In 2011, we started an annual event to bring a holiday dinner and gifts to children and their families admitted to Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. over the holiday season. We raised over $2,000 and were able to bring two Turkeys and enough sides and desserts to feed the children and families stuck in the hospital over the Holiday, as well as the medical staff who volunteered to work on Christmas Eve. Additionally, we donated bags of toys and gifts, and gift cards for gas and groceries to help families struggling under the weight of medical costs.
In 2012, we were also able to buy the hospital much needed hospital-grade baby swings.
We're gearing up for this year's event and would be happy to accept any help or donations offered.
The following is a list of things we are hoping to collect or purchase - many come from the hospital's wish-list:
1. Monetary donations will go toward providing dinner for the children and their families "stuck" in the hospital over the holidays.
2. Also, grocery and gas gift cards for families struggling with the cost of medial expenses and providing for their families/driving back and forth from the hospital. Area stores include Safeway, Giant, Shell, Exxon, etc.
3. Donations of toys to give ages infant through teen - new, in package, if used it must be able to be wiped clean. Books, Movies/DVDs and games, crafts that the kids can use in the hospital rooms to pass the time. These are not needed as much as there is a local charity - Cole's closet - that provides much of this. *MOST OF WHAT IS NEEDED IN THIS CATEGORY IS NEW TOYS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS/Preschoolers (as the majority of the kids are in that age group), as well as ARTS & CRAFTS SUPPLIES*.
4. iTunes Gift Cards to purchase iPad Apps to help distract little ones while they get blood drawn, get an IV or PICC line placed, need to lay still for a CT scan or Sonogram, etc.
**Important Note: Liver Mommas is not currently an NPO and any donation made will not be tax deductible. We are currently working to acheive NPO/501c status.
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