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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cancer, Children & Youth, Humanities, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Glenn W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be the sitting Vice President of this wonderful organization. It is far more than a Charity to me and for me because of the fact that we are involved, hands on and in my opinion, effective in bringing huge smiles to children who suffer the simplest of injuries that might require hospitialization, to the most serious. We interact with the Nurses, ChildLife Specialists, Staff and the kids and their families and I actually get to witness the impact of our donor's gifts, be they monetary or an actual gift. One day I met this amazing young man named Chip Donahue, the founder of Little Smiles who did a presentation at a club I was a member of. I was so intrigued that I couldnt wait to see what I could do to help. That turned into meeting some outstanding Nurses, Child Life Specialists and kids that maybe wouldnt have had such a great day were it not for the generosity of others. I met and got to know the families of these children, witness their struggles and had them share their concerns with me. I got to see true courage in children who through no fault of their own were born with dibiliating illness like Cancer. I have seen the smiles and shared them. I have seen the tears and shed them. But above all else, no matter what the outcomes were, I have seen the smiles and enjoyed them. I would not trade the experiences I have had as a friend of Little Smiles, a member of the Board of Directors and now the VP, for anything. I share my passion with some truly wonderful and giving people who give freely of their time and resources to just make a child smile. The greatest gift of all. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share this and for those of you who took the time to read it, I thank you more because of you and your gracious hearts, I know that we will create more smiles for more children.

2 Chip D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is great to see both a child and a nurse smile.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

A few years ago I went to Palms West Hospital for a Nerf Gun Fight. We entered a small room that had beds with little kids all hooked up to machines, someone called it the "Chemo Room." We carried in a couple boxes of big Nerf guns, darts and goggles. The kids too weak to walk sat up in bed and others got to “unplug” and run around. The next thing I knew the room was full of screaming and laughing and the air was full of Nerf Darts! I don’t know who had more fun, me or those kids. I’ve been on the Board of Directors for Little Smiles since that day!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board member, to see the direct impact that this charity has on children, leaves me in tears each and every time. Before serving as a Board member, my son was touched by this organization when he was hospitalized for an extended period.

Before I knew it, several Board members came by to visit him and to make sure his stay was comfortable, brought in some of his favorite foods. They even brought in huge trays of food for all the children staying in the hospital.

But they didn't stop there! As with most children staying in the hospital, they become bored. So an Xbox gaming system with all the trimmings and several games was delivered to him. Talk about putting a smile on a child's face!

In closing, the best charity with the most humble volunteers and Board members to serve with.