what Leprechauns do to help make a difference
Many donors come back year after year to help make Christmas bright for families of children being treated at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Sickle Cell Division, MetroHealth System and Cleveland Clinic Rehab Treatment Center. It thrills me to receive “Be an Angel” forms, an email or phone call to see if we’re still doing the Adopt-a-Family program.
Yes, this is our 28th year of helping families. It started with one Rainbow Leprechaun in 1988, then the Board adopted families, then Leprechaun followers were given the opportunity because they wanted to do something to help families. The Adopt-a-Family program is perfect, because our anonymity is maintained, the families get the Christmas of a lifetime and donors feel great because they have been able to help a family who would not have a nice Christmas.
It is difficult for anyone who has a sick child at any time of the year; the entire family is involved in dealing with the lack of funds, even more so when there are no funds to use, with Christmas as their reason to be merry. Child Life Supervisors and nurses choose the families because they know the circumstances of the families.
It is especially touching when a mother or caretaker states that they don’t want anything for themselves, “Just a nice Christmas for my family.” Oftentimes the caretakers are Grandparents, a single parent, sometimes a mother has died, and the dad has stepped up to be sure the children are cared for, possibly a sister who has taken the responsibility to take care of her own as well as children of a sibling. All are on limited incomes and have difficulty providing the necessities like boots, warm coats or blankets and yes, even beds. The Foundation provides the beds and bedding, because this is too much to ask a donor to provide.
If you would like to join the Leprechaun Donors, again, or for the first time, feel free to download the Adopt-a-Family form. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 440-235-5025.
We'd like to thank everyone who helped make the 6th Annual Tee'd Off: For the Kids Golf Outing held on Saturday, August 20th at Bob-O-Link on Center Road in Avon, Ohio, possible.
And we mean everyone. Whether you came and played and enjoyed the contests, prizes, food and drink or helped with donations, sponsored a hole or helped keep the whole thing running smoothly, you all have our sincerest gratitude.
And a very special thank you to Katie Wilson, for once again organizing a great event and allowing The Leprechaun Foundation to be the recipient of the proceeds from her 6th Annual Tee'd Off: For the Kids Golf Outing. We can't say thank you enough for the wonderful job you and the event coordinators did. Bravo.
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