Hearts for Hannah #5
Our sweet Hannah would have been 9 years old on February 15th. So very hard to wrap my mind around. I often wonder what she would look like…how her personality may or may not have changed…how she would have loved school…how very different life would be.
For those of you who may have not been around since the beginning of this story, one way we have tried to use this tragedy for good is to remember Hannah’s birthday by helping others. We decided to call this “Hearts for Hannah” since she was born just one day after Valentine’s…and this is one way to demonstrate how strongly she is still in our hearts.
We have been encouraged by so many doing for others in Hannah Grace’s honor and memory. We have had a random act of kindness day, collected books for an elementary school in Harlem and for poor villages in Africa, and delivered items to the ECO Children’s House in Springdale.
This year, we are returning back to the place where we experienced some of the best care a child can receive- Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I wish I could adequately describe to you the level of devotion you see there…and not just for the patients. The hospital offers so many services for the kiddos and their families- there are tremendous doctors, nurses, child-life specialists, social workers…it’s quite an amazing place. It truly takes people with a special calling to work with sick children.
There are many needs at ACH- so many things that you would never think of until you are there. We are going to collect some of the needed items. Of course, monetary donations are always appreciated at ACH, and so many of you have done that in Hannah’s memory already. If you would like to go that direction, you can visit their website to donate on-line. http://www.archildrens.org/
Below, you will find some lists of items that could really help children and their families. This is a great opportunity to take your children to the store and talk to them about how they can be the hands and feet of Jesus. We will gladly come pick up anything…you can mail to us…you can get things to us at John Tyson, Harp, or Hunt elementaries in Springdale…you just let me know, and we will find a way. You can find me on Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org. My precious sister in grief, Bonnie King, will gladly take items if you live in the Fayetteville area. If you’re around LR, you may drop off at Baring Cross Baptist church office in Sherwood. We will be delivering items to ACH on Saturday, March 1st. We will be happy to take anything starting now- our goal is to collect things the month of February (but we don’t mind starting early!).
We also have a blood drive every year (organized by the wonderful Mimi (aka Amy) and friends). This year, it will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 2-7 at the Lowell city hall (216 Lincoln St., Lowell 72745). There will be a Facebook page where you can get info about signing up. Our goal is 50 units- we need you! There are so many who are unable to donate for lots of reasons- and I saw firsthand how blood and platelets are so critical. Hannah received more blood than an adult has in his or her body during her stay at ACH as well as many bags of platelets. Please mark this on your calendars and come on out!
Thank you in advance for your participation (whether through giving blood…”stuff”…or praying for these projects). It’s hard to explain, but part of the pain of losing a child is that children do not have the chance to live on through their children and further generations. So, as parents, we do our best to ensure that she lives on, and this is one way we have chosen to do that. You being a part of that means more than you will ever know.