Try and remember the last time you were sick and just the act of breathing was difficult. Now imagine that it is your child who is fighting that chronic battle- and the one thing you can do to ease that struggle, vacuuming to cut down on household dust and allergens, is not feasible because your vacuum has broken and you cannot afford to replace it. It’s such a simple thing, really. And most of us complain about vacuuming- but for Monkee Valerie, cleaning her house to ease her son’s burden is sacred work. “My name is Valerie B. and I have a son (turning 2 this month!) that has been plagued by health problems… I am a single mother, under employed with a child support claim that is not being honored, and a grad student… My son has battled constant respiratory infections for months now, his lungs are so sensitive and cannot seem to heal. I clean a few times a week, dusting and sweeping, etc. But we live in a 100+ year old home, so there is a TON of dust. Recently, my vacuum burned up and now it needs to be replaced. I just don’t have it in […]
The spirit of November’s Holiday Hands project continues, as our Gabbi and her amazing mom were profiled on the Today Show this week: Here is an excerpt from Today.com: Last month, Gabbie came home and told her mom she saw her classmates getting cards at school. The girl was devastated that she didn’t get one and asked her mom, “Why doesn’t anyone give me cards?” Sejas was thinking about her daughter’s struggles one night as she logged on to “Monkee See – Monkee Do,” a non-profit that matches up families in need with people who’d like to help. Sejas had participated before, supporting a family during the holidays, but now she decided it was her turn to ask for help. In her entry, titled “Cards for Gabbie,” Sejas simply appealed for people to send cards to her daughter. “There are some things that money cannot buy, and that is feeling like you are loved and accepted. That is what I want for my baby girl,” Sejas wrote. She was one of more than 300 people who posted wishes during this year’s Holiday Hands campaign on “Monkee See – Monkee Do,” said Glennon Doyle Melton, head of the non-profit and founder […]
You are a Miracle. You are also a Miracle Worker. “We cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.” – Mama T “The world is run by the people who SHOW UP.” – Brilliant Monkee Ten days ago, we held our Monkee See- Monkee Do + Microsoft event at Lynbrook Elementary. The pictures tell the story–please click here to see them all. A Special THANK YOU TO MICROSOFT AND TO ALL OF THESE FOLKS WHO MADE THIS SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION POSSIBLE Sunrise Identity donated $2,000 worth of those amazing t-shirts we all wore with pride! Meadows Farms provided a large discount for the new outdoor learning center equipped with new plants, trees, and shrubs! Sunbelt Rentals provided us a free rental of a sod cutter and rototiller! The Home Depot donated paint for the beautiful mural and soothing walls in the new sensory room! Dell made a generous donation of over $5,000 in Latitude 10 Windows 8 tablets for the children and parents to continue learning about technology, safe internet searching, email, and the English language! Melissa Greenhouse and her team at Meeting Solutions organized the entire day’s event (and provided about 6,000 cups of coffee and 30 pizzas)! Together, our teams donated: A […]
The following is an update from Sarah Nielsen, a Monkee and the Executive Director of Project Home Indy. Project Home Indy is a small non-profit agency in Indianapolis that serves up to five homeless teen moms, age 15-19, in a safe, home-like residential facility. When I wrote Glennon a desperate email earlier this year to attend Project Home Indy’s fundraiser as our speaker at no-cost, my best-case scenario was that Glennon would write me a beautiful “no”. If someone as busy as Glennon considered my request, I would have felt successful. When she wrote back at all, I was beside myself with joy. That was before I could even bring myself, with shaking hands, to read the words “YES”. Yes, she would come. Yes, she would help. Yes, she loved Project Home Indy and our teens and babies and would do whatever she could to help us raise money. She said “YES”. But what happened next was beyond our WILDEST dreams. Glennon asked us to dream big, and let her know what we needed. She knew the Monkees would want to help. Our list as a small non-profit is long, but we started with bus passes. Having tons of […]
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