Author Archives: Mike Schumer
We are not a large foundation. We don’t have 5K runs. We don’t throw galas. We simply help children in our community. Sick children, underprivileged children. We bring smiles to children. This is what we do and we do it well. Call Doylestown hospital, ask for Garrett Owens and ask him about the Abby’s Light Foundation. Ask about the impact we have had on children in the hospital. Talk to Mary Baltes at CB Cares and see how we promote Kindness in the Central Bucks School District and all over the world. Email our County Commissioner, Diane Marseglia and ask what the Random Acts of Kindness Day Proclamation is on our daughter Abby’s Birthday, November 19th.
We do many things in the community to help others in honor of our daughter not just because she passed but that’s what she did and what we want to do. Our new program Abby’s Adopted Families, takes it to another level. We have taken on our first family a Mother/Daughter that is part of this Doylestown Group. We see a dedicated Mom who will do anything to make sure her Daughter has a good start through education, kindness and just being a kid. The foundation will directly work with this family to help insure that. We hope to adopt more families if the budget allows and we identify a good healthy family dynamic.
We want to grow in the Central Bucks Community and we need your financial help. The Doylestown Facebook group alone has close to 9000 members. If 10 percent of the members donated just $20.00 to the foundation each year, we would be set. We identify the best ways to spend $30.00 on a child and have a great impact. It doesn’t take much. We do not spend thousands of dollars to promote acts of kindness all over the world. Last year we spent $$200.00 and impacted over 15,000 people. It does not take a lot of Money to do what we do but it does take money.
Here’s another way you can help. Do you own a business? Is it the type of business that can hold a fundraiser for our charity? Let’s say an exercise school, a salon, an arts and crafts facility. Most businesses could probably hold a fundraiser and we will help promote it. It brings new customers and exposure to your business and the proceeds benefit the Foundation.
Please help us grow within the community. Central Bucks is an inspiring and well off area. The foundation realizes people are tugged every which way for donations. We however don’t ask for much and if many give a little, the results are huge. Do it for the love of community. Simply go to the donation page and make whatever donation you are comfortable with.
Mike Schumer, President, Abby’s Light Memorial Foundation
[email protected] – 215-688-8104
The first delivery of the Doylestown Health hospital gifts have arrived! Where would we be without Amazon and their Sunday deliveries (waiting one more day I guess). More stuff coming including a shiny new Xbox one. So glad the foundation can help the Pediatric unit.
As we collect funds for our first large scale SELLOUT event, Bag Bingo – Kate Spade Edition, we find the foundation comfortably funded for our current programs. Gifts for Hospitalized Children is a huge success. So many smiles. Doylestown Hospital is the perfect choice for this program. These children are not terribly sick so it makes visits for the foundation , the children and their families relaxed and appreciative. Our program Abby’s AOK, which gives out acts of kindness in the form of $20.00 gift cards to Justice Clothing store shoppers (Tweens) continues. We have a friend who will be giving some out in Colorado shortly. So with the influx of money we will be thinking about additional programs that are through the eyes of our Abby. For now we are going back to giving out Starbucks gift cards on car windshields. This had a profound impact on some people and one of those people helps the foundation tremendously. A big thank you to AOK recipient Siobhan Jones for all her help. So additional programs are being considered and we will bring them to light when we know they will be implemented. Attempts have been made to get one started but so far possible benefactors have not responded. We will keep pushing forward. Thank you all for your support and interest in the Abby’s Light Foundation.
A trifecta! And yes it was perfect. Three young ladies today. Art kits, Play Doh Princess, Craft Beads and Puzzles. Three big smiles, two gasps of excitement and one hug. I wish donors could come to witness the joy in their faces but due to hospital security protocols, it’s just not possible. So I will do my best to describe what happens. It’s all because of your donations so thank you!!
The text came in. A little girl was supposed to have a birthday party tomorrow but she will be in the hospital instead. I already planned for this situation in my mind. Now of course age makes a difference on the pouting scale. This one was probably a little too young to make the needle go very high. Either way the foundation was ready to make this a special visit. Mom suggested the Lucky Ducks game (most parents know this one). I was dismayed to find my usual places didn’t have it. I even looked at Amazon which would be a timing issue but they didn’t have it in stock either. If Amazon doesn’t have it, that must be game over! I threw a hail mary and checked Kmart. They had it! So I got it along with a princess doll and a stuffed puppy. Also included were the four balloons. Lesson learned, no latex balloons in the hospital. With one of the foundation’s directors Marion Mass and plenty of Hospital staff, this girl had a mini party. She just woke up from a nap so she was somewhat overwhelmed by the strangers. After a bit, she smiled and became interested in her Lucky Ducks game and the princess non latex balloon. A complete success all around! We met some very nice family new to the area and grandma who is not from the area. Abby keeps showing the way and makes a difference one child at a time.
The foundation has supported 15 children this year for the Groveland Giving Tree. This was an event close to Abby’s heart as she loved to go shopping for a gift or two for children in need. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to double the amount of children who receive gifts. Either way Abby is proud!
The program Gifts for Hospitalized Children can sort of be like answering the Bat Phone. While I’m not a superhero out to save someone’s life, I realize a child has asked for something while in the hospital. In many cases they are young and a little scared. For this reason, if I am not busy, I feel I need to act. This afternoon I had a headache. Nothing terrible but enough to want to lay down and take a nap. I get in bed and open my iPad before going to sleep to check my messages. The opening screen tells me my cell phone received a call from the hospital. The voicemail to that call would be in my car with the cell phone. It was very tempting to just stay in bed and try and deal with this later. I thought about the program and the mission. I went to the car and listened to the voicemail. A little boy who wanted Star Wars Legos. What would Abby say? “Dad let’s go and get some legos! Come on! “Abby, I have a headache let’s wait.” “But dad, he’s in the hospital and probably sad.”
Abby spoke and I listened. So off to Toys R Us and to the hospital. Headache and all. When I arrived I met this wonderful little boy with a smile from ear to ear and his first words were “Thank you.” I said “thank you? You don’t even know what I’m here for? You my friend have work to do. You have to get these Legos built as soon as possible!” He is such a nice kid. His mom loved the gifts and she hugged me in tears. I knew what her tears meant and no words needed to be spoken. Then the kicker. The little boy reached out with his arms, one with an IV in it and asked for a hug. We hugged and he said “Thank you so much.” I told him to get well soon and get out of here. A nice reward for getting out of bed for a “headache nap.”
Nothing can replace Abby. A hole in my heart that can only be taped over. The foundation is bigger than myself. Sometimes however I get the opportunity to use the foundation for my own benefit and listen to Abby to make the right choice, making that tape just a little stronger. Thank you to all the donors that have given me this opportunity.
Doylestown Health received a substantial donation this week for their Pediatric Unit. We are proud to have learned the foundation was mentioned in the donation letter as part of the positive experience the child had while in the hospital. The vision has always been simply “Making Children Smile.” This way of thinking stems from our daughter Abby. We knew she had the ability to make her friends smile through her generosity. That’s why we continue her mission as she would if she were here today. One child at a time and often is the way we do it. Now it’s nice to know in some small role, Abby has influenced a generous person to help a hospital reach out to the community and help children in times of health needs. Together, the Abby’s Light Memorial Foundation and Doylestown Health move forward on the same path making children happy and healthy.
In addition the foundation also received a very nice donation from the same generous donor.
Another Special request today. Beanie Boos. I said what? Yes Beanie Boos. I found out where to go. We budget $30.00 per gift. One of these 16″ monsters was $34.95. Close enough! Then the sales clerk says “you can buy another one for just $5.00!” As far as the foundation is concerned, two is better than one when you are sick in the hospital. A girl asks for Beanie Boos, the foundation provides. Big time!