909 Prairie Street, Adel, IA
515-993-1170 0r
Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm (Note: December Hours are 10 am to 4 pm)

Monday, November 30, 2015

Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, December 1, is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, and we hope that you will join us in helping kids feel better to heal better!


A hospital experience can be terrifying for both a child and his or her family. Our founder, Cindy, and her husband, Gavin Kerr, know just how terrifying the experience was for Ryan, their girls and for each of them. Like many families who experience traumatic health care experiences, they suffer from symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) that challenge them to this day. They are not alone!
▪ 49% of adolescents develop mild to severe symptoms of PTS following cancer treatment
▪ 30% of young hospital patients develop severe PTS symptoms following a serious illness
▪ 42% of mothers of cancer patients develop symptoms of PTS post treatment
▪ 25% of siblings develop moderate to severe symptoms of PTS
In addition to providing bright, colorful pillowcases to give hospitalized children an emotional boost, we recently partnered with experts at the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress to develop resources and tools to help entire families better understand and cope with the difficult experience.
Our goal for the #GivingSmiles Challenge is to raise $10,000 to help us support our newly expanded mission and initiatives. Please donate as much or as little as you can, and help us spread the word and raise awareness by sharing the #GivingSmiles Challenge on social media and with friends and family.


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