Hi team! It’s been a while since we caught up on all God is doing through 818 Ministries this year – it’s exciting! We are so excited to be focusing in on planning Impact Squad visits that will help us continue to fulfill our mission of “donating handmade hats and handwritten letters to patients facing serious illnesses”.
Our first visit was to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in February. For that visit we were able to take an Elsa (Casey Wolff), Ana (Taryn Smith), Olaf (Becka Wilson) and Batman (Andy Price). We had a wonderful time and we were able to visit and encourage several families…and we had several Elsa and Ana themed hats to deliver – made by Jill Schrock! We love East Tennessee Children’s and we’re thankful for the time we get to spend with them. Check out the story WBIR aired about 818 Ministries and this visit.
The second Impact Squad visit was to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN (my hometown). This visit was special for me because my biggest cheerleader in this journey (my mom!) got to come with me along with Josh Coffey (dressed as Batman). I dressed up as Belle and we got to visit a number of patients and donate hat + letter packets to the hospital. Check out the story WCYB aired about 818 Ministries and this visit.
Last Friday I was able to do a second Impact Squad visit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital with SR Safety for the TN Vols, Todd Kelly Jr. (TK)! It was such a blessing and we were able to visit with so many families who were so excited to see TK and get an orange and white themed hat + letter packet made special for this delivery stop! It was a blast and I’m thankful for TK’s help.
We’re looking forward to a second trip to Memphis this month to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and would love for you to pray alongside us as we prepare to visit with families there. I keep up with several families we met after our last trip and it is such a blessing to continue to see how the Lord is moving through their cancer journey. We are expectant that God is going to do big things during our time with families!
Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and messages about all God is doing through our incredible volunteers. I couldn’t walk through this journey without each one of you! Enjoy the pictures below of our first 3 Impact Squad trips and stay tuned this month to hear more about how to get involved in Impact Clubs and the Impact Squad in 2017.
Until next time…make, write, impact!
Founder, 818 Ministries