What are Swag Bags? How you can help…

Many have asked…

What are Swag Bags? They are bags delivered to chemotherapy patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and they consist of eight comfort items…

Chapstick • Blankets • Body Lotions • Nail Polish • Soft tissue packs • Earphones/earbuds • Blank Journal • Colorful pens

All Swag Bags are delivered directly to CHOP Salon Services once assembled. They are delivered often during salon treatments for patients undergoing Chemotherapy by CHOP Salon Services. Many kids and teens receiving chemo experience:

Discomfort and Pain • Skin Damage or Changes • Hair Loss and Scalp Sensitivity • Mouth, Gum, and Throat Sores • Gastrointestinal Problems • Urinary System Problems • Central Nervous System Problems • Decreased Blood Counts • Increased Risk of Infection

The contents of the swag bag help patients and their families cope with the early stages of treatment and the side effects.

Diseases treated with Chemotherapy
Cancer Related Disease:  
• Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia • Retinoblastoma • Leukemia • Rhabdomyosarcoma • Soft Tissue Sarcoma • Melanoma • Neuroblastoma • Brain Tumors • Germ Cell Tumors • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma • Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Non-Cancer Related Diseases • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Lupus • Multiple Sclerosis • Non-Cancerous Tumors • Neurofibromatosis

You can help by making a monetary donation to The LIV Foundation or by scheduling an in-kind donation of any of the contents listed above.  NOTE: All in-kind donations are required to be in their original packaging and are subject to inspection.

Most donations come to us throughout the holiday season and are delivered to CHOP in batches of one-hundred bags at a time by The LIV Foundation Volunteers. Help us pay it forward to this incredible institution that has helped so many loved ones in our community! If you have questions or want to set up a donation pickup, please email us at thelivfoundation@gmail.com.

Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Holiday Season!

 

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Host a fun party and help a great cause in 8 simple steps…!

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Host an evening of care!

What is an evening of Care? Typically these events involve a group of families and friends who gather to serve a cause and have fun. They can also be held during the day  as a lunch or breakfast meeting and be called a Day of Care or “Helpy Hour” too! Think of it as a party with a positive social impact!

You can organize a day or evening of caring to make a difference and deepen the connections you have within your family, workplace and/or community by organizing a Day or Evening of Caring event!

A small community hosted an Evening of Care this past year with the intention of honoring an incredibly special person whom they care for deeply.  They had fun and by following the eight steps outlined below, they collected and assembled 54 Swag Bags for CHOP! Read on… you can do this too!

Step 1 Determine who will be involved. Family, friends, community associations, teams and work groups are among the most common participants in these events. However any group motivated by a cause and willing to gather can work well.

Step 2 Ask the community first. Provide background information to your group, educate them about the community’s connection to your cause.

Step 3 Describe the needs and the goals. Take time to confirm the needs of the organization, family or person in need. Once you feel you have accurately assessed the need, determine what your think your team can contribute and make sure everyone knows what the goal is!

Step 4 Plan out the logistics. Write out how you will set up your event. What items will you collect? Will there be food and refreshments? Who will prepare the food? What will your venue be? Do you want to involve children? If necessary how will you organize and assemble any donations or gifts you might be collecting?

Step 5 Determine the division of labor. This is a great place to leverage technology.  There are free services like Signup Genius that can help you track RSVPs and attendees’ commitments in the effort to support your cause. You may need to key in all the items needed to help friends who are interested easily assess what they can bring.  You may benefit from proactively making suggestions that will help your team divide up the quantities of items needed to help ensure you do not have too many duplicates of any one item.

Step 6 Provide some friendly reminders. At the very least send an email reminder to people who volunteered to attend 4-5 days before your event.  Include details regarding what they committed to bring to the event.

Step 7 Take time to plan out a coordinated assembly line if you are collecting items that consist of multiple components. Brace yourself for a whirlwind of activity but be sure to make the conscious effort to have fun. Think through how they will be collected, assembled and/or packaged.

Step 8 Plan for how you will deliver your donations.

This same process can be applied to support many other causes too…!

Helpful hints…

Have a plan when talking to people about the project. Have three bullets ready to help get your point across to volunteers and friends.

Allow 1-3 days before scheduled delivery date to allow time to double-check and ensure that each bag is complete.

“We rallied together as a community to honor our friends and assembled over 50 Swag Bags for children undergoing chemotherapy treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.”   -Kristen, LIV Foundation Volunteer

Want to learn more about how you can help The LIV Foundation? Call us at 484-808-5481, email us at thelivfoundation@gmail.com, or visit us online at www.thelivfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook!

If you would like to support us, consider running an evening of care and help us fulfill some Swag Bags for chemotherapy patients at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For an outline of the contents of the swag bags and how they benefit families in need check out our recent blog post What We Do…!

If you commit to the effort, collect and assemble the contents while having some fun with friends, we will help you! We’ll even pick them up and deliver them for you!

What we do…

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What we do…
We are a fully volunteer run 501c3 organization that does three things:

  1. Build awareness about pediatric illness
  2. Build awareness around the importance of self-care and support for families of children who have life-altering illnesses
  3. Deliver Swag Bags to children undergoing chemotherapy treatments at CHOP

What are Swag Bags? They consist of eight comfort items…

Chapstick • Blankets • Body Lotions • Nail Polish • Soft tissue packs • Earphones/earbuds • Blank Journal • Colorful pens

All Swag Bags are delivered directly to CHOP Salon Services once assembled. They are delivered often during salon treatments for patients undergoing Chemotherapy by CHOP Salon Services. Many kids and teens receiving chemo experience:

Discomfort and Pain • Skin Damage or Changes • Hair Loss and Scalp Sensitivity • Mouth, Gum, and Throat Sores • Gastrointestinal Problems • Urinary System Problems • Central Nervous System Problems • Decreased Blood Counts • Increased Risk of Infection

The contents of the swag bag help patients and their families cope with the early stages of treatment and the side effects.

Diseases treated with Chemotherapy
Cancer Related Disease:  
• Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia • Retinoblastoma • Leukemia • Rhabdomyosarcoma • Soft Tissue Sarcoma • Melanoma • Neuroblastoma • Brain Tumors • Germ Cell Tumors • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma • Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Non-Cancer Related Diseases • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Lupus • Multiple Sclerosis • Non-Cancerous Tumors • Neurofibromatosis

Why CHOP? There is a more personal aspect to the story for many in our circle but simply put, it is an amazing institution that helps a lot of families in our community.

  1. Over 19-thousand Pennsylvania children receive in-patient care at CHOP each year
  2. Over 7-thousand children from New Jersey receive in-patient care at CHOP each year
  3. Locally, just under 400 children from the Pocono area (where we are based) and just under 600 in the Lehigh Valley receive in-patient care at CHOP each year.
  4. They are an amazing institution! They handle the most complex cases that are referred by our local hospitals and the care they give is second to none.

If you would like to learn more about us check out our website at http://www.thelivfoundation.org or look for us on Facebook!

If you are interested in learning about how you can have a great time and help us serve our mission, check out the our recent post that outlines how you can host a Helpy Hour with your friends, your team or your family!

https://livfoundationblog.wordpress.com/2018/10/26/host-a-fun-party-and-help-a-great-cause-in-8-simple-steps/

Save the Date!  The LIV Foundation will host a Foot Golf outing on October 13, 2018

Save the Date!  On October 13, 2018 The LIV Foundation will host a Foot Golf outing at Terra Greens Golf Course in East Stroudsburg, PA.

If you like soccer and you like golf, you will love Foot Golf! This game is a great way to spend time with friends and family! Prizes, food, refreshments and other “swag” will be available at the event! The course at Terra Greens provides beautiful views and a wonderful environment for your enjoyment while you play.

Not interested in playing but like our cause…?  That’s fine too… We are looking for volunteers and sponsors! As a sponsor you will gain brand exposure and support a great cause!

The LIV Foundation Foot Golf Tournament is a fundraiser that will provide care bags (AKA “Swag Bags”) for children undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Patients treated by CHOP Salon Services will receive personal care items (i.e. lotion, blankets, ear buds, a journal, etc.) within each swag bag. Bag construction and delivery will be funded in part by this event. CHOP Salon Services treats nearly fifty patients per month who come through pediatric oncology treatments.

Save the Date V111The LIV Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports families with children facing life changing illnesses such as cancer.

All proceeds will go to benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

 

More information to come – in the meantime save the date!

 

If you have questions, please email us at thelivfoundation@gmail.com. Also, please like and follow us Facebook for updates on the event!

 

The Journey of Care: A definition of terms…

At The LIV Foundation we refer to “The Journey of Care” as the period of time following a child’s diagnosis that alters their life and that of their family. Each family that begins this journey has a unique experience but all are met with significant challenges.

The Journey of Care is, in most cases a treacherous one (see our first ever blog post The Quiet Warrior Next Door for more details if interested). The destination is often unknown; there are often no maps and no GPS. Families never volunteer for the trip and begin the journey with little to no training. The cost of the trip and duration are unknown. Most families need to keep working and continue to tend to the mundane details of life while on the journey. Some families have large groups of friends and extended family that take much of the journey with them while others experience a more solitary experience on the journey.

The journey ends for some with the relief and joy associated with a remission or cure. For others, the journey ends with terrible tragedy and sadness. For some, the journey does not end before their own life’s journey on his earth is through.

All on the journey are remarkably resourceful and all long for a time when their child is healthy, happy and at peace. All on the journey deserve respect.

#thejourneyofcare