Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX Main Campus and West Campus.
Coordinators: Kerri Schaefer and Family
In loving memory of Malachi Schaefer
Joyful times while enduring childhood cancer can seem few and far between. The daily routine of doctors, treatments, medications, etc. can overshadow the times in which families typically celebrate. Holidays are especially difficult and are sometimes forgotten due to the demands placed on the child and family. But our family remembers the joy that arrived for us on Valentine's Day 2007 in the form of a basket. Filling the basket were things that helped us in our daily routine, such as bath towels, snacks, toys. The contents were overflowing with fun for our children to share and useful things for my husband and I to use as well. More than the contents of the basket, it was the desire of other people, whom we had not met, to help our family in a time of difficulty. True service by others. Malachi's Miles of Smiles Holiday Gift Baskets exist today so that in some small way joy might be added to an otherwise unbearable situation.
"Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people." Philemon 1:7
Malachi's Miles of Smiles Holiday Gift Baskets was started in 2007 by B.I.G. Love Cancer Care and continues to bring loads of smiles today in honor of our son Malachi Schaefer. Malachi was the first patient at Texas Children's Cancer Center to receive all three baskets during the first year this ministry began. He had acute myeloid leukemia and spent five straight months in the hospital. After passing away just two days after Father's Day, his parents began giving back to B.I.G. Love Cancer Care by gathering donations for Holiday Baskets. In 2010, they partnered with Memorial Church of Christ to take over the basket ministry permanently and expanded it to include Texas Children's West Campus in 2011. It has been a rewarding ministry for the Schaefer Family and a way for Memorial Church of Christ to serve others in the Houston Community.
Ben and Kerri Schaefer
Contact information:Jessica Phillips - Director/Founder
Kerri Schaefer (Memorial Church of Christ) - Holiday Gift Basket Coordinator – TCH
Holidays are a major undertaking for B.I.G. Love. Besides providing various catered meals and gift cards for every holiday, throughout the year, we also provide large gift baskets for each cancer family at TCH for Mother's Day, Father's Day and Valentine's Day ranging in price from $50-$100 each.
- Valentine's Day Baskets: Blanket, stuffed animal, Valentine items and candy, drinks,
snacks and $25 gift card to Wal-Mart or Target (for the child). You can put your items in a tote, Rubbermaid container
or basket. The kids range in age from birth to 21 years old, so try to make the baskets as generic as possible.
- Mother's Day Gift Totes: Book light, house shoes or socks, razors, shaving cream, body Lotion, shower gel, bath scrubber, dental floss, tissues, pedicure or manicure set, lip balm/lip gloss, thank you cards or stationary set, pens, journal, crossword/game books, disposable camera, large soft towel or blanket, snacks (chips, pretzels, cookies, crackers, etc.), drinks (waters, tea or juice), coffee mug, and flavored creamer. Put all the Mother's Day items in a sturdy tote bag.
- Father's Day Duffel Bags: Razors, shaving cream, deodorant, shower gel, lip balm, dental floss, $10 in quarters (for vending machines), flashlight, crossword/game books, baseball cap, blanket, socks, snacks (chips, pretzels, cookies, crackers, etc.), drinks (waters, tea or juice), insulated coffee mug, and flavored creamer. Put all items in a Duffel bag.