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Magical Memories

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Striving to make magical memories happen for local children living day to day with life threatening and terminal illnesses and disabilities.

Results: We have touched the lives of many ill children and their families right here in the direct community that we live in. These children have brought so much joy and happiness into the lives of those in our community. Our goal is continue this party for years to come and bring many more smiles to faces of those experience such hardships in their childhood and continue to make memories that these families can hold forever in their hearts.

Target demographics: children who live daily with life threatening and terminal illnesses

Geographic areas served: UNION, COLUMBIA, MONTOUR, SNYDER, NORTHUMBERLAND AND LYCOMING COUNTIES OF PA

Programs: An annual holiday party for these special children, providing them with a special day to enjoy themselves while trying to put their illness and medical issues behind them for a moment of time. They don’t have to feel different if they don’t have hair or are in a wheelchair because many guests share similar issues. This party is only made possible by the support and dedication of the community we live in. Without support, this party would not be possible. Our group relies 100% on donations to make this party come to fruition. In the past entertainment provided has included: Woody Wolfe, the Kingdom Kidz puppets, Aaron Kelly from Season 9 of American Idol, The Balloon men, and the Union County Dairy Princess to name a few. We also provide crafts for the children as well as professional photography for the children and their families to be able to cherish a serious or silly family photo.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jenn10

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I consider it an honor and a privilege to support this nonprofit financially. Kerry Tilford goes above and beyond every year to ensure that the Make-A-Wish children in this area are treated to a spectacular holiday party. Her efforts along with the numerous parents, volunteers and area businesses who also offer their support and donations should also be commended. It is truly special to be a part of such a special event.

1 Robbi T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for this none profit for 4 years now. I am so impressed with how it's run and what it does for the kids with medical conditions. Making memories with theirs familys is what it all about. Will continue to be a part of this as long as I can.

1 Deb P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization that does so much for the sick children in our area. There is nothing better than seeing a smile on a child's face or watching their eyes light up when they get to be kids without worry of their illness. Through my time spent with Magical Memories these are but a few of the touching moments I've been able to experience. You get far more than you give when you get involved with this amazing group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year volunteering with Magical Memories and I know I'll be involved with them for many years to come. This group goes above and beyond to make sure that the children in our 5 county area have the most wonderful unforgettable Christmas party imaginable. I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful organization and all the magical things they do.

1 Tammy99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that has left my family with wonderful memories.

1 Catherine65

Volunteer

Rating: 2

I love helping with this organization every year! Seeing the smiles on all of those children's faces, and the joy they have is really inspiring! And for one special person to do so much for so many people is so inspiring! Kerry Dugan-Tilford does so much and is such a loving person and she inspires so many people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy helping with yhis organization, seeing the joy on the individual's face is rewarding. Kerry Tilford goes above and beyond for magical memories.

2 Trisha M.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be able to help out with this awesome non-profit. I absolutely love that I can help out families in my own area. The Magical Memories team is truly inspirational and do so much for the families in the community

2

Donor

Rating: 5

It is awesome to see the community support this organization rallies!! It's all about the kids and their families. I am privileged to have the opportunity to be part of a local family business that can help get the word out and raise funds. We are thrilled to connect with MM and see how amazing they are!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is an amazing non-profit. I am proud to say that Magical Memories is my # 1 non-profit to support. The amazing things they do for children with terminal illnesses and life threatening diseases, is why I keep on giving. The people that run the foundation have hearts of gold!

2 Laura236

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love all you do for children. So grateful that I'm able to volunteer for such a wonderful cause.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were so honored to attend magical memories Christmas party. It was amazing and for a day my son was able to forget he was I'll and enjoy all the great activities there to so. Words just cannot explain my gratitude for this wonderful charity.

2 Robert89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this amazing orginazation who helps terminally ill children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit orginazation does a great deal of work with Children who are terminally ill. Everyone person deserves to have fun in life and have a great chance at life. What this orginasation does far exceeds the standards for this. This is an orginazation who puts smiles on childrens faces especially at christmas time. They have a party every year for these kids and they rely on us the community to help them. It is my honor and a great privilege to be able to donate my time to them and help them out. I will ask my friends to help me out and donate there time as well. God has blessed this orginazation and has shown me what it is like to be a help to someone in need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that helps local kids. We put on a great Christmas party every year. It is all done with donations and volunteers. I love helping them every year. It is a wonderful thing to see the joy on the children's faces!!!!!!!

2 Katy Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the mother of a cancer warrior, I cannot say how important the work Magical Memories is to families. This organization brings joy and love to kids going though so much. My son loves his t.shirt and feels special thanks to thief wonderful kindness. The experiences they offer help the whole family feel they have people on their side and this truly helps get through painful times.

2 Debbie157

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing NonProfit organization! The Christmas Praty that is thrown for the kids and their families is incredible! The fist time I helped I cried when I walked in and saw everything! No words can really express the joy and amazement that this orginazation puts in these kids eyes! I look forward to volunteering for as long as I'm able too! ❤️

2 Melissa250

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been both a privilege and honor to serve as a volunteer for Magical Memories. I worked at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville and have taken care of many of the children who are members of MAGICAL Memories. I have seen these children when they are sick and I have watched their parents overcome all the trials and tribulations that come with being the hospital and having a child with special needs. As in inpatient nurse you rarely have an opportunity to see these special children when they are feeling well and able to be themselves. It is amazing to spend time with them outside of a hospital envrionment. To see them laughing, smiling, and interacting with other children. It is a blessing to provide these families with an opportunity to come out as a family, be a family, and spend time with other families that are just like them. Magical Memories is a way to give these children and their family a time to just let their children be children. I love watching through their eyes how they see this event. I can't wait for planning the next one!

3 Amy_200

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am truly honored to be part of Magical Moments annual holiday extravaganza this year. This event is so meaningful and special to all involved. Life is made up of memories we create let them be magical ones!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has had numerous medical issues and surgeries. She was granted a Make Wish to Disney and we could not have more grateful. The magical memories party let her relive the memories and have a wonderful time around the holidays. She loves the crafts and games that are offered. This is a fabulous non-profit that gives some much to families of children that are so special. The memories from these events are unforgettable! !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had the privalege of first be involved last year my son Ian Guthrie was born with charge syndrome he has a lot of medical issues we were so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of this magical memories it is a wonderful things that happens every year that puts a smile on so many faces I cried last year thinking of how much time people have to make something like this come together I would love to give my time to something like this thank u so much Kerri you are an angel in my family

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Magical Memories is the picture of what a nonprofit organization should be. Kerry Tilford and all the people who volunteer their time have absolutely no agenda other than to bring happiness and smiles to children and their families who endure daily struggles with chronic and life threatening illnesses. They put in their all and are rewarded by providing a day for these kids that may be the highlight of their lives. They are treated to a wonderful dinner, entertainment, and all those little things that others may take for granted in a carnival like atmosphere that grows each year with the generosity of the people and businesses in the local counties of Pennsylvania. The smiles on the faces of these children are more than can be put into words. It keeps a special place in my heart and I hope to continue for many years as a sponsor and volunteer. My hope is that they continue to grow and to cover even more counties and put smiles on more children's faces. Is this not what a child's life should be all about??

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our little boy was granted his wish through Make A Wish in May of 2013, then we met Kerry shortly after that when he was in the hospital.. She told us all about Magical Memories and the Christmas Party she has for the kids.. It is great organization, and I am so glad that our experience didn't end with the wish.. They create one day where these children can forget all their troubles as soon as they step in the door, and have fun.. And that's what they need the most! I can't thank them enough for all they do for our son and the other children!