Last year for Blake’s first birthday we did a toy drive in her honor. We collected toys and comfort items for other babies who had been diagnosed with SMA. It was wildly successful, mostly due to all of your generous donations, and we were able to send boxes and boxes to Cure SMA.
On our girl’s second birthday back in September, I just didn’t have it in me to organize something. In lieu of that, we decided to do a different kind of drive for the holidays. We will be collecting items for families who have children who have long stays in the hospital for whatever reason.
I have a special place in my heart for families who spend chunks of time in the hospital for obvious reasons. In the SMA community, a common cold can send kids like Blake to the PICU for weeks, sometimes months. They’re literally fighting to live because of a cold. My eyes have also been opened to all kinds of families who spend way too much time in the hospital. Because of that, I’ve contacted our local hospital (Seattle Children’s) and gotten their suggestions for care package items. We’ll be collecting these items, putting them together and delivering them as we get closer to Christmas.
We want to bring a little bit of Blake’s sunshine to those stuck in the hospital. We want them to know they are thought of and cared for.
This Amazon Wish List is merely a list of suggestions. Feel free to buy off the list (items will be delivered to my door) or contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Still Finding Sunshine on Facebook if you have other ideas or would like an address to ship your items to.
I want to say thank you for reading this, thank you for donating and thank you for keeping my little girl in your heart. I can’t do a ton on my own but with your help we can do big things!