This is the coolest thing! My friend Kendra from Orlando celebrated her daughter’s Ellie’s birthday a few weeks ago. For her party, she requested that friends bring gifts to be donated to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in memory of Sadiebug! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that Sadie’s precious life is leaving such a huge mark on people’s lives, and is helping to bring a smile to so many kids–even a thousand miles away from where she lived! Thank you, Kendra, for doing this! And thank your sweet Ellie for the sacrifice she made as well! Wow–making such a big difference! 🙂
There are still some toys, etc., trickling in, but here is just an idea how the Sadie Smile Toy Drive has turned out (absolutely unbelievable!) — $2,600+ in cash donations, plus new and gently-used toys donated, amounting to:
28 bins of toys, books, and arts/crafts
3 bins of movies for all ages
$390 in iTunes gift cards for teens to download apps, books, music, etc.
20+ other random things that are too big to fit into bins
a new 32″ flat screen TV
PS3 gaming system and several PS3 games
6 bins of toys, books, and arts/crafts
Other random “necessity” type of items, like car seats (once belonging to a very sweet little blonde-haired blue-eyed girl), a playpin, etc.
4 bins of stuffed animals
3-4 bins of toys collected there
$170 donated for me to spend when I go up to Henderson on kids up there
“Thank you” is an understatement. I will forever be changed by not only the events of the past 7+ months, but also by the love and generosity coming from you all. Thank you for loving big. I pray God pours out His love in amazing ways to you all!
I’ll post pics as we are delivering all of these Sadie Smiles over the next week or two!!!
In honor and in memory of sweet 17-month-old Sadie Caroline Davis, who we lost to a rare form of leukemia in December of last year, the Davis family is collecting toys—both new and VERY gently used (plastic–easily cleanable) toys to put a Sadie Smile on the faces of kids from 0-18 years old at four different locations where kids could use a smile. This toy drive will take place in both Wilson County, TN, and Henderson, KY, and toys will be donated to the following locations:
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital (new toys for kids, and gently used for the playrooms)
Wilson County DCS (new toys for kids, and gently used for their visitation room and for foster families)
CASA (Henderson, KY–new toys for kids, and gently used for their therapy rooms and for foster families)
Lighthouse Christian Counseling (Henderson, KY–gently used toys for their playroom and therapy rooms)
For ideas on what types of toys/projects to donate, Vanderbilt has a great list that will be helpful for ideas for all locations. Click HERE to get ideas (http://www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/interior.php?mid=1166).
If you are stumped, or don’t have time to go shopping (or live out of town and want to contribute), feel free to send a check to the Sadie Davis Benefit Fund and put “Toy Drive” in the memo line. You can also send Target, Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R Us gift cards, or $10 iTunes gift cards. Tim and I will be happy to go shopping on your behalf.)
Note, all stuffed animals must be new, and will go to CASA in Henderson. Other locations cannot accept stuffed animals.
The Journey Church, Lebanon, TN
Sunday, June 9th
Sunday, June 16th
Before and after both the 9:00 and 10:30 services at the Sadie Smile table in the lobby.
Tim and Amber Davis’ Front Porch
Cobblestone Landing in Mt. Juliet
Between Wednesday, May 29th and Saturday, June 22nd
If you want to drop off at my house, or want to mail something and need my address, please message me on Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Mount Juliet Early Learning Center
214 West Division Street
Mount Juliet, TN 37122
Anywhere else you might see Tim or Amber out and about.
Memories Past & Present (this is Amber’s mom’s shop)
324 North Elm Street
Henderson, KY 42420
Between Wednesday, May 29th – Saturday, June 22nd
Questions? Call Amber at (615) 364-0223.
Thanks to each and every one of you who are able to participate in this toy drive. It won’t cure cancer or solve all of their challenges, but it will spread lots of smiles to kid and parents alike, and that’s worth so much in the hearts and lives of these families.