Mission: The kids range in age from newborns to young adults in local hospitals, hospices, and shelters. Most of the children we assist have life altering illnesses although we review and honor as many requests as possible in an effort to assist all children that need relief. Our requests are facilitated through the nurses, social workers, and healthcare professionals who work hands on with these children and have a unique insight into each child''s needs. This empowers us with the ability to customize wishes on an individual basis and get the children what they need most.
Target demographics: children with chronic illness and unfortunate circumstance
Geographic areas served: South Florida
Programs: Little Smiles is a 501c3 charitable organization that strives to fulfil the needs for toys, games, videos, computers, outings, special events, limousine transportation, concert and sporting event tickets, specialty dinners and celebrity meet and greets for children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters. Qualification of a Little Smiles candidate is simply any child residing in a local hospital, hospice or shelter who depends upon the above items and services to make their time in treatment more tolerable and enjoyable. Little Smiles is launching a year-round multi-dimensional effort to enhance the lives of ailing and life altering illnesses children in South Florida.
Professional with expertise in this field,07/01/2014
I had the privilege of working with Little Smiles when a family in my community needed them most. The family had a young son that was in the midst of a battle with Pancreatic Cancer. They not only did small and grand gestures for this child to bring him just a little joy as he lay in hospital and hospice beds - but through the experience I learned how much they do for MANY wonderful deserving families and children in need.
They are a world class organization with the most genuine of hearts.
Professional with expertise in this field,06/15/2014
As an RN working with the pediatric population, I've witnessed many happy faces and smiles on our pts, thanks to the time, generosity and sincere caring of the volunteers with Little Smiles. I've known the founding members for many years and have never seen a request from a pt. denied. Thanks so much from the nurses at St. Mary's Medical Centre for all that you do for pts. everywhere !
Professional with expertise in this field,06/13/2014
I have been involved with this organization for the last 3 years now. Just really amazing what they do for these kids. The stories will break your heart. And most of all, the joy that this organization brings to these kids and what they provide for them, really gives you the total picture of what an organization does to truly help our children in need.