“I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me…”
One year while Atia was undergoing cancer treatment, we were faced with the grim reality that she may be spending Christmas in the hospital. I’d already spent a Mother’s Day there and it was beyond depressing; I couldn’t imagine being there for Christmas, too.
Atia’s #1 fear was that Santa wouldn’t know where she was and that she wouldn’t get any presents. My #1 fear, as it pertained to Christmas, was that Steve and I would be “trapped” in the hospital and unable to buy presents for Atia - thus, resulting in the fulfillment of her prophesy. The thought of that was stifling; it provoked such grief and sorrow.
Thankfully, Atia’s health improved a bit and we weren’t admitted after all.
“I’ll be home for Christmas. You can count on me...”
Unfortunately, many children and their families aren’t as fortunate as we were. They will be spending Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza in the hospital. Beyond suffering the painful side effects of cancer treatment and all the other frightening complications, they may be tormented with the thought of getting NO PRESENTS.
No tree. No lights. No feast. No home for the holidays.
In hopes of bringing some joy and smiles to these children and families, Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund has launched a toy drive campaign called, “Ladybug Love for the Holidays”. Now through December 16th, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys at various locations around the Chicagoland area (listed below the video). All toys will directly benefit pediatric oncology patients at The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
In her own words, 4 year old Atia explains what we’re doing and why it’s important.
If you aren't in Chicago, or don't have time to shop, but still want to help please consider making an online donation by clicking HERE.
2130 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60622
2504 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-1848
*20% off discount on salon services for new customers who donate toys
1730 West Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Lakeshore Academy of Artistic Gymnastics
937 W Chestnut St
Chicago, IL 60642-5404
*FREE CLASS with every toy donation
1673 Algonquin Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Pump It Up
684 West Lake Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
426 North York Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126
Spring Hill Auto Body, Inc.
469 E. Main St.
East Dundee, IL 60118
5642 Northridge Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
VILLA PARK Parks and Recreation
Iowa Community Center
338 N. Iowa Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 834-8970 x103
Vignette Home Decor, Inc.
1952 W. Fabyan Parkway
Batavia, IL 60510
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