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April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

My daughters and I learned about this organization through National Charity League. This organization donates bead kits to make bracelets to bed bound children in hospitals. It allows children to pass time pleasantly and produce something they value.

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I can't answer this because I was not there when the kits were distributed

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No changes. The organization was very pleasant and easy to work with.

April 25, 2011

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April 25, 2011

I worked with Anita Chiles on two different Saturdays. We assembled boxes with jewelery making kits for various local hospitals.
Everything was well organized and ran smoothly.
I enjoyed being with Anita; she was very appreciative of my help.
I was happy to contribute to this very
worthy cause and plan on
working with Anita again.

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I've only worked with Anita, and she was marvelous.

April 22, 2011

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April 22, 2011


We receive bead kits from the foundation for our hospitalized patients. It has been great for our patients to be able to do beading at their bedside. It is very therapeutic and they really enjoy it. It is nice to have something to distract from the hospital environment. The kits we receive
are easy for our nursing staff and volunteers to grab in a hurry.

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I personally have seen our pediatric patients enjoy the bead kits provided.

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April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

I have worked with Anita Chiles this year as a liaison with the National Charity League. We have had some of our mothers and daughters assemble the kits that are donated to the children's hospitals. All of our volunteers have enjoyed the work and felt good about what they were doing. Those of us fortunate enough to have our health can often only sympathize for those undergoing life threatening illnesses, but thanks to Anita's work, we can support these children and make a small difference in their lives.
The kits are fun for people of all ages to assemble and are done in a cute and organized manner. It is quite a simple concept that truly makes change.
I have enjoyed working with the organization not only because they are enriching the lives of children, but also because it has such low overhead. Anita does the purchasing and outreach herself, and any donations go directly to the kits and the children. It is just one fabulous woman doing great things!

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I have not delivered the kits to the hospitals, but I have seen footage of the happy faces receiving them. I have also witnessed volunteers assembling the kits and done so myself, and everyone enjoys the process. It is a great thing to do with a group because it is like an old fashioned quilting circle where your hands are occupied but you can chat.

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I think it would be valuable for some of the younger volunteers to deliver the kits to the hospital and perhaps stay and make the beads together. On the other hand, I could see that it could be risky for the patients' health if they are concerned about their immune system to have new people around.

April 20, 2011

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April 20, 2011

I have been involved with the Foundation from it's inception, as I am a personal friend of the family, and knew Alexandra since she was a baby. I have been involved as a financial supporter, a fundraiser and a committee member as we organized a successful first annual Garden Party fundraiser here in our home town of Atherton. I believe in the Mission of the foundation, and want to carry on the spirit of service that defined Alexandra as a loving and caring person wanting to help other children who face serious illness. The founder, Anita Chiles and her husband work tirelessly to reach out to youth groups fostering community service by building the Craft Kits for so many children in pediatric and adolescent hospital care. Anita Chiles its an amazing woman who has soldiered this effort for many years, promoting awareness to high school and youth charity groups about how they too can become involved, working as an example to young people. She is an inspiration increasing awareness of life threatening disease in children and teenagers and has carried her daughter's legacy selflessly to others in our community doing by proving that one person CAN make a difference! I have enjoyed assisting Anita in her fundraising efforts, spreading awareness in the community and helping further Alexandra's dream of helping children through creative means.

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The number of high school and service groups have benefited by this program, serving other children through creative means, assembling craft kits for the hospitals in our metropolitan area. Through this process, the kids learn about children( like themselves )facing serious and life threatening illness. They get to see how their efforts impact the lives of these children and at the same time learn the blessing of service to others.

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Have a larger volunteer base. Have a larger Executive Committee. More marketing and public relations. Increased funding base. Create a viable 5 year financial and project/service plan for the organization.

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