Family Bowling Event
Wednesday, February 19th
Place: Herrill Lanes
465 Herricks Road
New Hyde park
Looking for something fun AND meaningful to do over the long, long Winter break? Get ready to have a ball when you come on down to our Family Bowling Event. Just $15 per person gets you 2 games, shoes and food-and an easy way to donate to The Lexiebean Foundation. There will even be raffles for the kids!
Pay in advance to reserve your lane. But hurry-this event will sell out fast!
Holiday Toy Drive
The Lexiebean Foundation needs YOU to donate new, unwrapped toys that we will use as holiday gifts for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings.Call us at our offices at: 516-776-9415 to find out when you can drop off the toys and for directions to our offices.
Thirty-eight families responded to our call to become "Lexie's Elves" this holiday season. Those families will fulfill wish lists for our kids, their siblings and parents--and put smiles back on their faces. Our slots went fast, so if you're interested in being an elf next year, please let us know. Also, we still really need new, unwrapped toys, iTunes gift cards, board games, arts and crafts projects and more for our Holiday party at Cohen's Children's Hospital on January 8th. So please pick these gifts up on your holiday shopping travels, and drop them off at our Lexiebean office! Call us at 516-776-9415 for more details.
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The Lexiebean Foundation has been nominated under the category of Best Charity on Long Island. Winning accolades such as this one would allow us to reach more people--resulting in greater publicity, possible donations and grants, and more volunteers who will help us with their time, energy, and expertise.
So how can you help? Go to the link below and vote every single day until December! Look for us under "services, charity, the lexiebean foundation--plainview."
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Inspiration and Motivation for those touched by cancer
10 Ways to "Give Thanks"
Have you been truly blessed? Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to celebrate your good fortune and "pay it forward" by remembering others who may need a little help. Here are ten easy ways that you can "give thanks" by helping children with cancer and their families.
- Deliver a special meal to a family spending the holidays in the hospital and help create a Thanksgiving a sick child will always remember.
- Celebrate the season of abundance with a bake sale-and donate the proceeds to The Lexiebean Foundation. We'll use that money to help the kids and families who need it!
- Are you an elementary school teacher or a religious education teacher? Here's a craft you can do with your kids that would really delight our kids: create special Thanksgiving cards. Whether it's a hand-drawn card or a computer generated masterpiece, nothing makes children feel happier than a letter that lets them know they're not forgotten
- Make a Thanksgiving Turkey Centerpiece craft (you can find lots of them on the internet) and deliver them to a pediatric cancer ward. It will brighten up a young child's hospital room and make them feel part of the festivities
- Let's not forget the nurses and doctors either! They do so much for our kids; why not bring a platter of cookies or a bouquet of Gerbera daisies to say "thanks" to the staff
- Invite a family over for a fully cooked meal. If their child is too sick to come, drop off a meal for them to enjoy so Mom, Dad and the kids can relax and enjoy a quiet day at home.
- Did you earn a turkey from your supermarket this year? Families with sick children often suffer financial difficulties brought on by high medical bills. If you earn more than one or want to donate your own turkey, surprise a family with it so they can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner
- Offer to bake an extra pie or wait in line at the local bakery so weary parents can rest and their family can enjoy some pie too
- Give a sibling a break! Invite them for dessert at your house on Thanksgiving night, or ask them to join you for some shopping on Black Friday morning.
- The holidays can be so hard for families who have lost a child. Let them know their child will never be forgotten by sending them a card highlighting the many ways you're thankful for having known their child; by creating a keepsake ornament with the name of their child on it; or by making a holiday donation to a charity in honor of their dearly departed child.
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Now that Thanksgiving is almost here, we've been thinking about all the things we have to be thankful for here at The Lexiebean Foundation.
We are so very thankful for everyone who supports us in our mission to help kids struggling with cancer and their families. We are eternally grateful to our donors, our volunteers, our Lexie's Legs team members and everyone who has ever supported us in any way. You are appreciated more than you can ever know.
We would also like to thank the families we help. Thank you for turning to us and allowing us to use our own experiences to make this difficult time a little bit easier for you. Thanks for letting us help you, support you, and be there for you through the highs and lows of your child's cancer diagnosis.
Finally, to celebrate Thanksgiving in a novel way, discover ten simple ways to help a family touched by cancer with tips from Lexie's Corner, or be inspired by the ways people have helped us in Tanner's High Fives.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, and a year filled with more reasons to feel thankful.
All Our Best,
Your Friends at The Lexiebean Foundation
Tanner's High Fives
Whenever our young friend Tanner thought people did something really awesome, he'd give them a high five. So, in his memory, we'd like to give some High Fives and a giant "Thank You" to some truly amazing people:
- Matthew Kelly, who is 13 years old, attended school with Lexie and chose to do his mitzvah project collecting bottles and cans to raise money for the Lexiebean Foundation (he also simultaneously raised additional funds for The Steven Petillo foundation, in memory of another student from Lexie's class who passed away due to a car accident). Matthew raised over $500 for the Foundation and had the younger classes in his school make get well cards for the kids in the hospital too. What a sweet mitzvah project!
- Thanks for spreading the word about the work we do here at the Foundation, Nicole and Dan Casale! Nicole and Dan shared the Love, Lexie blog with their friend, Tracey DiNapoli (of the Mathew DiNapoli Foundation), and they in turn donated $500 from their annual fundraiser to The Lexiebean Foundation. Learn more about Mat and their Foundation at: http://matdinapoli.wordpress.com/im-all-in-the-maty-d-scholarship-fund
Here are some excerpts from the beautiful letter Tracey Dinapoli of the Mathew Dinapoli Foundation sent to us after they held their annual "I'm all in" fundraiser and sent a very generous donation to the Lexiebean Foundation. We are thrilled that the stories of our kids-including Lexie and Tanner-are touching people every day
- Chris and GianPaul Conti , Christian and Angelica Cardenas, Anthony and Ava Falabella volunteered their time wrapping brand new hat/glove sets (generously donated by Crystin Giersberg) into individual bags to be distributed to over 200 kids at Cohen children's medical center and Winthrop children's cancer center.
- Thanks to Betty and Johnathan Raz for their donation to The Lexiebean Foundation in memory of Tanner.
Thanks for being so awesome!
Join Our Team
Our running team participates in various races throughout the year and we are currently looking for a few "fresh legs" to join us. If you love to run AND want to be a part of a truly worthwhile cause, please contact our Running Coordinator, Donna Greenstein for more information at: email@example.com and put "Lexie's Legs Team" in the subject line of your email. Thanks!
Our Lexie's Legs runners are already looking to train for their next opportunity to raise money for the foundation! To show your support, please go to our website and "adopt" a Lexie's Legs runner that you can sponsor.
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We need YOU to Volunteer
Do you need hours for religious service? Want to get involved, but you're just not sure how? Here are some easy ways to help:
- Donate your credit card reward points to purchase gift cards that help our families
- Help us create care baskets or do administrative tasks
- Come to the event and lend a helping hand
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get involved.
In our Prayers:
Please keep Prestun, age 4, in your prayers. He was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma. We met Prestun recently when The Lexiebean Foundation provided some much needed assistance to his family.
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