Happy AUGUST! I can't believe we are nearing the end of another H-O-T summer in Tennessee and about to walk into my favorite time of year - fall!! This year we have some exciting events and Impact Squad visits in the works and we wanted to let you know plenty in advance so you can jump in and serve.
BUT! Before I go there and give you all kinds of updates, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate the July that we had. We had TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY SEVEN donations from you guys last month. I'm SO blown away each of you and your heart to serve those fighting serious illnesses! This year so far, we've been able to deliver 850 hat packets to families so far - and we're a far cry from 2018 being over. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your help. God is using you in incredible ways!
NICU Nurture Program
We are thrilled to be able to serve the families in the NICU at UT Medical Center again this Halloween! Remember last year when we donated cocoon + letter packets to them? We're doing so again this year and will be collecting them until Friday, October 26. Below we have a link to the story that was done last year about this fun day. It shows some sweet pictures of our visit! We're so thankful to be able to serve them again and grateful to YOU, our volunteers, who are so creative with ideas for new patterns.
We often get asked, "How does everyone come up with these cute ideas?!" I always say Pinterest and YouTube are two of the greatest resources we have. We look forward to seeing your creations for this special project!
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Marathon Trip
Ya'll it's that time again and I couldn't be more excited! The St. Jude Memphis Marathon is December 1st this year! We are forming an 818 Ministries team again this year and I'm thrilled to have Taryn Smith and Darren Light running the half!
The 818 Ministries team is dedicating our race this year to AJ Cucksey. If you don't already follow the Cucksey family, go follow their page Prayers for AJ Cucksey. AJ is undergoing chemotherapy treatments every Friday for the next year as he fights brain cancer. I've never met a child more FULL of life and joy than AJ. If you've met him, you know that to be true! So, in celebration of him, we will all be running #CuckseyStrong this year by putting his hashtag on our bibs. Also, for every 10 miles the 818 Ministries team runs during training, we will donate 1 hat packet to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital that weekend while we're in Memphis.
If you are interested in joining the trip and running for AJ, let us know by shooting us an email and we can explain how to register. It's an amazing weekend that you don't want to miss!
Fall Impact Squad Visits
We're so excited to release dates soon for some Impact Squad visits that we're doing this fall. We should know more specific dates soon but Lord willing, we hope to visit the following facilities (some are old friends, some are new!):
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (in December and hopefully a Fall Break Alternative trip for college students)
- St. Jude Affiliate Clinic (Charlotte, NC)
- East TN Children's Hospital
- Palmetto Children's Hospital
Thanks as always for your continued prayer and support of all God is doing! We're so excited to see what the rest of 2018 has in store. He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)!
Cheering for you,