So on this important day to us at CSP, we’re putting on our “Jen B Hat” as we like to call it. We’ve decided that the upcoming week will be dedicated to helping our community, something Jen was very passionate about. In the wake of the devastation in Haiti, we wanted to use our voice to help in relief efforts, big and small. We are honored to present you with Smarty Mom, Adri Warrick who is leading the charge with her “Artwork for Haiti” campaign.
As Adri’s young children continued to ask her how they could help the children in Haiti, a lightbulb went off in her head. One of Adri’s relatives is an MD in the Navy who is currently on board the USNS Comfort Ship. She, along with hundreds of other doctors, are working around the clock to help the wounded people of Haiti. After Adri reached out to her to see what her children could do, this was the response she received:
“Thank you for the well wishes and support. It is difficult, and sad, but I look around at the stoic faces of the Haitian patients and I am amazed and humbled by their strength. They truly are the brave ones, as they know their home is gone and the country is desperate that they are returning to. There are a lot of kids Hank’s age here and grown-ups who have lost their families and children. Maybe he or his class at school could send pictures or cards to the ship telling people to get well and be strong. Crayons, coloring books, that sort of thing might be good.”
Let’s band together as a Smarty community and teach our children about helping others by simply drawing a picture for another child who has nothing. In addition, the next time you’re in Target, swing by the art supplies aisle and grab some crayons and coloring books. This would truly brighten a child’s day who desperately needs it. If you do not live in town and wish to send a donation, feel free to do so and Adri’s team will purchase the art supplies. Artwork, art supplies and donations can be mailed to:
Artwork for Haiti
4817 Pine Ridge Rd
Charlotte, NC 28226
Hats off to Adri and her family for making a difference in other’s lives!
How lucky are we to have a second avid Smarty reader dedicated to helping the people of Haiti?! Tiffani Bacon is a self-employed pediatric physical therapist and aid missionary to Haiti (she’s actually in Haiti this very minute!). She owns Charlotte-based Kinetic Kids, Inc. Tiffani will tell us about her experience when she returns. Her main mission will be to promote the Hands on Haiti Clothing & Shoe Drive. Here’s the scoop:
When: February 12th from 1:30p-4:00p
Where: The UPS Store #4952 at I-485 & Rocky River Road (University)
9611 Brookdale Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28215
*A special thanks goes out to Yanti Santoso at The UPS Store #4952!
So while you’re in the midst of cleaning out your closets for the spring consignment sales, consider this as an alternative. Tiffani, Yanti and staff are accepting gently used spring/summer clothing and shoes for this drive. If this date/time doesn’t work for you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m driving my big ‘ole SUV up on the 12th and I’m happy to meet you beforehand to get your donations. How does the Harris Y sound? Thanks in advance, Smarties, and stay tuned for Tiffani’s guest blog…
Our Smarty friends at Discovery Place continue to roll out new activities and exhibitions resulting from their ongoing renovations with KidScience, a new area for little ones to get their hands and minds on science. The new KidScience is an early childhood exhibition where young children, ages 0-7, and their caregivers learn about science and math as they experiment, create and play together.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that KidScience is the best new Smarty playground in town, so click here to register to win today! CSP and our friends at Discovery Place are giving away a family 4-pack to 2 lucky Smarty readers!!
KidScience opens Saturday, February 13. This giveaway ends Wednesday, February 10th. Even if you don’t win, you can still visit KidScience for less just because you’re oh-so-Smarty…click here for your $2 off coupon good through April 30th.