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May 25, 2011

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May 25, 2011

The Alexandra Chiles Foundation provides bead kits and other creative activities for very sick girls to help alleviate the stress of their illness and provide some welcome relief from their sickness. Having had a child with a tumor in her back, I have some understanding of how important these small acts of kindess can be for someone who is sick. I'm sure this organization has helped brighten the day of thousands of sick girls over the years and will continue this important work for many years to come!

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I have not given the bead kits to the girls myself, but hope to do so in the future!

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April 30, 2011

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April 30, 2011

My daughter and I first found out about the Alexandra Chiles Foundation through the Stanford Hills Chapter of National Charity League in 2000. Sadly, Alex had died just a few months before we joined NCL. We learned about the work she did creating various crafts and bead projects for hundreds of hospitalized children while herself fighting her battle against cancer. Here we were: a healthy mother and daughter. Our own volunteer work paled in comparison to what Alex had done.

Over the past ten years I have worked on Alexandra Chiles Foundation projects with both of my daughters. We have packaged beautiful craft kits for hospitalized children who crave something to do while recuperating. The instructions for preparing the kits are lovingly laid out with clear attention to detail. The kits are a gift in themselves and then through craftsmanship become a gift for sick children to use or give as gifts to others. The packaging materials are colorful and of high quality. All items are carefully counted and compiled. Every last detail is considered.

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The grassroots effort by the Chiles family evolved into a Foundation to make sure that children at local San Francisco Bay Area hospitals had activities to pass the time while recuperating. There are many volunteer groups that prepare the kits. The Foundation ships them out. The work is easy with clear instructions. We prepare kits in groups, around the kitchen table, at meetings or in front of TV. The work is a refreshing break from computer screen time.

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I wouldn't change a thing other than get the word out so that more groups could make kits for hospitalized children.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

Some of my most fun and creative times have been during "Craft Kit Parties" which we hosted many times in our home. Several people gathered to put together one or more types of Craft Kits - which ever were most needed at the time. Anita would arrive with her wonderful array of beautiful beads and other necessary materials, and we had the fun of choosing fun potential combinations...enough for someone to complete the project, but with enough extras that the recipient still had choices! And what wasn't as visible...all the love that also went into each little kit. Knowing how many kits had been requested by different organizations, we knew that at least part of a day could be made a little brighter for a child who could have the fun of creating something beautiful! I wish I still lived in the bay area so I could host or attend more of these gatherings!

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No changes are needed, other than to have an unlimited bead budget.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

My four children and I have been involved with the Alexandra Chiles Foundation for over two years. Mrs. Anita Chiles runs a fabulous operation which we are proud to be associated. Two of my girls are part of the Stanford Hills National Charity League. We have helped organization get togethers with friends to assemble bead kits for the foundation. Mrs. Chiles is incredibly organized so that we cannot help but produce a kit which a child receives while she/he is receiving her/his treatment and find it rewarding. Each kit is beautiful packaged, labeled and ALWAYS holds everything required to produce a keychains, bracelets, necklaces or lanyard.

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The Alexandra Chiles "story" is one that touches all of us yet we do not hear about it as much as we should. There are many children in this world who become ill with cancer. It is difficult to process the images/information. My children and I volunteer with The Ronald McDonald House as well where families with children live while the children are receiving treatment from Lucille Packard Children's Hospital. It is rewarding to know that my family and I can make a little difference.

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I would try to find a way to help them raise awareness and raise more money.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Anita Chiles began this charity in memory of her daughter Alexandra. Out of such sadness came tremendous giving and happiness to others.

The Alexandra Chiles Foundation provides bead kits for children in the hospital. The kits are laboriously put together by volunteers. The patients
are given the kits and make bracelets for themselves and loved ones. This project provides a wonderful distraction from their illness for these hospitalized kids and the finished bracelet provides many smiles as well.

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Working alongside my daughters putting the kits together exposed my own children to philanthropy.

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None.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

The Alexandra Chiles Foundation creates bead kits for children in hospitals. It provides the kids the opportunity to enjoy crafting and to create gifts they can give to others. As volunteers, my daughter and I assemble the bead kits in our home. Simple activities that we can do together while talking or watching TV. A great way to help children in need from the comfort of your own home.

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the wonderful time my daughter and I have had together writing notes to the sick children and putting together these great craft kits that will provide them with something other than TV/video games to pass the time. Enjoy enabling sick children being able to do something for someone else.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add the opportunity to deliver kits directly to the hospital.

More feedback...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Gave a wonderful time for my daughter and I to volunteer together.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Joyful that we are bringing smiles and positive experiences to critically ill kids.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Before moving out of state in 2008, I used to volunteer regularly for the Alexandra Chiles Foundation. I hosted a number of "craft kit assembly parties" and invited friends of all ages to participate. It was a fun way to volunteer while socializing with friends. The craft kits provided by this foundation offers hospitalized children a creative outlet that can be performed from the bed if needed. It also helps patients and guests deal with challenging circumstances by providing them with an interactive activity. Finally, the foundation relies heavily on local teen volunteers to assemble the craft kits for their peers, other teens and children in local hospitals.

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the community. I've witnessed how much these kits mean to friends of mine who were hospitalized as children (and wish they had things like this then!) and heard countless stories and testimonials from those who have witnessed the craft kits in action.

Ways to make it better...

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find a way to replicate it in other local communities. Part of the power comes from fact that volunteers assemble the craft kits and hand write a gift card tag. All kits have stickers placed on them with the name of the organization that assembled the kits. This cannot be mass produced in a factory so it is vital to have lots of volunteers to assemble the kits. Also, it would be great to get some corporate sponsorships from jewelry supply companies.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

Alexandra Chiles was a member of our neighborhood family. A beautiful girl with sparkling blue eyes and a winsome smile, Alex was diagnosed with leukemia as a young teen. As she battled the disease over many years, much of her time was spent in ICU. To combat boredom, anger, pain and frustration, Alex requested crafting materials. Day after day, she beaded: bracelets, lanyards, anything small and pretty. Then she sent them out to other kids in the hospital - kids she had never met. Friends and strangers loved Alex.

When Alex died, her mother determined to find a way to continue to give the gift of Alex's generosity and hope. Many friends, including myself, offered to help to assemble the small beading kits and to deliver them to our local children's hospital. To work with Anita is to catch her vision and to be astonished by her tireless efforts to satisfy the requests for ACF craft kits. I wish I could do even more.

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Listening to the stories of hospitalized kids who found joy in creating small beaded gifts that they could choose to wear or give to someone else. Speaking with hospital personnel who have been present in a children's hospital ICU and have seen firsthand the positive impact that these small kits make in a patient's outlook. One girl facing her third major surgery asked if she could please have 3 kits to complete and leave for friends. These kept her mind busy while she waited. Little gift...Big Benefits!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to enable ACF to expand nationally and be able to provide EVERY seriously ill teenager with the colorful kits that beg to be completed and gifted. ACF needs greater name recognition ... more PR. Increased funds would allow for hiring someone to coordinate the operational flow, so that Anita could dream more and do more public speaking to increase awareness. I would try to insure that ACF be built on a foundation that would keep it functioning into the future as a memorial to Alex and her love.

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.

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