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Mission: Our mission is to provide support for children with cancer and their families of Eastern NC.

Target demographics: provide support to children with cancer and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: serve over 232 families, provided over $36,149 in financial assistance to our families, $4,800 in gas cards, sponsored 10 children to Camp Rainbow ($14,775), served over 2100 meals to the children in the hospital through our restaurant supporters, had over 1,550 hours volunteers have spend in the hospital visiting our families.

Geographic areas served: Eastern NC

Programs: Hospital volunteer program, Offering pillows, blankets, and quilts to those in the hospital, gas cards, meal cards, financial assistance, emotional support, meals in the hospital, family events, prayers, and so much more.

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bonnie105

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing and good team of people helping families in need.

1 cheflindajo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been so inspired by the work of Riley's Army in my community. Their work for families with children dealing with cancer treatment is amazing. I am sure it is making a very real difference in the lives of those families. I am also sure that volunteers from all facets of our community know that they are able to get involved and make a difference as well. I am constantly seeing how people are getting involved and volunteering and I've known many college student who have been touched by volunteering as well. Awesome organization.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune to watch Riley's Army grow and develop over the years. It is an inspiring organization that started from one family facing cancer to an organization that serves hundreds of families living with cancer. It has been inspiring to witness how so much good has come from something "bad." The impact Riley's Army continues to have on our community continues to grow and their work truly makes a very real difference in the lives of those they serve. It has so given sonny people a meaningful way to volunteer and give back. RA also collaborates effectively with other organizations in our area and is a model of cooperation and the great things that can be achieved when we work together.

2 Randy49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every event that I have taken part in has been amazing. Well planned, volunteers are amazing, and the faces of the kids show that Riley's Army is gratefully appreciated.

1 Heather198

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Riley's Army does great work in our community. So many families count on them for meals and financial support during a difficult time. I have participated in many RA fundraisers and have always been impressed by their creativity and oganization.

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Some people hate cancer and some people do something about it. That's what's happening with Riley's Army. Families all over our area are being helped by this organization. The leadership is outstanding and they are truly making a difference.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't know how I would have made it through my son's illness without the help of Riley's Army. They are truly a Godsend. They made sure I was never without dinner, gas, or a shoulder to cry on. They delivered dinner when I couldn't leave my son's side, and when I could leave for a few minutes, they came to sit by his side while I went to the cafeteria to get something to eat. They gave our family gas cards to get to and from the hospital, which was tough considering I gave up my career and we lived an hour from the hospital. A special lady came by every, single day to give me someone to talk/vent/cry to and to play with my son; she even played his favorite game, Candy Land, with him numerous times to make him smile. All of this was during his hospital stay! Now that we are home, we still continue to get support from Riley's Army. They host numerous events to make the children feel as healthy and "normal" (for lack of a better term) as possible. My favorite event is the "Free to be Me" event where several pilots from the area take the kids on airplane/helicopter rides. As I stated before, Riley's Army is truly a Godsend!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a nurse at Vidant and work in The Childrens Hospital. Riley's army is a huge supporter of our children here. They are there for our patients at diagnosis and through out their journey. They have care packages for the patients at diagnosis. They bring meals to the hospital regularly for the patient/families admitted. If there are special needs for these families they help get the needs met by involving the community. One example I can think of was, a newly diagnosed family didn't have bed to sleep in. They found beds, mattresses and bedding for this family. One less thing the family had to worry about. Riley's Army is a huge asset to our community and The James and Connie Maynard Childrens Hospital!!!!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

NC Eastern area is BLESSED to have the men and women who serve in Rileys Army organization. Riley was a precious angel both on and off the earth, but this little girl, in heaven, touched the heart of my husband who had entered a Home Hospice program. John became emotional as he witnessed the ministry, without any salaried individuals. He had me running around town to collect camp items! He felt so strongly about their work to children and families at VMC, he wanted donations at his death to go to them. His comment brought tears to my eyes, "These kids didn't ask for cancer"! That seems to sum it up! Families need support and certainly, the children are the bravest of the brave to take on a battle they didn't ask for! In addition, they gave prompt follow up for all donations and at his one year anniversary, I received a note of care. This organization deserves the highest rating possible! The BEST supporting the weakest!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Riley's Army is a wonderful organization who deeply cares for kids with cancer. May of 2014 our little girl Amber Mason was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and a few times to give us a break they would stay the night with Amber to give us a rest. Unfortunately March 23, 2015 Amber gained her wings after turning 5 years old but Riley's Army support helped us through it all. Because of them I try to get involved in any Riley's Army event.

2 Emleigh H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Riley's Army is by far my most favorite organization I have ever worked with. They support many families affected by pediatric cancer in Eastern North Carolina, and go above and beyond for every family, volunteer, doctor, and person they work with. I have not found many other organizations that are able to treat these children just like they are family. As a hospital volunteer, I get the honor of delivering meals that Riley's Army has worked hard with local restaurants to donate, and when I do that I get to spend even just a few hours a week learning more and more about these children. Riley's Army not only embodies what a family should be, but also their motto "you can't do it alone... you need an army."

Elisabeth7

Donor

Rating: 5

I like knowing when I donate to this charity the money goes to the kids not a CEO

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Riley's Army has built a community that gives so much support to its families. They go above and beyond to help families who are facing pediatric cancer and need an extra hand, ear, or anything they can give. The love that everyone who works with this organization has to give is unbelievable.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. They have some people and businesses involved that do things out of pure love and no other reason. I'm grateful to work for one of the businesses that has brought it to my life. I get to know about fundraisers, the kids, the families, the annual 5K, and so much more. This is an amazing group of people that every organization should strive to mimic.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on the Board the first two years Riley's Army began and I continue to stay connected by praying for the families, photographing various RA events and volunteering in other ways to help their worthy cause. When it first started, we were planing just a couple events each year . . . and now the number of events/activities that RA sponsors for these families is so incredibly beautiful to see. Sadly, the numbers of participating families continues to grow, but what an amazing comfort Riley's Army is to these families . . . spiritual/educational/physical support, meals, gas, running errands, sitting with the children in the hospital, providing opportunities for these families to see they are not alone . . . I am honored to volunteer for this outstanding organization!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Grandmother to a Princess with leukemia. Riley's Army is awesome. They aren't just a group of strangers, they are family. From talking to you, providing meals while hospitalized, offering to sit with your child, interacting with the children, and just having the absolute most love. We love and appreciate everything you guys do.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Riley's Army for about a year now and have loved doing so. The love and support they give to the children and families is amazing. The feeling of knowing someone has your back and is there for you is a phenomenal feeling. When you get that from a whole organization, and being able to be a part of that organization, is the best feeling in the world.

1 Deborah110

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a client whom was served by Riley's Army. I found the organization to be professional, yet with a personal touch, friendly , and always willing to serve families in any capacity. No service was too big or too small. I was touched personally by this organization. They were just there for you. They did things for you without making you feel small. They cared and we knew it. They are so willing to help. We are so lucky to have this organization in this area. I could go on for days talking about the impact that Riley's Army have on the families of kids that have cancer. This is an awesome group of volunteers.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an exceptional organization geared towards supporting children and their families as they battle pediatric cancers. I am ever in awe of the great work they do and have seen first hand how they touch, support, and inspire through kindness and compassion. Riley's Army is such a blessing to so many when life seems at its hardest and we are fortunate to have such a wonderful resource.

Carla31

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Riley's Army is a top notch nonprofit organization.
They have exceptional volunteers who are so ready
And willing to lend a helping hand for families
Who have a child who has been diagnosed
With cancer. They offer gas cards, gift cards to restaurants
And they are more than willingly to come to the hospital and
Sit with their child just so family members can
Get out of the hospital for a while. Riley's Army is
An awesome organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a awesome group of people. A true blessing to meet and have them in your life as cancer can turn it upside down. Just when I was alone with my daughter and scared to death in walked Riley army. There are not enough words to explain how they help children and families. Always have events for the children and let them know they have an army to help and pray for them.

Susan365

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Riley's Army support local families with children having the dreaded disease, cancer. They are dedicated to ensuring the children have a positive atmosphere to become superheroes. Families become one unit and support each other. The volunteers are always a shoulder for the parents and the children. If the care, the love, and the dedication from RA was a cure, cancer would not exist. Awesome organization.