Saturday, December 23, 2017

It’s lovingBri Christmas 2017

by Steve on December 23, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We were blessed again in 2017 to have some beautiful supporters donate so that we could provide gifts for the children on the cancer floor at Riley Hospital. Thank you all for loving the kids and helping us keep Bri’s memory alive. We are so grateful for you.  For the past three years we have been able to provide Build a Bears and gift cards to the kids. We hope and pray that one year, very soon, we will not have any kids on the floor to buy for. What a dream that would be!!

On Wednesday night we braved the Greenwood Park Mall and continued the bear shopping tradition. This year we had an extra crew member in tow, Tori’s friend Sierra. The girls had a great time while getting the bears stuffed but seemed to have some red faces when they had to go through the whole “kiss the heart” routine before putting the heart in the bear. They ended up stuffing a total of sixteen bears and printing off the birth certificates, which we left the names blank so the kids could name their own bear. The employees stuffed the bears in big trash bags and gave us a whole bundle of boxes to build later.

After we finished we had a quick dinner and then surprised Tori with an early Christmas present. More on that in another post. On Thursday evening Tori assembled the boxes and Ang laid out the 2017 Build a Bear family for a quick picture.

The plan was to make our delivery on Friday 12/22. Somehow, we found two little girls who wanted to be a part and what a way to have a little lesson in giving. We loaded up the van and drove to Riley, listening to Journey sing Christmas carols along the way. We arrived and everyone helped get bears in, including the smallest of helpers.

Once they were all in we took the annual pic by the tree. The tree at Riley is amazing.

It would be hard to top the day we were having but then we ran into another Mooresville family, the Strietelmyers, taking gifts to the kids. Kiley, who is in Tori’s class, is battling cancer and we ask that you take the time to pray for her. The Cheer Guild director met us all downstairs and offered a tour of the toy room where all the donations go to be safety checked before they are distributed. The Director, Ann, told us that the smallest amount of toys passed out in many month in the past was 6,000 and the most was 14,000. It is simply amazing the heart that people and companies show these kids.

Our last stop of the day was to take some gift cards up to the oncology outpatient clinic and see Brianna’s favorite nurse Chrissi. We ended up getting off the elevator on the wrong floor and ran into Jane, a nurse practitioner who treated Bri, and nurse Tiffany who also was part of the team. Some tears were shed and then we moved on to the clinic and Chrissi came out to see us. We gave her the gift cards to distribute and ended our day.

If you would like to give to the Riley kids please click HERE to visit the Riley Cheer Guild.

Merry Christmas from the lovingBri Fund!!!!