Project Sunshine

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough." - Oprah Winfrey

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that helps provide free educational (tutoring and mentoring), recreational (arts), and social programs (HIV and nutritional counseling) to over 60,000 children who are suffering from medical challenges and their families.With the help of over 10,000 volunteers, Project Sunshine is able to create and deliver programs in 175 cities in the United States, Canada, China, Israel, Kenya and Puerto Rico.

"Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment." 

There are various programs that Project Sunshine provides including: Book Buddies/Club, Paint the Halls, Star Day, Teen Programming and more. These programs range from bringing the children joy and optimism during the holidays to getting them caught up on school work that they miss while they're hospitalized. 

So how can you help? 
- Sunshine Giving: You can provide programs and materials to hospitalized children and their families by donating money or supplies.
- Honor and Memorial Giving: You can make a contribution in the name of a loved one.
- Good Cards: Good Cards are gift cards that can be redeemed as donations by Project Sunshine.
- Sunshine Shop: You can shop at the online Sunshine Shop. All money goes toward Project Sunshine.
To learn more ways that you can help visit their website here.

I love that there are organizations like this out there that are dedicated to helping children that are suffering with various medical conditions feel like normal, healthy kids or even getting them to that point. It breaks my heart seeing kids having to go through so much pain, so the fact that Project Sunshine is dedicated to helping brighten those kids' days, it just puts a huge smile on my face and warms my heart. Make sure you are always thankful for what you have, where you are, and that you are still alive and breathing. Keep doing what you do!

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