Hello,

Thank you for your interest and support of PCD Smiles. Since starting this program with my husband's support, the outporing of support from the PCD community has been astounding. As I have spoken with recipients, parents' of recipients, and donors alike; the one question that seems to be on everyone's mind is, where did the idea for PCD Smiles come from? So here is my answer to that question.

I was inspired to start PCD Smiles because, as a child, I was a frequent recipient of the Ruth Lyons Children's Fund (originally known as the Ruth Lyons Christmas Fund); growing up in the Dayton, Ohio area. Upon checking in for my hospitalizations for PCD (Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia), I got to select one free toy from the toy cart in the admission's office at the Dayton Children's Hospital. To this day I still own most of the stuffed animals that I had chosen. The free toy was a big part of each of my hospital stays. The toy helped me create my own little world where I could escape and cope with my medical treatment.

With PCD Smiles, I hope to bring that same opportunity to other PCD patients; no matter their age!

Founder

Renee Dale

 

We're collecting Cheer Package Donations of anything that keeps a person in the hospital busy, especially if they are confined to a room. Our original idea was craft/ hobby / busy stuff to keep the mind occupied. We have also received other special donations like Bluetooth speakers, reusable cold cups, water bottles, knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, adult coloring books, cards, Chapstick, and comfort items. When sending personal care products, we will only send out unscented items to make sure the recipient can make use of it.

 

Things we won't send; religious items (since our patient base has various faiths, we've decided to keep it nondenominational), candy, sweets, food, play dough or like items (that could trap and transport infections), money (donated money is used to purchase items for the packages as well as pay for the cost of shipping and expenses related to shipping and packaging materials), and we will continue to evaluate and add items to this list as needed.

 

Basic packages might contain any combination of donated items, here is a list of items a box might contain...

•             crayons

•             markers

•             colored pencils

•             some sort of puzzle book

•             some sort of coloring book

•             a Special item,

•             anything extra said special item requires to make it work

•             water bottle/ cup

 

This program has taken off faster than anticipated, and we very excited about it.

However, right now we do not currently have banking under the organization's name so we will be collecting funds thru Paypal Account that is owned by CandR Ltd. We will be setting up a new account soon specifically for PCD Smiles and we will then inform our supporters how they can send checks if desired. Contacting us through this website or the Facebook page are the best methods currently to contact us.

The address to send donations to PCD Smiles is currently...

 

PCD Smiles

C/o Renee Dale

4896 392nd street

North Branch, MN 55056

 

 Monetary Donations are processed thru CandR Ltd. 

 

PCD Smiles 

PCD Smiles is a non-profit organization, funded primarily through donations.

Our mission is to bring Smiles to hospitalized PCD patients and or those PCD patients who have recently returned home from a hospitalization through the gift of Cheer Packages no matter their age.

To request a Cheer Package for you or your hospitalized PCDer, please visit our "Request Cheer Package" link and fill out our secure form.

If you would like to donate items to PCD Smiles's Cheer Packages, please visit our "Donations" page.

 

We have several ways that you can donate to PCD Smiles;

Visit Smile E. Turtle's Amazon Wishlist; https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/KNO9BAJR74I4?ref_=wl_share

Or; for more information on how you can donate, please visit our "Donation" page to check out our "Do & Don't” policies at; http://pcdsmiles.com/support-pcdsmiles/donations2

Or; to sponsor a PCD Smiles Cheer-box today!
https://shop.pcdstyle.com/index.php?id_category=14&controller=category

Or; to get your “Official” turtle care ribbon gear today!
https://www.smileecove.com/stores/cove

Thank you for your consideration!

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