During the month of January when you shop at Mama Jean's Markets at their 3 locations in Springfield, MO they will be collecting Spare Change for Discovery Arts!
We'd like to personally THANK Susie Farbin and Diana Hicksand, and the entire staff of MaMa Jean's Markets for including Discovery Arts in their Change for Change Program this month. Every month MaMa Jean’s highlights a local charitable organization for their Spare Change for Change program. Canisters are available at each register for one month, and MaMa Jean’s matches donations given by our customers up to $250.
MaMa Jean's Markets are special ... healthy food and products, community outreach, wonderful events, a deli, and coming soon ... online shopping. We are thrilled to have wonderful friends like MaMa Jean's who focus on healthy living.
We'll keep you posted on the opening of their online shopping soon for our friends around the world!
Find out for yourself the many specials here > MaMa Jean's Markets
... as a child dances into hearts at the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center
Discovery Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving 6 hospitals in California for 20 years. Mercy Children’s Hospital, in Springfield, MO, is the first hospital in the Midwest to be given the opportunity to experience Discovery Arts. The program has been at Mercy for nearly three years and just recently, I became the coordinator. “Our mission is to bring art, music, dance and drama to children with cancer, serious blood disorders and life threatening illness while they are receiving treatment.” For many, their greatest wish is normalcy.
Today was a day to remember. I would reach beyond the comfort I had found bringing Discovery Arts to the children hospitalized on the Pediatrics floor, by introducing myself and the program to the Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, a St. Jude Affiliate Clinic, at Mercy Children’s Hospital - Springfield. The walk down the hall was long in anticipation of all the new children. Emotions were evoked as images came to mind. I took a deep breath and opened the door to the new facility, pleasantly allured by colorful paintings and photographs, displayed with museum style and lighting.
I met a child, who instantly captured my heart. Today was her fifth birthday. She had a purple and white cake to celebrate. She wanted to see what gifts I brought for her and was ready to participate. I put on a CD of song birds to lead into the nature theme. She curiously looked around the room for birds. My artistic task was face painting. At first, it seemed to be too tickly, but she pointed to her foot. I painted a butterfly. She pointed to her other foot. I painted a heart. As I brought out costumes, she pointed to and put on the green fairy skirt and the matching headband with pink flowers. I handed her a silver, sparkly wand.
First she touched mommy with the wand. It was heartwarming. She quickly learned that the wand was magical and we were all under her spell, as she touched Child Life Specialists, Suzanne Cook, followed by Kristi Donovan and made them twirl. Of course I had a turn, as did the medical staff, whose watchful eyes peeked in because there was a party going on! She had to be disconnected from her IV, as she got up from her pillows and climbed down to twirl on the floor. She had just seen the movie Happy Feet, which explained her barefoot dance to the music she seemed to hear in her mind, though the room was silent.
I stood in the middle of a cancer center, with chills of an awakening perspective. I was in the presence of a precious, whimsical child, dressed up like a fairy princess with a smile that lit up the room, dancing freely across the floor in complete and total bliss. For a moment, she was able to forget about the lengthy treatments she was receiving. It was her birthday! She had a cake, a costume and was surrounded by love. For a moment, that was all that mattered. Yes, today was a day to remember.
Be a part of the promise that hospitalized children will be provided with all the creative and normalization opportunities as their “well” peers. Give generously to increase the quality of life for these children. How you can help!
~ Janel Alicia
“Be a Super Hero for Halloween” by Donating a Costume to a Child Receiving Cancer Treatment
Pennypickle's Workshop, at the Temecula Children's Museum, in Old Town Temecula has joined with Discovery Arts to be a drop-off point for people donating Halloween costumes to children who are in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment.
Discovery Arts is asking for the communities’ participation and is encouraging others to honor children who are in the hospital receiving treatment for cancer or other life threatening diseases, by dropping off costumes at Pennypickle’s Workshop in Old Town Temecula until November 11, 2011.
“If you happen to be out and see costumes on sale during the Halloween season, keep us in mind. The girls love to be pretty princesses and the boys love to be strong superheroes. The children become very attached to their costumes and they are a great source of fantasy for them when their lives are disrupted by the unthinkable. We give our children a brand new costume each and every time they are in the hospital, all year long. They LOVE them... they sleep in them, they do shows in them, and we’ve even had one of our patients arrive in an ambulance at the hospital dressed in her Cinderella costume!! We are thrilled that Pat Camerchero of Pennypickle’s Workshop so kindly offered to have the Temecula Children’s Museum as a drop off point, said Discovery Arts Executive Director Marilyn Clements.
Pennypickle’s Workshop, at the Temecula Children’s Museum is located at 42081 Main Street in Old Town Temecula. Pennypickle's gift shop is operated by the Friends of the Temecula Children's Museum, a group of volunteers charged with aiding Pennypickle's Workshop with fundraising and sponsorship opportunities that support operations and programs at the museum. For more information visit: Penny Pickles Workshop
Discovery Arts serves over 3,500 children and their families each year. With programs at Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Miller Children's Hospital, Jonathan Jaques Children's Cancer Center at Millers, CHOC at Mission, Fountain Valley Regional Medical Center, St. John’s Children’s Hospital Springfield, Missouri. Plans are in development to bring Discovery Arts ‘Arts Adventures’ to children in Dallas Hospitals. All of Discovery Arts' programs and services are free of charge to the hospitals, patients and their families.
Bringing the healing power of the arts to children who are in the hospital undergoing treatment for cancer or life-threatening illness.