When I began my journey with Thirty One in 2011, my goal was to make a difference. My spiritual gifts as “helps and encouragement” so I want to continue to do just that!
Today is the kickoff of my “3rd Annual CHEMO CARES TOTES” Campaign.
Here is the message I received from last year’s recipients:
Wanted to let you know I have handed out all of the beautiful bags you had donated for women battling breast cancer. Each person loved the bag and it put a smile on their face to know someone was kind and providing a sense of support as they started their chemotherapy treatments. Thank you again for supporting our patients.
Yes, I cried!… Now, I get goosebumps every time I read this. Cancer has touched each of us in someone way – a friend, a family member, a sister, a mother, a father, a child, and the list goes on.
This project is near and dear to my heart. It is a tribute to my family who fought a good fight against this dreaded disease and lost: Edythe (kidney cancer), Elsie (breast cancer), Pop-pop (lung cancer) and the most recent angel, my dad (prostrate cancer). I spent many hours in the Oncology Units with Elsie and Edythe as they underwent chemo treatments. I held their hand when they struggled with the insertion of the needles in their pic line. I was there when they were sick from the chemo and sat by their bedside when they were too weak to go out. As a friend said #cancersucks. It takes many from us long before their time. It ravages families. It leaves children parentless. It has parents burying children way to soon.
Recently due to my own health struggles, I have spent many hours in the infusion units of the local hospitals. I am blessed to only have to be there a short time – time for blood work and special testing. The many women I have seen are not there for a one time visit, they are there for weeks of painful treatments. They smile and carry on conversations while encouraging each other. My heart breaks and the tears come each time I leave the unit for I know what their struggles are like.
Your gift/ sponsorship of $25 will pay for the bag and I will use 100% of my commission to fill them with a variety of things like a blanket/scarf, notepad, pen, bottle of water, lotion, warm socks, chap stick and crossword puzzle book. Donations will again be delivered to the local Cancer Care Center to bring a smile to the face of those who are fighting this dreadful disease.
Last year, we delivered 31 bags to Southern Ocean Medical Center. This year, my goal is again 31 BUT I would love to make it 50. I know it is a HUGE jump but I am confident we are up for the challenge. So, who is with me? For $25 you can bring a smile to someone who is fighting the cancer battle.
You can sponsor a bag in memory of someone, in honor of someone or just anonymously. Payments can be made via check or through Paypal at hopesgiftcloset@@comcast.net as a friend/family. I can also accept credit card payments directly.
Won’t you help to make a difference today?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!