I’m so excited to have Sarah from Life and Grace here to share her service project. I highly recommend visiting her blog, especially to read about her daughter Evie. It is such a beautiful and heart-wrenching story. All the more reason I am so inspired with how Sarah has turned that loss to something so positive: Little Ladybug Shoppe.
Hi there! My name is Sarah and I blog over at Life and Grace. Recently I launched my own little service project, Little Ladybug Shoppe, in honor of my daughter, Evie Caris, who died four hours after she was born.
About six weeks before Evie was born my husband and I had an appointment with a neonatologist at our local children’s hospital to discuss Evie’s postnatal care. Upon entering the lobby I noticed a young cancer patient sitting near a window, her hair gone from the chemo treatments she was enduring. She needs a headband, I thought. I vowed then and there to somehow find a way to make headbands to give to little girls like this one.
Not quite five months later, Little Ladybug Shoppe was born and donated several sets of headbands and accessories to the oncology floor at that same children’s hospital. And now another unique opportunity has presented itself.
Little Ladybug Shoppe will soon begin working on 50 sets of hair accessories and 50 superhero capes to be given out to the patients of Edmarc Hospice for Children. And the best part … I will be able to personally distribute these items at their Family Picnic in June. So unbelievably exciting!
Certainly it’s a lofty goal to attain, but not impossible. Here is where you come in:
Ways to give:
- Donate money! You can donate to the Little Ladybug Shoppe through the paypal button on my blog (located on the right hand sidebar). All donations will be used to purchase the supplies needed to create the hair accessories and superhero capes for Edmarc’s patients. My estimate is that it will cost somewhere between $400-$500 to create these items.
- Donate supplies! Here is a list of items needed: nylons (any and all colors, preferably bright, fun ones), plain metal alligator clips, or fabric (again, bright fun colors, preferably solid or with a very subtle pattern). If you’d like to donate any of these supplies, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you my mailing address.
- Purchase an item from my amazon store! All proceeds will go toward purchasing supplies for the Little Ladybug Shoppe.
- Purchase ad space! If you are a blogger or business owner, consider purchasing ad space on Life and Grace. Again, all money made through my blog will go directly into funding the Little Ladybug Shoppe’s service projects.
- But most importantly … be inspired! I truly am humbled and touched that you are interested in donating to the Little Ladybug Shoppe, but I would love for LLS to inspire you to create your own service project. Maybe you can host a craft show to help fund a friend’s adoption or hold a car wash to benefit a food bank in your area. Many not-for-profit organizations have a “wish list” on their website – maybe you can think of a creative way to provide some of those much-needed items.