From Jane. A mom whose son was hospitalized and was the first recipient of Gifts for Hospitalized Children.
Thank you so much for coming in to the hospital to visit Owen. Your gifts arrived at just the right time in what was a difficult three weeks. It was a pleasure to meet you an you could not have picked more perfect sets - Lego was the one thing Owen enjoyed doing while in the hospital. Owen is back home and today is his first day back to school.
From a recipient of an Abby's AOK
I just wanted to send you the biggest thanks and gratitude. I have received a gift card from you and it was given to my grand daughter Sativa. She used the money to purchase school clothes. She is entering the 4th grade and loves Justice clothing also.Thank you again,Billie Jo
A mom receives an AOK and suggests what her daughters should do.
When a mom was presented with an Abby's AOK from Justice she cried. I know I can't prevent this from happening but the mission is to make children happy. The mom composed herself and thought. She told her girls they each need to buy a piece of jewelry that reminds them of someone they care about. That's what they did. The girls learned the importance of what others mean to them and that is what Abby's AOKs are all about.
Abby leads the way. From the Delsass family
I just wanted to share with you that yesterday morning, we began our day with a special prayer for Abby...and for your family. Although we did not know Abby very well, we all remember that every time we would see her (i.e when she accompanied Will to our house when she was only four, at the pool, in school, etc) she always had a smile--what a happy little girl!I went about my day with Abby very much in my thoughts--I made greater efforts to complain less and compliment more. I made it a priority to call the daughter of one of my patients who just lost her father that morning. I slowed down with my patients, allowing extra time for them to express concerns and frustrations.I think it is wonderful that there has been a day designated to performing an act of kindness in Abby's memory. It helps us pause in our busy lives to remember priorities--how important it is to treat our neighbors with kindness.Thank you, Abby, for this,Alyssa, Andrew,Harrison, Eleanor, and Claire
Kindness, even at the Post Office! From Maureen
Last week on my way home from work, I stopped at a Post Office to mail some business checks and found a gentleman struggling with the instructions on one of those self-mail kiosks in an attempt to mail a small package. I had read your email regarding Abby earlier that day, so instead of rushing to beat the traffic for my 20 mile commute, and inspired by Abby, I happily offered my assistance as well as the necessary postage stamps (I always carry stamps in my wallet) to mail his package. Apparently the kiosk was unable to print the postage and the post office was closed. He was very grateful that I would "help out a brother like that". (his words). Just a small gesture, but I was happy to do it in honor of little Abby. God bless Abby and her family!
From Arman and Tamara on Abby's 13th birthday.
Arman and I donated $2500 to Solace for the Children in Abby's honor.
Mary and family performing all types of kindness
Mike & Meg,I find the two of you absolutely amazing. You touched a lot of people's lives yesterday, I am sure, including mine. I know I spent yesterday noticing more, slowing down, and appreciating more. In my family, we each did our little things to help others like extra coins in the meters in town, smiles at strangers, picking up a neighbor's trash, taking straws to school because the cafeteria was out of them the day before, and other little things. We also called Bucks County Housing Authority to see how we could volunteer as a family to help kids in our community. I could tell by the absolutely beautiful pictures and video that, in Abby's short life, you gave her so much love. I wish we had known Abby, but now knowing you and what wonderful people you are, I am glad that our boys are friends.After dinner we enjoyed some "rainbow" sherbert with whipped cream in honor of the "Rainbows and Butterflies" team.Thank you so much for sharing this special day. Your courage and generosity are so inspiring.
Mrs. Etter, one of Abby's teachers
I want you to know that Abby continues to be in my thoughts. Not just at this time around her birthday, but throughout the year. She was such a sweet girl and always kind to everyone. It didn't matter to her who they were, she always was a great partner and gave compliments. With those things in mind, I gave each of my students another student's name. I asked them to make a card for that person and tell him/her what they like about them and what they feel makes them a good friend. They were not to sign their name, but draw and illustrate things this person likes. The students loved doing this and especially liked getting a compliment from a classmate. I spoke with my students about Abby and many of them knew her and thought this was a great way to honor her. I also wrote several notes to colleagues telling them how much they are appreciated and how they also have had such a positive impact on my life, but also all those around them. Know that Abby will always be with me and those who loved her while she was with us. I have no doubt that she is smiling at all the things people have done in her name.
Carry On...From Kimberly
I was lucky enough to have Marion Siegfried Mass as my med school roommate! Last year she told me all about your Abby, and this year she shared your email with me. So this is how our 11/19 day went…… My husband and I are both doctors and philanthropists and parents all at once. My internship training hospital, UCSF, is building a new children’s hospital, and tonight was a benefit for the hospital in AT+T Park, where our SF Giants play baseball. We decided at 5pm to help fund a table for the event (we do everything last minute :-)) and up we went with our 7 and 11 year old boys who love music. We ate sweet Metaballs on the way up for dessert (nut free truffles…. My 7 year old has nut allergies….). We stood in the pouring rain and watched the local amazing band Green Day perform on stage, 10 rows away from us in the mosh pit. In lieu of hugging our boys, we carried them on our backs for the show, (they weigh 85 and 63 lbs :-)) which was amazing despite the sound system breaking due to the storm. Picture Billie Joe Armstrong switching to an acoustic guitar and mouthing the words to When September Ends, Time of Your Life (Good Riddance), and Holiday and encouraging the audience to sing the songs with him and you understand what the middle of the concert was like. I gave my extra poncho to a woman near me during the show so she could stay drier……
Pay it Forward! From Siobhan Serina Jones
You made my day. I am a vet tech and recently took on a second job. Today was just a randomly hard day due to so many little things. You reinvigorated me. I went on to pay for the treatment of a patient and treated fellow co workers to coffee. I hugged my kids extra hard tonight and shared your letter with them. Thank you so much for the change you made in us. Also it amazes me how many people we have as friends in common. Anything I can do for your cause just ask.
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