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August 2nd, 2011, 09:17 AM
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This can easily go into a lesson about community service and how one person, even a child, can make a difference. After yet another hospital stay and surgery, 5 year old Aubrey decided to create a program where she collects cards for others in the hospital. They specifically enjoy handmade cards, which is where crafting comes in.

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Jellyfish Wishes: Our first Jellyfish, Ryan

A second example of how a CHILD can make a difference is little Emily. After Emily's baby brother had a stroke, she reflected on her feelings and fear she had during that time. She decided that something needed to be done, not only to cheer up the ill child, but also the child's siblings. With this thought she created Emily's Smile Boxes. A member of this board has benefited from Emily's generosity when her children received boxes during Joey's chemo.

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And a third is an amazing little girl named Syd. Syd created her "business" when she was only 8. Sydney has the same disease Joey has. In her desire for a cure (so that other kids wouldn't have to go through what she has) she started making and selling necklaces donating all money to research. In just five years time, this child has raised $127,000 for research!!!

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August 2nd, 2011, 10:11 AM
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Thanks for sharing! I love Jellyfish Wishes, I think it's something my preschooler can help with and understand. Sounds like we have a craft tomorrow.
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August 2nd, 2011, 10:31 AM
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Very cool! Thank you!

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August 2nd, 2011, 10:33 AM
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Very cool! Thank you!

(By the way... I don't remember ever seeing a picture of you two together... love the siggy. Your dh is cute. )
Thanks, and really? I think he's been in all of my siggies. And I know there are tons on FaceBook.
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August 2nd, 2011, 10:42 AM
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I guess I just never paid attention before??
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August 2nd, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Those are great! Thanks for sharing that. At Thea's age she already likes to put her change in the Riley's collection wells at Wal-Mart (she brings $ from her piggy bank just for this) and understands that it goes to help sick kids.
Jellyfish Wishes sure would be a great way to introduce the concept of not just helping others, but helping them feel better/happy. Adding this to my list of projects!
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