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Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Gift Distribution, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Music

Mission: As each child is unique, so is every "song of love" composition. In 13 years, the Songs of Love Foundation has reached out to over 19,000 children in over 500 hospitals and health care facilities in all 50 states. The songs have often been played to alleviate pain and trauma during painful and scary hospital treatments. The song recipients have played their "songs of love" in all kinds of situations and settings such as car trips to the hospital, show and tell at school, for family and friends in person or on the phone, and even for the doctors and nurses. The children have their "songs of love" always available to them whenever they are feeling down.Songs have also been played at funerals as a memorial to the child''s beauty and spirit.

Results: Over 20,000 children have received a "song of love".

Target demographics: Seriously ill children and teens from 1-21 years of age.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 3,000

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Songs of Love reaches out daily to new facilities to inform them of our unique free service. 100 New facilities a year are sent materials to enable them to request personalized songs for the children under their care.As a way to reach out to many more children, beside receiving monetary contributions from the public, our vehicle donation program called CARS(Children Are Receiving Songs)wascreated to bring in additional funds to help many more children.The vehicle donation program is completely self-sufficient and all its administrative expenses are paid from the proceeds of donated vehicles. The rest is used to further our mission of music. Because of the high cost of advertising and towing fees, it effects our ratio of programmatic vs administrative/fundraising expenses as a whole. Anyone wanting to donate cash to Songs of Love must keep in mind that 80% of their donation will go towards program services expenses and only 20% towards administrative expenses. We ask that all donors look at our CARS program as a separate entity set up to help us increase our program funding. Advertising and towing costs are necessary expenses to ensure the success of our CARS program.Songs of Love without its CARS program proudly allocates 80% of its monetary donations to program services.To date over 500 children's hospitals and healthcare facilites have used our service and over 100 songwriters are currently creating songs for children all over the world. Songs have been written in over 30 languages and in 10 different countries.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really love the song they made for my daughter. It really made her feel re really special

Laura'Hugo J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When life surprises your family ending up living in between hospital and clinic, seeing your child suffering for pain getting to many treatments ,surgeries , to many side effects , not able to go, to school don't even knowing if one day he is going to be able. Can you imagine the economic issue .thanks to the many people that give us support, "SONGS OF LOVE FOUNDATION " they are amazing they made a beautiful song for my son for free ,the lyrics described him perfectly ,the music was exactly my sons favorite, they really take care of the details, I can express how music helps to forget about anything ,days were so hard, that you pray for a break for a good night , the song magically distress him, thanks to SONGS OF LOVE he had many good nights that help us to have the strength necessary for the next days, one day at a time starts better whit a good night at a time THANK YOU VERY MUCH SONGS OF LOVE.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I had my son who was born with a malformation in the brain I felt so sad, thinking he would never be able to play or grow normal,,one of the most beautiful things he likes is music, when he had his second head surgery at the,hospital imet Songs of Love they put al the love to this song made specialy for my baby all his first year of life in one song,, this changed my life my son loves to listen to his song over n over,, tears of joy fall from my eyes to see him so happy... Thank Songs of Love you are so special to my son.....

Sol A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has worked/volunteered for this charity for several years I wanted to share just how impactful their work is on the lives of the kids they help. Songs of Love has helped over 24,000 kids nationwide by giving them their very own song. I initially did not think much of it until I saw first hand how happy and excited the children get when listening to a song that is all about them. Children who are going through treatments and procedures that most adults could not endure are smiling because their song focus' on only the good and happy times of their lives. I love hearing music and can only imagine a song that is in the style that the child likes and lyrics all about them and how they can feel the "music therapy" doing its job. Songs of Love is doing a great one of a kind service and I just hope the music never stops.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with songs of love for about 5 years now and have seen it grow to help more families. Songs of Love has some of the most compassionate hard working people I know. I have recieved many letters and pictures from the children I have written songs for over the years. When I get the letter and read there words it makes me feel like I am actually a part of helping others. The letters and pictures really let you know how much Songs Of Love means to the family. It is a priviledge to work with such a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Grandson, Zak is 6 and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 9 months old. We put his song into a slide show of family pics. He loves the song and I love Songs of Love. It brightens the life of these precious gifts from God. Zak cannot run and play, but he can play video games and is learning tread. I did send a copy of his movie to Songs of Love. I hope they share it with you all. Thank you Melanie for sharing this wonderful org. with me. God Bless All!

5 trudyp10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Trudy Perkins My son James DelRossi was Diagnosed at 14 with a Non-Germonomous Germ Cell Tumor We were sent to Nyu Medical Center and we also stayed at Ronald McDonald House for a 1 1/2 yrs for Treatment We were in the Kitchen Dinning area at Ronald McDonald House and these people walked in with these applications to fill out for Songs-of-love With everything going on the treatment making him either tired or Ill to weak to eat . This was a wonderful day his eyes lit up made him smile and when your going through this ordeal all you want to do is see your child have some joy . He filled out his profile and waited for the Cd they even personalize it with your picture and when he listened to it he started dancing and made him feel important My son is now 20 and in remmision and he still brings his Songs-of-Love Cd's for people to listen to Music is Healing just like laughter is for your soul you need it to Survive Thank You Trudy Perkins

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Using songs to aide in the healing and comforting of children this organizatio​n is an organizatio​n that I have grown to love. Each song is unique and the happiness it brings a sick children is immeasurabl​e. We continue to listen to Felicia's song everyday, take a minute and watch along to a video my friend made for us. http://www.​youtube.com​/watch?v=VZ​6iWMPSVx0 This songs really made Felicia feel special during all her long hospital visit. Thank you Songs of Love. And if you know an organizatio​n that would like to donate or make a song for a child, Songs of Love will let you participate. What an amazing feeling that would be, knowing that you brought a smile to sick child's face and helped heal their soul

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been writing personal songs for children with the Songs of Love Foundation since 1998. So far I am up to 68 songs and counting. I can tell you that it would be far more if I did it full time. If ever there was an organization that truly thought of the children it represented with good will and intentions it's this non profit organization. Everyone I've known who worked with Songs of Love has always put in an ernest efffort to make sure that the emotional & theraputic needs of children and their families were met. Consider the healing power of music and you will understand what that means... Songwriter/Artist : Irving Louis Lattin

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a member of this foundation since it's inception, I must say that it is one of the greatest non profits out there. I have been privileged to experience the joy and comfort that these personalized songs bring to the children and their families. Music is indeed very powerful and has great healing powers. When a child hears a song that is all about them and all the great aspects of their life, they feel so proud. How cool is it to have your own song!?!? Not many people can say that.