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Christmas and Valentine's Day

BIG Love was very successful in bringing Christmas cheer to the hospitals this holiday season. For Texas Children´s Hospital, we were able to cater a chopped beef sandwich lunch, thanks to my brother Gaby, as well as give hand made blankets, board games, DVD movies and restaurant gift cards to all of the 36 rooms on the cancer floor. For Arkansas Children´s Hospital, we were blessed by Mimi´s Café who gladly donated a large Christmas meal for the entire third floor. They provided turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and desserts. They not only cooked all day on Christmas when the restaurant was closed, but they delivered all the food and helped us make plates and deliver meals to each room. Their generosity greatly blessed our hearts. We were also able to deliver gifts to each cancer kid. It was so much fun to watch the kids open their presents. I know we made the holiday a little brighter.

Because Valentine´s Day is a LOVE Holiday, we like to make this a BIG celebration at the hospitals. Besides providing Gift Baskets to each child, we are also going to cater a meal. Items to collect for Gift Baskets: We will separate and group items together based on age(birth to 20) and gender. Do not wrap items or put in a basket. Please drop-off all items by Friday, February 8th in order to give us time to organize everything. Drop-off sites are listed on our website. Valentine Gift Sets, Heart Chocolate Boxes, Valentine New Stuffed Animals (no beanie babies), Valentine mugs, cups, pencils, erasers, etc., Valentine Candy, Hats, Bandanas, Blankets, Soft Pillow Cases and Towels, Snacks, Drinks, Socks, House Shoes, Books, Magazines, Puzzles, Crossword Puzzles, Coloring Books and Crayons, Movies, Games, Art and Craft Kits, Bath and Lotion Sets, and McDonald´s, Subway, Sonic or Chick Fil A Gift Cards. Sponsor a Cancer Kid for Valentine´s Day: To be more specific and personal with our gift baskets this year, you can sponsor a particular cancer kid and collect gifts "perfect" for them. However, you will not know the age and gender of your child until approximately a week before Valentine´s Day (It is hard to know way in advance who will be inpatient on a particular day). If you would like to do this please let me know. I will call you (or e-mail you) a week before and let you know the age and gender of your child. We are setting a price of about $70-$100 for each basket. Many of our baskets last year were made by several families or friends who did their basket together. Please deliver your "ready-to-go" baskets on February 12th to the drop-off sites listed on our webpage or to TCH or ACH. We need 15 sponsors in AR and 36 in TX. All the extra items that we collect above can then be given to the kids at the clinic.

Thank you for helping to make this holiday EXTRA Special!

Chaney and Jessica Phillips