I hope this update finds you well! I wanted to send everyone a quick update on what's going on this summer at 818 Ministries. This spring you guys BLEW US AWAY with your creative ideas and we're amazed at how God used them to impact the lives of patients and families fighting serious illnesses.
Here's a few updates and projects we're looking forward to for the fall!
Hats Donated in 2018
Again, we're blown away at how God continues to grow our base of volunteers - now reaching TEN STATES! So far in 2018, we've hand delivered seven hundred and fourteen hat + letter packets to patients because of your generosity, time and talent! Thank you to each of you for you continued support and time investing in the lives of these families.
Our Impact Squad has dressed up and visited MD Anderson Cancer Center, Palmetto Children's, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Kingsport Hematology and Oncology and UT Medical Center. If you recently started following us, these friends are the vehicle through which God has allowed us to deliver hats to patients. Below are a couple examples of Impact Squad visits we've done this year.
Fall NICIU Cocoon Project
We're excited to go ahead and tell you about a project we're preparing for in October! Last fall, we delivered Cocoon + Letter packets to the precious newborn babies at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UT Medical Center. We're excited to announce we will be accepting donations from now until October (in addition to hats and Port Pillows, as always) for these sweet families. Just as a reminder of what these sweet cocoons look like, check out the news story from last October when we got to deliver them!
Fall Impact Squad Visits
We're working hard this summer to get ready for some more exciting Impact Squad visits this fall - and we need YOUR help! We are, as always, accepting hats (of all sizes, preemie to adult), letters, NICU octopuses, Port Pillows and cocoons! We are still working on setting dates for many of the following locations we are planning to either visit in person or ship hats to before the end of the year. But, this gives you a good idea on where you could be serving this summer/fall!
- East Tennessee Children's Hospital (preemie to child sized hats)
- UT Medical Center (octopuses and cocoons)
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (preemie to child sized hats)
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (child sized hats)
- MD Anderson Cancer Center (adult sized hats)
- Palmetto Children's Hospital (preemie and child sized hats and NICU octopuses)
We're so excited about all God has in store for the remainder of 2018 for 818 Ministries! We believe He has gone before us and prepared the way for all that is about to unfold. Will you join us?
Should you feel led to contribute financially to all God is doing, click below to visit our YouCaring site!
It was such a great experience to visit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN last weekend for an Impact Squad visit. We took students from the University of Tennessee to dress up like princesses + superheroes to hand deliver hats made by our volunteers. We were able to give away 115 hats!
Also, we had a craft table where we made foam door hangers with patients to hang on their hospital room door and label with their name! We met so many amazing families and we ask that you pray for each of their journeys in the battle against pediatric cancer and other blood disorders.
From left to right in the picture above:
Mike Dotson (Rebecca's father), John Ross Dewberry, Clare Jolly, Rebecca Dotson (Executive Director), Sydney Gambuzza, Chris Feemster and Robin Dotson (Rebecca's mother)
We have made a recap video below to show you a little bit more of our trip and an inside look at getting ready for an Impact Squad visit! Check it out!
Ongoing Creative Needs:
We are so thankful for all our volunteers that are so giving of their time and talent to impact patients. We wanted to give you an idea of some of the ongoing needs we have for Impact Squad visits. For more information, shoot us an email or check out the donate page of our website!
Newborn items (to be donated to a local NICU unit):
One last thing.
Feel led to partner with 818 Ministries financially? Click below to visit our YouCaring site below!
It was such a joy to visit Thompson Cancer Survival Center in downtown Knoxville this week with Coach Fulmer, Todd Kelly Jr. and Evina Westbrook! We visited with patients, they signed footballs and we hand delivered VOL-themed hats to patients. What a once in a lifetime surprise for so many patients. We're so honored Coach Fulmer, Todd and Evina would take time out of their schedule to come serve alongside 818 Ministries.
Check out WATE's segment on the visit by clicking the picture below!
"It's important for us to get out in the community as much as we can and show our warmth. We are appreciative of being invited today." - Coach Fulmer
This week, of all weeks, it's GREAT to be a Tennessee Vol - Go Big Orange!
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