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Little Smiles Inc

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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

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Vanessa21

Client Served

Rating: 5

While my grandson was going through chemo and radiation treatments, Little Smiles was there to brighten his day. They provided a stocked 'junk food' drawer of snacks and crackers and juices, sometimes that is all that Cameron would eat during his stay at the hospital. Little Smiles would bring in toys and entertainment for the kids and somebody could usually get a smile out of Cam, when he was feeling really yucky and drained. Whenever I had the opportunity to speak or meet with one of the Little Smiles people, they always made me feel like we mattered and took the time to listen, no matter what I was talking about.

3 Victor8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with such compassionate and dedicated people from Little Smiles is such a blessing. Their hard work shows on the faces of our dear children. We love you guys!!

2 Kimberly79

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Tracy N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Recently my small charity Garden of Hope reached out to Little Smiles Josh Daniels to help us with a beautiful brain tumor survivor's wish to go sky diving. Within a couple of weeks we were standing in a small field with friends and family preparing to watch our girl jump from a plane. At the last minute her father was asked to join her in this exciting endeavor. This event not only made a young girl show how brave and strong she is but helped our small charity grow.

The staff of Little Smiles were professional and caring. I would love to work with them in the future.

Thank you
Garden of HOPE
Tracy Newfield-Founder

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Smiles is a phenominal organization that supports our pediatric oncology patients througout their battle with cancer and sickle cell anemia. This organization is profoundly kind and assists our team providing necessary joy, normalicy and opportunities to enrich their recovery periods. Whether it is monthly pizza parites for our entire Children's Hospital, specific wishs from patients to ease their admission(i-pads, computers, photographic equiptment or trips inbetween chemo therapy I can't imagine our program without Josh Daniels and his wonderful team at Little Smiles.They are a cornerstone for our suport services and we are honored to partner with them!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Smiles always brings incredible staff and volunteers to our hospital and makes these patients smile and be so happy! Little Smiles is an incredible organizaiton that delivers exceptional care and love for patients and families. Whenever we have a need, Little Smiles go above and beyond to make our kids happy. We are so fortunate to have them involved with our hospital!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Smiles consistently goes over and above in meeting kids' needs and requests! Throughout the year, if a need arises, we know just who to turn to. Their generosity provides our kids in foster care some amazing summer vacation activities that bring them such excitement! As the one who organizes these requests, it has been my pleasure to partner with such a professional, genuine and caring team.

3 Kelly125

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got to spend time with one of the kids who is a Little Smiles kid. We took him and a friend of him surfing before he was to have a surgery that may keep him from ever surfing again. The Little Smiles board member who organized it is very caring and is a huge asset to this organization who is making lasting changes for children!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Smiles of children are a precious gift. The dedication of this group to erase fears, and provide joy to children and their family's is life changing to witness.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 !

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Little smiles is an unbelievable organization in our community. I have had the opportunity to witness the huge difference they have made in so many children's lives. The joy they are able to bring to these kids and their families is life changing to all involved and I've seen it inspire so many to continue to do good.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization gives comfort, fun, and smile to children when they need it most.
I love seeing them host parties in the children's ward of local hospitals and safe houses.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of attending a few of the events and have seen first hand the joy they bring to these children's faces. What a great organization and I recommend you take the time to get to know them. What they do for these kids is life changing.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen Little Smiles make a huge difference in not just the patients lives, but supporting the entire family when dealing with serious medical conditions. Sometimes it's not always about what you "give" but the way you give the support that matters most. The entire crew from Little Smiles is there day in and day out making sure a family can focus on health matters and lessening the burdens of simple chores that pile up as families deal with medical issues.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Little Smiles has done so much for the kids that are patients in Plantation General Hospital. They fill our treasure chest with toys and surprizes, provide fun snacks. send us socks, sippy cups, tee shirts, DVDs ...all for the kids in our hospital. As a manager in the hospital, I have requested many itemns over the last few years and have they have always said yes. They bring "Smiles" to the kids and the staff at PGH.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a single mom with three children and I just met Barbara Jean with Little Smiles just weeks ago but I feel like I have know her forever. What a very caring person. She makes me feel (no matter what I am helping her with) like I helped her move mountains. This foundation is amazing and they help change lives for sure. I feel very lucky to have met these people with this foundation and would help with my time whenever I can.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved in the many fund raisers, from the golf outings to the Gala's each and every year held in their honor. There is no way to describe the over-whelming joy I receive when watching the faces of these children gleem with excitment upon exiting a Lemo onto a red-carpet with hundreds of fans shouting their names and taking pictures. They are stars for a night and warriors for life. The board-members, volunteers and nurses who make a difference in these childrens lives is magic, truely inspirational. I cannot begin to say enough for this charity. There is no better cause than giving these kids a reason to smile.

2 lynnfarmer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have this organization in our community. While Palm Beach County has great wealth, it, too, has great need. As a Pediatric nurse, I, like my colleagues are directly involved in caring for a very diverse population. For many children, the hospital is a second home. Little Smiles provides the diversion from the treatments, medications and endless days spent in the hospital. Kids can be kids, even for an afternoon of Nerf Wars, a slice of pizza, a special toy to make the medical goals they achieve even sweeter. There are so many ways this amazing group of professionals bring a smile to the face of a child. For a child, their "job" is to play, and Little Smiles gives them permission to be a kid. On behalf of all the children that have no voice, and all those that will find their voice through Little Smiles, this nurse is grateful, thank you.

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2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Pediatric nurse for many years. In that time I have been witness to many situations where a child has had to face an event or illness many adults would fear. Little Smiles has been right there with us for a number of those years, offering comfort in ways only they can provide. Whether we need an IPAD to enable a child to communicate, a toy to provide diversion for a long stay or the 3AM snack for the newly admitted child. The nurses have been supported to provide comfort for children, many facing life threatening conditions and those that have had a traumatic event, and the patients that have faced extended admissions lasting months. Little Smiles is amazing, and always there to support the nurse and patient to achieve the same goal. We are blessed to have Little Smiles. So, may I say, on behalf of all the children that have no voice, and all those that will find theirs through LIttle Smiles, thank you, thank you, thank you!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although we help on very limited basis and we wish we could do more... this is one of the greatest, most incredible, and best charities out there. Words truly cannot describe the enormous and arduous work of the volunteers to bring cheer to the hearts of the little smiles.