Jun 262013
 
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Happy summer! Our Act Out Now big summer project is underway. Many expressed interest in the hygiene kit collection and assembly we are doing for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. This is a great opportunity for families with kids of all ages! If you still want to join in on this worthy project, and have yet to contact us, there is still time. Here are all the details of our drive and how it will work.

Who We Are Collecting For

We will be collecting the materials for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. Mission Outreach is a not-for-profit organization that addresses unmet medical needs of people in developing countries. The hygiene kits are a valuable product that help save lives. These kits are used as learning tools in literacy, hygiene, nutrition and health classes. The kits are also distributed to people who understand hygiene, but have limited resources.

Items for Each Hygiene Kit

To assemble one hygiene kit, the following items are required:

  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 fingernail clippers (no toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (3oz or larger)
  • 1 toothbrush in package (no child-size)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste (6.4oz or larger)
  • 6 band-aids
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy)
  • 1 one-gallon zip lock bags

Our Collection Goal

We have an initial goal of at least 25 hygiene kits (of course more would be great!). We hope each family can commit to a certain number of items (e.g. 25 toothbrushes,15 hand towels, etc.).

How to Collect Items for the Drive

  1. Contact Us: If you are interested in participating in the drive, and have yet to be in touch with us, simply send us a quick e-mail to let us know which item(s) from the list above you would like to focus on.
  2. Get creative with collecting: Some ways that you can collect items might include purchasing the items yourself, trying to collect items from family/friends/neighbors, doing a letter writing campaign to companies to see if they will donate items, etc.
  3. Try a Neighborhood Collection: Here you can download a note that can be attached to bags and left for neighbors—you would just need to fill in the blanks on the note, deliver them throughout your neighborhood, and then go back on the date that you indicated to see if anyone donated items.

The Project Timeline

  1. The Drive: The drive/collection will run through the summer.
  2. The Packing: We will meet with all the donated items in August to assemble the kits. The exact date will be determined as we get closer. The location of the assembly will depend on the total numbers of participants for this drive. (Maybe we’ll meet at one of our homes or at the local library.)
  3. The Field Trip (optional): We are planning to visit Mission Outreach to learn more about what they do on Friday, July 19th. Due to their safety/liability rules, Mission Outreach asks that anyone coming to their facility be at least 9 years of age or older. If this outing interests you, please let us know about that too.

That’s it for now. Thank you again for your assistance with this drive. If you have any questions please let us know. We’re really excited about working with all of you on this project. It’s going to be great.

May 232013
 
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Our son was born premature and spent six weeks in the hospital before coming home. Even though this was almost 10 years ago, I remember clearly the long days we spent there at the NICU. I would arrive as soon as the nursery opened first thing in the morning and would stay until the nurses kicked us out late into the night. We basically lived at the hospital for those six weeks. During that time I remember friends, family, and acquaintances who stopped by to offer support, love, and . . . food. Yes, food. It is amazing what a warm, home-cooked meal can mean when you have been eating hospital cafeteria food for days on end (or forgetting to eat all together). Food can be such a comfort in difficult times.

I think this is part of the reason that I have been enjoying going to the Ronald McDonald House these past couple months. This past Monday was our third time going and it just warms my heart to have the kitchen filled with yummy smells and tasty treats, and my hope is that the food offers the same comfort to the families staying at the House as it did for me so many years ago.

We spent a lovely afternoon on Monday with two other families baking all kinds of tasty goodness–cookies, brownies, and oatmeal chocolate chip bars. The sweet aroma of chocolate filled the kitchen, and we filled platters with the delicious treats for the 16 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. It was a good day.


Happy Kids with Sweet Treats in Hand

May 062013
 
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The Ronald McDonald House is a source of tremendous comfort for families struggling with the challenge of having a sick child in the hospital. The House offers a comfortable place for a family to call home close to the hospital while their child is there. Certainly, nothing compares to being home with your child, but a place of respite—a place to take a moment, to get a homemade meal, and to find caring, friendly people can go a long way to easing a family’s stress.

You can be a part of this giving this comfort on Monday, May 20th. A group of us from Act Out Now will visit the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House to participate in their Cookies from the Heart program. We’ll gather together for a couple hours to bake some cookies and other treats for the families staying in the house. This is a child-friendly event. Join us if you can: RSVP Now.

Apr 142013
 
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May 3, 2013 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Act Out Now will be cooking lunch for families staying at the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House. The mission of Ronald McDonald House is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and community. RMH keeps families of hospitalized children together in a “home away from home.” Act Out Now will be participating in the RMH Meals from the Heart program by planning a lunch menu and shopping for the ingredients ahead of time. Then, on May 3rd we will prepare the dinner for families.

Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital opened its doors on December 15, 2008 as the fourth House in the Chicagoland area. The staff and volunteers of this 16 bedroom House are proud to have welcomed more than 600 families, served over 850 meals and you have provided over 30,000 volunteer hours since opening.

Join us on May 3rd to help bring a little comfort to the families staying at RMH. Space is limited for this particular service project.

Please RSVP by Friday 4/26.

Mar 042013
 
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The mission of Ronald McDonald House is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and community. RMH keeps families of hospitalized children together in a “home away from home.” Act Out Now will be participating in the RMH Meals from the Heart program by planning a dinner menu and shopping for the ingredients ahead of time. Then, on March 29th we will prepare the dinner for families staying at the House.

Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center opened in July of 1995 and has served more than 7,700 families. The House has 18 bedrooms and inviting decor is based on the children’s book, The Secret Garden, with several secret places to be enjoyed by all. The House is situated on 2.5 acres with plenty of complimentary parking, and is part of the Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital complex. It’s located just a short shuttle to & from Loyola University Medical Center, six miles from Shriners Hospital for Children, RUSH Children’s Hospital & UIC Children’s Hospital.

Join us on March 29th to help bring a little comfort to the families staying at RMH. Space is limited for this particular service project.

Please RSVP by Friday 3/22.

Additional Meals from the Heart dates are also scheduled. See the event calendar for details.