It's never easy asking for donations. However, when you believe that it will make a difference in the life of a child. You step out of your comfort zone and you ask. This is Joni from Characters of Character. We are asking for donations so that we can donate to children in the hospital and to local libraries. This year we are donating to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and to the Hendersonville Library, and, we need your support. Perhaps you feel uncomfortable donating cash to an organization, we understand, please learn other ways that you can support our cause here. Rest assured though, because we have been registered for the past sixteen years in Illinois and two in Tennessee with no salary, no paid employees and are here because our volunteers spend their time, their energy and their passion because they believe in our mission, "to provide a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values" and this is what we do.
Last year we discovered that there is a great need for materials for the children in the hospital and we even visited a few with our costumed characters to share their message and their resources. Self-Esteem Elephant visited Shriner's Hospital in Chicago with the message of, "I Like ME" and Warm-Hearted Walrus visited Huntley Hospital to share the message of Kindness. We donated to these and to Loyola and to and Lurie's Hospital in Chicago. This year we're raising funds to donate to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Tennessee. Please consider a donation, you will make a difference in the life of a child. After all, we are making a difference one child at a time.
The Children's Hospitals Boxes are sturdy, colorful and include one Superhero Activity Book, a canvas with a message to paint, an easel to display the canvas, crayons, watercolor paint, paintbrush, color poster, sticker, superhero mask, character lanyard and a hand written letter from one of the Characters of Character, priceless! We are trying to raise $5,000.00 to ship out 225 to 250 boxes, depending on cost of shipping. We have received a $500.00 donation from Rust-leum towards this project. If you are a Corporation and would like to learn about our Sponsorship Levels, please contact me. The staff are so appreciative of these activities for their patients and we know the joy that they bring to the girls and the boys, let's make the world better together! Please donate here.
I have reached out to a number of libraries and the Hendersonville Library is interested in our Confidence Building Activities for their community. This is the Self-Esteem Elephant character and this box is much like the above. The activity book is an "I Am" Affirmation activity book teaching children that they are unique and have special qualities to which they can emphasize and learn about. I have already sent them a Bulletin Board activity to engage their children in, worksheets and coloring pages to introduce this character. It seems like the right place to promote good character because our schools are closed and our libraries are beginning to re-open. What a wonderful opportunity to build these traits in our children. Our goal for this Library is $2,000.00 to donate one hundred of these boxes to. While our organization is still physically located in Illinois, we are still planting our seeds in Tennessee where we will relocate the Characters of Character to within a year. We have met with the Governor's Office and a group of Young Professionals to introduce our organization and discuss ways to partner when we arrive. The possibilities are endless and we are excited for this new move!
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.