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Spreading Some Smiles Campaign



“Spreading Some Smiles”


On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Randieh Kassouf stood up during Morning Prayer to tell his fellow students how he and his family wanted to spread smiles to others this Christmas Season.  Randieh, along with his siblings, Marie-Belle and Georges, thought of the idea of bringing smiles to the patients in Children’s Hospital by raising funds through a Go Fund Me Account and bringing toys to the children. The PTG felt that this was a wonderful idea and wanted to know how we, as a school, could help.  After some discussions, we decided to ask all of you to help the Kassouf family reach their goal!  To get involved, we are asking that you send in a gift for one of the patients in the hospital.  To teach our children the true meaning of Christmas, we thought it would be fitting to have your child write a letter that could go along with the gift, wishing the patients a Merry Christmas and letting them know that we are praying for them.  All gifts can be sent in through the school and must follow the guidelines below.  Gifts must be sent in by December 7th

You can also help by donating to the Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/n9gqzt-make-a-kid-smile.


On Friday, December 15th, after school, the Kassouf family and the PTG will be meeting in the Rutkowski Religious Education Building (the red brick house near the Bower Hill Rd. entrance) to put bows on all the gifts, organize them, and load the truck.  We are looking for some volunteers to help with the process.  If you can lend a hand, please email Jessica Heckroth at jess0314@verizon.net or Aida Kassouf at nakassouf@hotmail.com. Please consider coming with your child to help and let’s spread some smiles this Christmas Season! 


Donating Guidelines from Children’s Hospital

In a hospital setting, safety and infection prevention are of utmost importance. To support the health and well-being of our patients, please keep the following guidelines in mind when donating:

* All donated items must be NEW (store-bought and in original packaging) and SAFE (non-toxic)

*We CANNOT accept used or "previously loved" items

*We CANNOT accept items that have been stored or an extended period of time, are no longer clean/fresh, or have a strong odor (perfume, cigarette, etc.)

* PLEASE DO NOT GIFT WRAP the donation.


Wish Lists

The items listed below are the most requested and needed to help support our patients. The list is not exhaustive, and we are always looking for new ways to help provide comfort and normalcy to our patients and families. 


All Ages/Abilities

* GIFT CARDS –Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Toys R Us, clothing stores, etc.

* Event tickets – movie theater passes, sporting events, theater shows, concerts, etc.

* DVDs, books, magazines, video games

 *Games – card games, board games, etc.


Infants and Toddlers (Items labeled for ages 0-2 years)

* Gift cards – Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, etc. 

* Infant gyms - i.e. Little Tykes 5-in-1 Adjustable Gym ®, Chicco Duo Gym ®

* Rattles, teethers, small hand toys,

* Activity, light-up, and/or musical toys


Pre-school Age Children (Items labeled for ages 3-5 years)

* Gift cards – Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.

* Pretend play – i.e. kitchen, baby dolls (plastic), tools, etc.

* Animals, dinosaurs, people figures, etc.

* Popular characters – i.e. Thomas the Train ®, Sesame Street ®, Disney ®, etc.

* Little People ®, V-Tech ®, Fisher Price ®, Baby Einstein ®, Step 2, ® Little Tikes ®, etc.


School Age Children (Items labeled for ages 6-12 years)

* Gift cards – Toys R Us, Target, Walmart, etc.

* Lego’s ®

* Cars and trucks *non-remote controlled* – i.e. Matchbox ®

* Barbie ® dolls, including Ken ®, various ethnicities

* Action figures, super heroes *non-violent*

* Art kits


Teens (Items labeled for ages 13 years and older)

* Gift cards – i.e. Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, clothing stores, etc.

* Kits – i.e. craft, model, building

* Lego’s ® Architecture

* Clothing – pants (pajama, sweat, leggings), t-shirts, sweatshirts, fuzzy socks, etc.

* Accessories – hair, nail polish, jewelry, etc.

* Sports – i.e. Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, college, etc.