The opportunity to give back to those in need is something that I feel very strongly about. But I think since becoming a mom and realizing just how lucky I am to have two healthy little boys, I’ve really found that my heart holds a special place for the children and their families who may not be as fortunate.
Last year, I had the incredible honor of being able to make a large donation of children’s books to our local children’s hospital (Albany Medical Center) here in Albany, NY. Some of you may already know that, at that time, I was working with a company that sells really amazing children’s books, and I was able to donate over $2000 worth of brand new books to the hospital. The experience of delivering those books, meeting some of the families and staff of the hospital, and hearing the stories of both hope and heartache is something that will forever be etched in my heart.
I left the hospital that day feeling incredibly emotional and thankful for all of the wonderful blessings I’ve had in my life. I also left knowing that I would want to continue to be able to give back to those children and their families however I could, but after I left as a consultant for that company, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d be able to give back again in a big way.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of volunteering with my incredible coworkers at our local Ronald McDonald House, which provides a haven of comfort, love, hope and support – free of charge – for critically ill children and their families. The gratitude and appreciation from everyone in the house was so heartwarming, and seeing just how big of an impact something so seemingly small can make was really incredible, and eye-opening.
One of the things I remember quite well from my first visit to the hospital, and something that was also reiterated on my second visit, was just how quickly things can change for families. There have been times where children have been rushed in by emergency services or even by parents who live hours away, and suddenly, they realize they aren’t going to be leaving anytime soon. Although I was fortunate enough to have my personal situation be rather mild compared to many others, I too, suddenly found myself in the hospital with Alex for 3 days last year, when I had anticipated being there for maybe an hour or two, max. You just never know.
With that in mind, I had an idea and I reached out to the Albany Ronald McDonald House with a different way to be able to give back and spread some holiday cheer to the families at the house, and I was thrilled to discover that they loved the idea.
So this year, I am hosting a Family Care Kit fundraiser for the families with children in the hospital, as well as those that come to stay in the Albany Ronald McDonald House.
I’ve made a goal for myself of donating 30 kits, which are Beautycounter’s Travel Body Essentials holiday set. The set includes our Citrus Mimosa Body Wash, Hydrating Body Lotion, Hand Cream, and Body Bar, all of which can be welcomed surprises, especially for those that wind up having to stay unexpectedly, or long-term.
So now, through the end of November, I am looking for individuals to sponsor a kit. Each kit costs $35.
If you’d like to make a donation towards a kit, please feel free to fill out the form below (you can also reach out to me via email – sweettoothcourtney at gmail dot com):
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you all for allowing me to share this opportunity with you! I am truly so excited to be able to give back to these families. <3