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Just wanted to mention that Puddin and I have been personally affected by our charity choice for the 2003 Cleveland Rocks! Cruise. The charity was chosen because we like the idea of helping out local charities and we like the idea of helping out children because they are totally dependant on others for survival, even the healthy ones. That's why we chose Touching Little Lives for this year's charity.
Touching Little Lives:
Our mission is to 'touch the little lives' of needy premature and newborn infants in Ohio, to do all that we can to give them, free of any charge, the necessities that every newborn needs. Our volunteers hand make quilts, blankets, caps, booties, gowns, undershirts, afghans, bibs, sleepers, and other articles as well as provide diapers, hygiene products, formula and bottles when possible. Unfortunately there is one additional need that we sadly meet within our communities. Imagine, if you will, a young couple eagerly awaiting the birth of their new child. . .. Instead of being able to rejoice at this new life, the sad reality is that this family must now provide for a single outfit in which to lay their precious child to rest. At this difficult time, family members are there looking for clothing small enough to fit. Our volunteers respond during this time of grieving by providing burial layettes to these families for their child, a tear sewn into every stitch. A tear of sorrow for the child, a tear of love and compassion for the family.

As many of you may have heard, we recently welcomed the arrival of our first child on Jan 27. Unfortuately, because of a heart problem common in babies of diabetic mothers, he had to spend the first two weeks of his life in the NICU of Fairview General Hospital. He is home now and doing very well. He is on heart medication, but that will probably only be for a couple months. Anyway, those two weeks were a very emotional time for Donna and myself. We were at the hospital all day, every day until he came home. One thing that we noticed early on was that at every crib, incubator, and/or isolation unit, there was a beautiful, individually made quilt. One day we had noticed that the quilt that was being used for our son, Carsen, had a card attached that said, "Made for your baby with love by a voluteer for Touching Little Lives, Inc." To some, it may seem like a very insignificant thing, but we were touched and very grateful to receive this beautiful quilt which we do not plan to use, but rather will proudly display on the wall of our nursery so we can constantly be reminded of Touching Little Lives and the wonderful things they do to help out needy children and their families.....needy meaning not neccessarily financially, but emotionally as well.
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Touching story and what a wonderful charity!!

Sounds like this year's theme for PT Cruiser events will be "Cruisin' for Children's Charities"... Sounds like Touching Little Lives is touching many littles lives with the wonderful things they do to help out needy children and their families...

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You will definitely see some of the St. Louis PT's at Cleveland Rocks...
 

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Scott and Donna- all the best to you, all THREE of you....

Happy endings are great news!!

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So nice to hear that all is well. Sounds like a terrific group of caring people and well worth supporting.

Barb

(looking forward to meeting everyone in Cleveland, our 1st trip to your city)

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