage people to send cards or gifts to one of the featured kids to let them know other people are thinking of them.
I think this is a beautiful idea! Having faced more than most adults ever will, these children bravely fight and withstand a grueling medical regimen without many people on the outside world ever knowing about it. How lonely and forgotten must they feel sometimes? But I can imagine what a boost it would be to suddenly start getting 10, 20, maybe a 100 cards a day from complete strangers, telling you that they are thinking about you! I know that won't make the illness better or the cares of life suddenly disappear, but at least it can help lift spirits and bring some joy.
One thing I love about this site is that it provides the child's picture along with her story! Marianna and I chose Emerson since she was closest to Marianna's age, and I was able to explain her story and show Emerson's picture so that Marianna could know who she was making her card for.
Emerson and Marianna have a shared penchant for all things princess, so the card has a decidedly Christmas Princess theme-something I hope will server its purpose and help little Emerson smile!
What a great idea to turn craft time into something a little more meaningful. Thanks Amanda for filling me in! Click here to check it out, and consider writing Emerson or one of the other two girls featured this month!