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It might have been just another day at Le Bonheur Childrenâ€™s Hospital for Amy Ford and her Child Life Specialist group, but for the 24 of us with Pilotâ€™s for Kids it was a day that we will not forget. We enjoyed visiting with approximately 30 children in the event center and with the toys we had on hand, made sure they did not leave empty handed.
The kids are always inquisitive to us pilots, but this time they seemed to be more interested in our 19 friends from the 164th Airlift Wing of MEM Air National Guard. Maybe it was the aroma of a C-17 or maybe the units rendition of Jingle Bells that wooed them over. Needless to say, the kids were all smiles. Many thanks to the 164th for joining us.
I could tell you story after story about each child we met and how they are handling having to spend time in a hospital, but I would rather share with you the words of a mother who wrote to me:
My kids are my world. I am a nurse in our hometown so I understand the feeling the kids/parents go through when their child is sick. When my daughter was admitted here via ambulance in April, they thought she had cancer, all I remember was feeling numb for days. Today I am thankful that God as allowed me to keep my precious babies and I am also thankful for the staff at LeBonheur that always take such good care of them.
Both of my children see doctors at Le Bonheur once a month for over a year. My son has high blood pressure and over growth hormones. My daughter was diagnosed with a mass in her chest the size of an orange in April this year, she has gone through treatments and the mass continues to get smaller, today she had a heart monitor placed. Neither of them like to come once a month because we end up seeing several doctors all in one day because we live 2 hours away.
Thank you for sharing your love and kindness with the children and parents here at LeBonheur. You don't know how much that means to parents that haven't seen a smile from their kids while they're sick. You did that today for many kids and their smiles were priceless, but today you and your group made it extra special for them!!
Thank you so much for all you do. Merry Christmas and God Bless you and your family.
This story is why Pilots for Kids is here!
Thanks again to all who came out and joined us at LeBonheur. I do hope that this letter from a Le Bonheur Mom will inspire you to join and help with Pilots for Kids in the future.
Be sure to click on this link for a news story: http://wreg.com/2016/12/13/pilots-for-kids-bring-presents-holiday-cheer-to-kids-at-lebonheur/
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Pilots for Kids Coordinator, Memphis
Yesterday was Giving Tuesday. I wasn't sure what this day really represents, so I went to Wikipedia for an answer. According to Wikipedia, â€œIt is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season â€¦ Giving Tuesday has been praised as an antidote to consumer culture and as a way for people to give back.â€ So, there you are and here I am to introduce myself: I am Paul Sanchez, the Pilotâ€™s for Kids Memphis coordinator and I am representing an organization that is doing their part to give back and we could use your help.
Actually, Pilotâ€™s for Kids isnâ€™t really an organization that just gives back, we just give. We give hope to children who are sick and are spending their Christmas in a hospital, or to a school child whose family has had difficulties and arenâ€™t able to provide gifts or celebrate during the holiday season. Our way of giving is to just show up and spend some of our time with these children and provide a small gift. Please visit our website: https://www.pilotsforkids.org to read more about this great organization that is all about giving. Every dollar that is donated to PFK goes directly to the kids â€“ 100 percent!
Iâ€™ve been involved with PFK for a number of years, but this will be my first year as coordinator in Memphis. Weâ€™re off to a good start, with a visit to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (http://www.lebonheur.org) set for December 13 from 1100-1300 hours.
It would be great if you are able to join us, but if not and you still want to give, you can donate directly to our toy account this year. Please go to: https://www.pilotsforkids.org/dues-donations/donations.php and on the "Direct My Donation To" drop down menu, click on MEM-Sanchez (preferred method). If you would like to donate via check, make the check payable to "MEM Pilots For Kids" and mail to: Paul Sanchez, PO Box 196, Eads, TN 38028. One-hundred percent of your donation goes directly into our MEM toy account where the funds are available immediately to spend on the children in need in our area.
The child life specialist at Le Bonheur, Amy Ford, ask that I provide her a list of how many PFK members will be visiting, so I ask that you please email me if you're able to attend. We hope to see you there!
Thank you for your interest, but more importantly the children that you help thank you.
MEM PFK Coordinator
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An exciting day planned to bring joy to the children at Le Bonheur for this Christmas season. We hope you can join us!
Dress Code: Company or military uniform preferred.
Get Directions: 848 Adams Ave, Memphis, TN 38103
Tuesday, Dec 13 we will visit the Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. The main entrance is located on 848 Adams St, Memphis TN 38103. and the parking lot is off to the right. Please try to arrive by 10:30 for a short brief on this 2 hr. event. We will meet in the cafeteria just to the left when you come into the main entrance. See you there!
Dress Code: Prefer uniform or flightsuit.
Get Directions: 848 Adams Street, Memphis TN 38103.
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