This evening, I have a very special appeal to share with you, something near and dear to my heart. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read this post, and join me in becoming part of this story!
This quilt may look familiar to many of you...
...as may this beautiful face and smile!
For those of you who are more recent-comers to this blog, the little girl is Savannah, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma in 2006 at the age of six. As part of our quilt ministry, we made a quilt for Savannah in January of 2011. Unfortunately, Savannah went home to God in March of 2011, and is dancing with the angels now.
Savannah's story (posted here, here, here, and here) has been the most-viewed story on my blog, with well over 6000 views. Being part of her story has taught me more about the love of God than any other single event in my life, and continues to amaze me.
So now to the heart of today's post. This morning when I got on Facebook, I saw this beautiful face smiling at me, and the following post and appeal from Savannah's mom:
Please read. I need your help!
In one month, on February 23, 2016, my sweet daughter, Savannah would have turned 16 years old. While I may not be able to bake her a cake, throw her a party or take her to get her driver's license, I CAN do something special in her memory to celebrate the amazing person she was during her eleven years on this earth. During her battle against childhood cancer, we were blessed with a tremendous amount of love, support, kindness and generosity from family, friends and strangers. She may not be a patient at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital anymore, but there are many, many children who are now or will be in the future. These children will have to endure chemo, radiation, CT scans, PET scans, MRI's, blood and platelet transfusions, bone marrow biopsies, surgeries, clinic visits, hospital stays and much much more was they sacrifice their innocence and childhood. NO child should have to experience any of this, but they do...7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Speaking from our personal experience, I will tell you it takes seemingly small things to bring these children smiles, joy and happiness. One of these "small things" that Savannah loved and appreciated was socks. Yes, socks! Socks that were fuzzy, warm, colorful, fun, silly and could be worn during her time at Vandy and at home.
I'd like to donate as many pairs of new socks as possible to the boys and girls at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on February 23, 2016, Savannah's Sweet 16 birthday. Please help me in this very special mission to show some kindness to these courageous children and celebrate my little girl's day of birth.
You can either drop them off in a special purple bin on our front porch (if you're local) or mail them to me at:
Savannah's Sweet 16 Sock Drive
C/O Robin Landes
1809 Brisbane Lane
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
Please share and spread the word and help me show Savannah she will always be remembered!
**COLLECTION WILL RUN THROUGH FEBRUARY 22, 2016!
I hope you will join me in helping fulfill Robin's wish and making Savannah's Sweet 16 birthday a day of joy and remembrance, as we bring a little bit of joy and happiness to a child with cancer. It's such a small thing - and you too can be a part of the story!
You can even participate without even moving from your computer - there are some great choices on Amazon, many with Prime free two day shipping - that you can have sent directly to Robin in plenty of time! Just search "colorful children's socks" and you'll see some fabulous choices! They are looking for any size from baby to teenager, colorful and cheerful that will brighten up a child's day.
Let's flood Robin with socks to celebrate Savannah's Sweet 16, and bring joy and happiness to lots of sweet children!