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Two GIVE Events in Lancaster County
November 3, 2014

Two GIVE Events in Lancaster County

Caitlin's Smiles will participate — and benefit — from two giving events in Lancaster County this year.

On Friday, November 21, supporters of Caitlin's Smiles can donate online through the Extraordinary Give at extragive.org. Donations are encouraged in amounts of $25 for a Bag of Smiles, $250 for a box of assorted craft kits for a hospital pediatric unit, or $2500 to host volunteers at our volunteer center for a month to fill hospital orders. Find us on the leaderboard and donate on our page. Donations will be matched by the Lancaster County Community Foundation as long as their pot of money holds out! More than 250 local organizations will benefit.

On Saturday, November 22, you can shop 'til you drop at the Gifts That Give Back — Alternative Gift Fair at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, from 10 am to 4 pm. You can "shop" for gifts from area nonprofit organizations, including Caitlin's Smiles. You "purchase" a can of Play-Doh, a spool of gimp, or a bag of pony beads by donating to the organization. In return, you receive a beautiful recognition card to give to your special someone during the Holidays. Over 50 organizations will participate this year. Fair trade items and food from around the world will also be sold on site. For more information, go to http://giftsthatgivehope.org/lancaster/.

In 2014, Caitlin's Smiles has provided over 1,500 Bags of Smiles, 1,700 toys, and 6,000+ craft kits to Lancaster General Hospital, the Penn State Specialty Clinic in Lancaster, Ephrata Hospital — all in Lancaster County, and the Penn State Children's Hospital in Hershey.


Saturday Smiles
September 10, 2014

"Saturday Smiles" Events

October is our “Saturday Smiles” month, with special events on each Saturday. Also, our annual PlayDoh Drive begins this month! Help us raise 25,000 cans of dough to fill our Bags of Smiles for a year! Bring your donations to any “Saturday Smiles” event. A huge THANK YOU goes to our sponsor, the Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU), for making these events possible.

October 4 – Monthly Craft Day (2–4 p.m.) at Caitlin’s Smiles, 3303 North 6th Street, Harrisburg. Come join us for an afternoon of assembling craft kits for our Bags of Smiles! Bring a friend and help put smiles on the faces of children with serious or life-threatening illnesses. Pre-registration is required.*

October 4 – Boscov’s “Friends Helping Friends” Shopping Pass Presale & Card-Making (2–5 p.m.) at Boscov’s in the Camp Hill Shopping Center. Stop by Boscov’s, purchase your Shopping Pass for “Friends Helping Friends” Shopping Day (October 21), and make a card for a hospitalized child.

October 11 – Craft Day (2–4 p.m.) at Caitlin’s Smiles, 3303 North 6th Street, Harrisburg. We’ve added an extra Craft Day this month for our “Saturday Smiles” line-up! Spend the afternoon assembling craft kits for hospitalized kids. Help make smiles! Pre-registration is required.*

October 18 – “A Night of Smiles” Art Auction (6–9 p.m.) at the Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill. If you only attend one Caitlin’s Smiles event, then this is the one. Sponsored by CJ Pony Parts, Susquehanna Bank and Deloitte, “A Night of Smiles” will feature a silent auction of pieces donated by local artists. In addition, attendees can bid on some of the most special artwork done by the children whom Caitlin’s Smiles has impacted. Flora Posteraro, co-anchor of abc27's "Live at Five" and "News at Noon,” will emcee the event. Paul Layser, operations director for the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, will share how the two organizations partner to serve children. The featured artist for the evening will be Melanie Wendt from “In a Spiral” Jewelry and Metalsmithing, and Paul Zavinsky, featured musician, will be doing a variety of acoustic guitar and vocal tunes.

Tickets for “A Night of Smiles” can be purchased for $50 through our website, by contacting the Caitlin’s Smiles office, or from Gallery@Second, 608 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA. The ticket price includes appetizers, pasta bar, carving stations, dessert and beverages. There will be a cash bar.

October 25 – Halloween Fun at Boscov’s (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) at Boscov’s in Colonial Park, Camp Hill, Lancaster, Lebanon and York. We’re finishing “Saturday Smiles” with fun at area Boscov’s stores. Join us to make fall crafts, trick-or-treat for candy and make cards for children in area hospitals and clinics.

*To pre-register for events, call 717-412-4759 or email office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.

Also, we’re looking for volunteers to help staff these events. Call our office to learn more.


Boscov's Friends Helping Friends
September 4, 2014

Friends Helping Friends Shopping Passes at Boscov's

Caitlin's Smiles is participating in the Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass. For $5, you can buy a Shopping Pass that will entitle you to up to 25% off your purchases on October 21, 2014 at all area Boscov's stores. To purchase tickets, stop by our office or call 717-412-4759.


Craft Kit
July 18, 2014

Picnic at Knoebels!

Caitlin's Smiles will hold a Picnic and Silent Auction fundraiser at Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A picnic lunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm at Pavilion #1 for $6 per person. Tickets for the lunch must be pre-ordered. A Silent Auction will be held throughout the day.

To order your tickets, send checks payable to Caitlin's Smiles to: Caitlin's Smiles Knoebels Event, 3303 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or call for more info: 717-412-4759. Or you can pay online using our Donation button – then email us your ticket order at frontdesk.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net. Deadline: Orders must be received by August 1, 2013. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and the number of lunch tickets you are purchasing at $6 each (children 2 and under are free).

Knoebels Amusement Park is located at 391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg, PA 17824, just off Rt. 487, about a half-hour east of Sunbury.


Craft Kit
June 12, 2014

Summer Craft Afternoons are Here!

You're invited to join us for our Craft Afternoons this summer. These 2-hour sessions allow students who are out of school and others to volunteer for Caitlin's Smiles. We have four Wednesday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm lined up: July 9, July 23, August 6, and August 20. Space is limited so preregistration is required! Call or email our office to sign up: 717-412-4759 or office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net. Every participant is asked to bring a box of ziplocking baggies, either sandwich or snack size (any brand). We make the craft kits so the kids in the hospital can make the craft!


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May 28, 2014

Bob Evans Fundraiser on Saturday, June 7

"Dine to make a difference" at the Harrisburg Bob Evans Restaurant at 771 Eisenhower Blvd. on Saturday, June 7 anytime between 6 am and 10 pm. The restaurant will donate 15% of sales to Caitlin's Smiles when you present our flyer when you check out — either for dining in or carry out. So come join us for some amazing hotcakes, yummy biscuits, or wonderful "home" cooking!


Texas Roadhouse Fundraisers
March 5, 2014

Texas Roadhouse Fundraisers

Caitlin's Smiles is selling Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards through Friday, April 11, 2014. These gift cards come in denominations of $15, $25, and $50, and may be picked up at our office on April 16 – just in time for Easter! Then, on Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 4 pm, Caitlin’s Smiles will host a fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse at 3529 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg. Use your gift card there – or at any Texas Roadhouse Restaurant.

Ten-percent of the sale price of the gift cards and the April 27 fundraiser will be donated to Caitlin's Smiles. Gift card orders must be accompanied by payment and can be mailed to our office at 3303 N 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Checks should be made out to Caitlin’s Smiles.


Have a Heart Volunteer Day and Craft Fair
January 14, 2014

"Have a Heart" Volunteer Day and Craft Fair

Caitlin's Smiles will hold a combination volunteer day and fundraiser on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm at New Hope Church in Lower Paxton Township.

"Volunteers are the life-blood of Caitlin’s Smiles. We could not function without the dedication of our wonderful volunteers!" commented Cheryl Hornung, founder and director of Caitlin's Smiles. Hornung started the organization in 2004 in memory of her seven-year-old daughter who lost her 3-year battle with cancer in 2000. "Caitlin would have loved what we are doing."

Volunteers will make craft kits, cheery greeting cards, or decorate gift bags to "bring smiles" to children with chronic or life-threatening conditions in hospitals and clinics in the Mid-Atlantic Region. These goodies are included in the "Bags of Smiles" sent by Caitlin's Smiles to over 100 healthcare facilities. In 2013, nearly 12,000 of these Bags were distributed in Pennsylvania and eight other states.

A Craft and Vendor Fair will be held simultaneously with the Volunteer Day. A bake sale and blood drive will also run throughout the day, as well as a Silent Auction of gifts donated by the crafters and vendors, plus other goodies. (Crafters and vendors wishing to sell should contact Caitlin's Smiles for more information.) Prizes will be raffled throughout the day.

People wishing to volunteer should register by calling or emailing Caitlin's Smiles at 717-412-4759 or office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net. Craft sessions will run in 2-hour periods from 10 am to noon, noon to 2 pm, and 2 to 4 pm.

The cost of admission is one craft item. Suggested crafts include: rubber bands (for "loom" bracelets), coloring books, Play-Doh, activity books (Sudoku, crosswords, word searches, etc.), pony beads, or zip-locking baggies (sandwich/snack).


Holiday Open House
December 3, 2013

Neighboring Charities Host Holiday Event

The holidays are about helping your neighbors, and nonprofit organizations Caitlin’s Smiles and Channels Food Rescue are joining together for a Holiday Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., to celebrate a successful year and further support the community with a donation drive. The Holiday Open House will be held at their neighboring locations on North Sixth Street in Harrisburg (at 3303 and 3305 North Sixth Street).

Both organizations wish to thank their sponsors, donors and volunteers for a year of generous giving. The offices of Caitlin’s Smiles and Channels Food Rescue will be filled with holiday cheer, complete with refreshments, entertainment, door prizes, silent auctions, demonstrations and tours. All community members are welcome to attend the event.

For those wishing to donate this holiday season, both organizations have produced a list of needed items:

Caitlin’s Smiles: Play-Doh®, markers, crayons, coloring or activity books, sketch pads for teens, macramé hemp, plastic lacing/gimp, embroidery floss, pencils, ink pens, pony beads, Ziploc® baggies in snack and sandwich sizes, and gift cards from area craft and office supply stores

Channels Food Rescue: Canned fish/meat/chicken, chili, stew, beans, soup (especially with meat), vegetables, tomatoes or tomato sauces, fruit, cereal, oatmeal (single servings), pasta, crackers, juice boxes (100% juice only) and granola bars (Please note that all donations should be nonperishable meal items in small cans or boxes – not glass containers; also, please do not provide condiments or sugary items.)

Caitlin’s Smiles delivers arts and crafts kits to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses, and donations will be used to fill their Bags of Smiles craft packages. To date, Caitlin’s Smiles has given more than 60,000 Bags of Smiles and more than a million craft kits to bring smiles to the faces of children. Channels Food Rescue collects perishable and non-perishable food and distributes it to member agencies such as homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Donations will be used for its canned food drive to help community members in need.


Wendy's Fundraiser
November 13, 2013

Fundraiser at Wendy's

Caitlin's Smiles will benefit from your purchases at Wendy's Restaurant on Tuesday, November 19 from 5 to 8 pm at their 3887 Union Deposit Road, Harrisburg, PA location. Ten-percent of all sales - counter and drive-through - during this time will be donated to Caitlin's Smiles. You can also make a greeting card for a hospital in the dining room. Let Wendy's handle your dinner on Tuesday night and help Caitlin's Smiles!


Barnes & Noble Bookfair
October 30, 2013

Come to the Barnes & Noble Bookfair

A one-of-a-kind Book Fair will kick-off this Friday, November 1, at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the Camp Hill Shopping Center benefitting Caitlin’s Smiles.

The schedule of events for the Caitlin’s Smiles Book Fair Kick-Off Day is:
1–3 pm – Stop by and make a card or craft kit for a child in the hospital. Check out the great craft books.
3:30–6 pm – Make your very own Rainbow Loom Bracelet with our NJHS helpers.
6 pm – Pajama Party & Story Time – wear your favorite PJ's bring your favorite stuffed animal! Make cards and decorate gift bags for hospitalized children.

All purchases made this day with the Caitlin's Smiles special Bookfair ID number 11213253 at the store or online will be counted toward a donation to the organization.


Knoebels Picnic
June 28, 2013

Knoebels Picnic and Silent Auction

Caitlin's Smiles will hold a Knoebels Picnic and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Elysburg amusement park.

A picnic lunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm at Pavilion #1 for $5 per person. Tickets for the lunch must be pre-ordered. A Silent Auction will be held throughout the day. Knoebels Amusement Park is located at 391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg, PA 17824, just off Rt. 487, about a half-hour east of Sunbury.

To order your tickets, send checks payable to Caitlin's Smiles to: Caitlin's Smiles Knoebels Event, 3303 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, or call for more info: 717-412-4759. Or you can pay online using our Donation button – then email us your ticket order at frontdesk.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net. Deadline: Orders must be received by August 2, 2013. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and the number of lunch tickets you are purchasing at $5 each (children 2 and under are free.)


Now Accepting Artwork!
June 28, 2013

Now Accepting Artwork!

A Night of Smiles Art Benefit will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA. We are currently accepting donations of artwork from professional and amateur artists and craftpersons for our Silent Auction. Children who have received services from Caitlin’s Smiles are invited to donate one of their wonderful creations for the live auction. A Night of Smiles art auction will provide beautiful memories for all those who attend this evening of touching stories, generous hearts and sweet creations. Tickets are $50 per person.

For more information on donating artwork to A Night of Smiles, email or call (717-412-4759) for more information.


Summer Craft Tuesdays!
May 14, 2013

The Great Pasta Sauce Cook-Off!

Join us at The Great Pasta Sauce Cook-Off! fundraiser on Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 4 to 7pm at the New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Drive in Lower Paxton Township. Enjoy tasting and voting for your favorite pasta sauces at this fun, family-oriented evening. Chefs - both professional and home-grown - are encouraged to enter their wonderful creations! Vote your favorite sauce and decorated booth. Check out our Silent Auction! Entry fee - $5 per sauce. Admission - $5 for adults, $3 for kids 10 and under, and free for kids under 3. All proceeds benefit Caitlin's Smiles in it's mission of bringing smiles to children with chronic or life-threatening condition through arts and crafts activities. For more information, call 717-412-4759 or email office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


Summer Craft Tuesdays!
May 14, 2013

Summer Craft Tuesdays!

Caitlin's Smiles announces the addition of five craft kit-making sessions on Tuesday afternoons this summer: June11, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20, from 1 to 3 pm. These sessions will be held at the Caitlin's Smiles office at 3303 N. 6th Street in Harrisburg. Volunteers will make craft kits to be sent to children with chronic or life-threatening conditions. Kids and adults are welcome to volunteer; children age 13 and under must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. Pre-registration is required: call 717-412-4759 or email office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


Round of Smiles
February 12, 2013

Save the Date for "A Round of Smiles" Golf Tournament

Plans are being finalized for our First Annual Caitlin's Smiles Golf Tournament, "A Round of Smiles," to be held Monday, May 20, starting at noon at the Armitage Golf Club, 800 Orrs Bridge Road, Mechanicsburg, PA. More details to come!


Highmark Walk
February 1, 2013

Register to Walk for Caitlin's Smiles

Register Now to Walk! Caitlin's Smiles is one of 42 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. This annual fundraiser is underwritten by Highmark Blue Shield so that 100 percent of the funds raised go to the non-profit of your choice.

The 2013 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community will be held Saturday, May 18 at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Online registration is available NOW. Register as an individual, create a team or join a team. You can even create your own fundraising webpage and share it with family, friends and co-workers. Register today!

www.walkforahealthycommunity.org


Zumbathon
February 12, 2013

Zumbathon!

Join us for our Second Annual Zumbathon on Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 4 pm at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17112. You can exercise your March blues away with eight wonderful instructors and look over the wonderful gift baskets at our Silent Auction. Cost: $15 + box of Ziploc baggies if you register and pay by March 9; $20 + baggies at the door. Free water and snacks will be provided. Payment options: mail check with your name, address, phone number, email to Caitlin's Smiles OR go to the Caitlin's Smiles website and use the "Donate" button to pay - just email us to say this is your Zumba registration money (bring your baggies to the Zumbathon).


BAM! Bookfairs
February 11, 2013

BAM! Bookfairs

Caitlin's Smiles will hold bookfairs on Saturday, February 23 at Books-A-Million Bookstores in Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Hanover from 2 to 6 pm. During those hours, shoppers will be offered a Caitlin's Smiles voucher. This voucher can be presented when making a purchase, giving Caitlin's Smiles 10% of the purchase price. Caitlin's Smiles volunteers will staff a display table and distribute the vouchers. BAM Book stores are located at the Paxton Towne Center (Harrisburg), the Park City Center (Lancaster), the North Hanover Mall, and the York Galleria. To volunteer at one of these bookfairs, go to here and choose the sign up sheet for the appropriate location.


Chili Cook Off
February 11, 2013

First Annual Chili Cook-Off for Caitlin's Smiles

Come out to compete and eat on Sunday, March 10, at the First Annual Chili Cook-Off for Caitlin's Smiles from 1 to 4 pm at the Greater Harrisburg Area Realtors (GHAR) Building, 424 Enola Dr., Enola, PA. The cost is $5 to enter and 25¢ to vote. Awards will be given for the Best Chili and the Best Decorated Booth. All area chefs - pro and amateur - are encouraged to enter. Rules and registration forms can be found here.


Texas Roadhouse Promotion
February 4, 2013

Texas Roadhouse Fundraising Night

Enjoy entertainment and a delicious meal at Texas Roadhouse on Sunday, February 10, from 10 – 4 p.m., while raising money for Caitlin’s Smiles, a local nonprofit organization that helps bring joy to children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses through arts and crafts. Texas Roadhouse (at 3529 Union Deposit) will donate 10% of your total food purchases to Caitlin’s Smiles when you print the invitation below.

Invitation


Holiday Open House
November 16, 2012

Holiday Open House!

Caitlin’s Smiles and Channels Food Rescue will join together for a Holiday Open House on Monday, December 10, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their neighboring locations at 3303 and 3305 North Sixth Street in Harrisburg.

In an economy hard on charities, both organizations wish to thank their sponsors, donors and volunteers for a year of generous giving. Both Caitlin’s Smiles and Channels Food Rescue will be filled with merriment, complete with holiday refreshments, door prizes, silent auctions, demonstrations and tours. For those wishing to donate this holiday season, the following are needed items: Play-Doh, markers, crayons, coloring or activity books, sketch pads for teens, macramé hemp, plastic lacing/gimp, zip lock baggies in snack and sandwich sizes and gift cards from area craft and office supply stores.

For more information, email Director Cheryl Hornung at caitlinssmiles@comcast.net, or call 717-412-4759.


Firefighters Day
October 30, 2012

Caitlin's Smiles Firefighters Day!

Caitlin’s Smiles is pleased to announce that the Susquehanna Rescue Firefighters in Harrisburg are hosting the annual Firefighters Day on Sunday, November 4, from 2 p.m. - 4:30 pm. This party is limited to children facing chronic or life-threatening conditions and their immediate families, and is limited to the first 15 families to register.

For more information or to register, email Director Cheryl Hornung at caitlinssmiles@comcast.net, or call 717-412-4759.


Saturday Smiles
September 28, 2012

Saturday Smiles starts October 6!

At the upcoming Caitlin’s Smiles Family Day, held from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on October 6, community members will have the opportunity to decorate craft kits, which are delivered to children in hospitals nationwide. To attend Family Day, held at Caitlin’s Smiles offices at 3303 North Sixth Street, Harrisburg, Pa., all attendees must preregister by calling 717-412-4759.

Additionally, community members can attend the Saturday Smiles events at local stores throughout Central PA and decorate cards for sick children to help give them laughter, hope and smiles. This year, the following Saturday Smiles events will be held at:

  • Boscov's at the Lebanon Valley Mall, Lebanon, on Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Macy’s at the Harrisburg Mall, Harrisburg, on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Boscov’s at Park City Center, Lancaster, on Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Kids Games at Apple Festival at New Hope Church, Harrisburg, on Saturday, October 20, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Boscov’s at the Colonial Park Mall, Harrisburg, on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Boscov’s at the Camp Hill Shopping Mall, Camp Hill, on Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Community members can also attend the Saturday Smiles events in order to make monetary donations or to donate cans of Play-Doh to help fill “Bags of Smiles,” which are arts and crafts bags provided to children in hospitals. It will take roughly 15,000 containers of Play-Doh to fill the Bags of Smiles this year alone, so every container that’s donated is an important contribution.


Night of Smiles
August 21, 2012

Buy Tickets Now for
"A Night of Smiles"!

A Night of Smiles Art Benefit will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, Pa. Over 30 works of art promise to make our A Night of Smiles art auction a memorable time for all those who attend this evening of touching stories, generous hearts and beautiful creations. Tickets are $50 per person.

A silent auction will feature pieces by local artists. At 8 p.m., a live auction of artwork created by children who have received our services will be the highlight of the evening. Flora Posteraro of WHTM-TV will emcee the evening’s festivities. Live music, themed gift baskets, great food and a cash bar will also be included.

To purchase tickets, call our office at 717-412-4759 or pay online through our "Donate Now" button on this website. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


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March 6, 2012

Register NOW to walk for Caitlin's Smiles!

Register Warm up your walking shoes for Saturday, May 19 to walk for Caitlin's Smiles in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 2012 at Harrisburg Area Community College. The first 100 walkers to register for us will receive a coupon for a Wendy's Hot and Juicey Single Combo and a coupon for a free one-sided house key from Hornung's Hardware (Harrisburg, Linglestown, Dauphin, Halifax).

You can choose between the 5K walk or the 1-Mile Fun Walk. Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

Everyone who gets $25 in donations will receive a Highmark Walk t-shirt (while supplies last); $50 in donations, a Caitlin's Smiles lanyard; and $100, a Caitlin's Smiles t-shirt! So register now!


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March 6, 2012

RACCy Olympics on April 27!

link RACC will host the second annual RACCy Olympics on Friday, April 27 on the Yocum Library lawn. The event benefits Caitlin's Smiles, which is a non-profit organization that supports seriously ill children in area hospitals by delivering bags of smiles.

The RACCy Olympics is an afternoon filled with crazy and unique games where teams of students and staff compete for an overall title. The teams also battle with fundraising challenges throughout the year.

Some of this year's fundraisers include selling coupon books, a student parking space raffle and a roller skating party. Faculty and staff are also supporting the cause with Dress Down Days.

After raising more than $17,000 last year, RACC has its sights set on a new goal of $18,000.


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March 6, 2012

Training Night for Group Leaders on April 3rd

Caitlin's Smiles will hold a training night for leaders of groups who would like to make craft kits for hospitalzed children on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at our Harrisburg office at 3303 N. 6th Street.

“We have so many calls from organizations and businesses that want to help us out,” said Director Cheryl Hornung. “We wanted to find a way to train the leaders of these groups to plan, organize, and run a successful craft kit-making session at their own meeting place.”

Participants in this training night will learn about the mission of Caitlin’s Smiles, the role of partnering organizations, how to prepare for a craft kit-making session, do’s and don’ts, support materials, and delivering kits to Caitlin’s Smiles.

This training night is open to all leaders and coordinators of civic groups, school groups, service organizations, and businesses. There is no cost, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 717-412-4759 or email office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


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March 6, 2012

Calling All CS Volunteers!

Plan to attend our first Volunteer Fair on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 9 am to 1 pm, with registration open at 8:30 am, here at our office at 3303 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Lunch is on us at noon! We are very excited to have Nancy Dering Mock, of Nancy Dering, Inc., as out keynote speaker. Hone your volunteer skills, meet other volunteers, and get some CS goodies!

Register today - email Kim at office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net or phone 717-412-4759.


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January 17, 2012

Save the date for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community!

Gear up for the Walk on May 19th at HACC in Harrisburg! Registration informaion will follow soon!


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January 17, 2012

Training Night for Group Leaders on February 6

Caitlin’s Smiles will hold a training night for leaders of groups who would like to make craft kits for hospitalized children on Monday, February 6, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at our Harrisburg office at 3303 N. 6th Street.

“We have so many calls from organizations and businesses that want to help us out,” said Director Cheryl Hornung. “We wanted to find a way to train the leaders of these groups to plan, organize, and run a successful craft kit-making session at their own meeting place.”

Participants in this training night will learn about the mission of Caitlin’s Smiles, the role of partnering organizations, how to prepare for a craft kit-making session, do’s and don’ts, support materials, and delivering kits to Caitlin’s Smiles.

This training night is open to all leaders and coordinators of civic groups, school groups, service organizations, and businesses. There is no cost, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call 717-412-4759 or email office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


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January 4, 2012

Hoss's Fundraiser in Elizabethtown

Hoss's Steak and Sea House in Elizabethtown, PA, will host a fundraiser for Caitlin's Smiles all day on Wednesday, January 4, 2012. Hoss's will donate 20% of a guest's bill if they present a "Cow Cash Ticket." Tickets are available from Caitlin's Smiles in Harrisburg or by emailing office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net. Hoss's Steak and Sea House is located at 840 N. Hanover Street, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, one mile south of Route 283 on Route 743. Restaurant hours are 11 am to 9 pm. Phone: (717) 361-9402.


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December 6, 2011

Jeweler Creates Necklace Dedicated to Caitlin

Jeweler and metal artist, Nancy Nelson, has created a truly unique necklace, dedicated to our Caitlin. “Feathers of an Angel” features a wing of copper, with a knotted feathered stitch, layered with small rutilated quartz beads threaded through the metal. A small copper tag with the word Smile hangs close to your heart. The necklace chain of oxidized sterling silver hangs 28" long; the wing is 2.5" long, with the 1" wide tag.

“The Feathers of an Angel Necklace is dedicated to a brave little girl named Caitlin, who left this world too soon but touched the lives of many. My wish for this necklace is that it weaves the message of remembrance, compassion, love, strength and peace to the wearer. “ – Nancy Nelson

“Feathers of an Angel” sells for $72 and is made to order. A portion of all sales of this necklace will go to Caitlin’s Smiles, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing smiles and laughter with children facing chronic or life-threatening illnesses. To order, go to the Nancy Nelson Jewelry website.


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November 17, 2011

Caitlin’s Smiles at Boscov’s

Caitlin's Smiles will be at two Boscov's stores on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 11 am to 3 pm as a part of our Saturday Smiles event. Baked goods and hot dogs will be for sale at both the Camp Hill and Colonial Park stores. Supporters are asked to donate Play-Doh to help fill the Bags of Smiles sent to children in hospitals and clinics in the seven state region. Everyone can decorate bags and cards for kids in the hospital. For more information, contact Caitlin's Smiles at 717-412-4759.


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November 17, 2011

Caitlin’s Smiles at Coldwater Creek

Caitlin’s Smiles will be at the Coldwater Creek store at The Shoppes at Susquehanna Marketplace on December 3, 2011, from 1 to 3 pm. Bid on silent auction items and decorate cards and bags for children in the hospital.


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November 17, 2011

Holiday Open House with Channels!

Everyone is invited to our Open House on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at our Harrisburg office. Enjoy the holiday merriment complete with refreshments (provided by Channels), door prizes, silent auctions, demonstrations, and tours. Decorate a card for a child! Also, visit our next-door-neighbor, Channels Food Rescue, for their Open House – same time!


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November 17, 2011

Volunteers Needed!

We have several events in November and December for which we need helpers! Contact our office for more information: office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


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October 24, 2011

Saturday Smiles on October 29

Caitlin's Smiles will be at two Boscov's stores this Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 11 am to 3 pm as a part of our Saturday Smiles event. Supporters are asked to donate Play-Doh to the organization at both the Camp Hill and Colonial Park Boscov's stores, to help fill the Bags of Smiles sent to children in hospitals and clinics in the 7 state region. Bags and cards will also be available to decorate, as well as a raffle fundraiser. For more information, contact Caitlin's Smiles at 717-412-4759.


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October 24, 2011

End-of-Year Play-Doh Drive

Help Caitlin's Smiles meet its goal of raising 12,000 containers of Play-Doh by the end of 2011! You can bring your donations to Caitlin's Smiles office at 3303 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg, or any Hornung's Hardware store in Harrisburg, Linglestown, Dauphin, and Halifax.

Sponsored by PSECU, the Saturday Smiles fundraising events give adults and kids the opportunities to decorate cards and bags for their “Bags of Smiles,” which are arts and crafts kits that are delivered to young patients in hospitals nationwide. Community members can also donate cans of Play-Doh to help fill the Bags of Smiles, make monetary donations or participate in a raffle to win a painting by a local artist. Caitlin's Smiles will be at two Boscov's stores this Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 11 am to 3 pm to conclude the Saturday Smiles mall events. Over 5900 cans and $5,000 has been collected so far!


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September 14, 2011

Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Shopping Day - October 4!

Caitlin's Smiles is participating in the Boscov's Friends Helping Friends Shopping Pass. For $5, you can buy a Shopping Pass that will entitle you to 25% off your purchases on October 4, 2011 at all area Boscov's stores. To purchase tickets, stop by our office or call 717-412-4759.


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September 1, 2011

Tickets on Sale Now!

Get your tickets now for "A Night of Smiles" Benefit Art Auction, October 1, 6 to 9 pm, at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA! Admission is $50 a person to the Silent Auction of Professional Art and Themed Gift Baskets, the Live Auction of Children's Art at 8 pm, with live music, hors d'oeuvres, carving station, cash bar, and caricatures.

Send check to our office, or use the PayPal link on the website (and send an email or call us to let us know your PayPal is for the Auction!).


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September 1, 2011

Calling All CS Volunteers!

If you have volunteered for us or if you would like to volunteer for us, plan to attend our first annual Volunteer Fair on Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 9 am to 1 pm, with registration open at 8:30 am, here at our office at 3303 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110. Lunch is on us at noon! We are very excited to have Nancy Dering Mock, of Nancy Dering, Inc., as out keynote speaker.

You will get to know more about Caitlin's Smiles, meet other volunteers, and get some CS goodies! Email Kim today to register at office.caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


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July 13, 2011

Knoebel's Grove Fundraiser

Caitlin’s Smiles will hold a Knoebel’s Day Fundraiser on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Elysburg amusement park.

A picnic lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm at Pavilion #1 for $5 per person. Reduced rate ride tickets are available at $2.50 for the first book , and $4.00 for additional books (normally $5). Tickets for both lunch and rides must be pre-ordered. A Silent Auction will be held throughout the day. Knoebel’s Amusement Park is located at 391 Knoebels Blvd., Elysburg, PA 17824, just off Rt. 487, about a half-hour east of Sunbury.

To order your tickets, send checks payable to Caitlin’s Smiles to: Caitlin’s Smiles Knoebel’s Event, 760 Fishing Creek Valley Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112, or call for more info: 717-599-5444. Orders must be received by August 7, 2011.


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July 13, 2011

First-Ever Benefit Art Auction Scheduled

"A Night of Smiles" Art Auction will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Hershey in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, to raise funds and awareness for Caitlin's Smiles. Flora Posteraro, WHTM abc 27, will emcee. Several donations of artwork have already been received for the Silent Auction from local -- and not-so-local -- artists and include paintings, pottery, jewelry, and photographs.

In addition to the Silent Auction, a live auction of artwork created by children who have received goodies from Caitlin's Smiles will begin at 8:00 pm.

Live music, amazing food, and a cash bar will add to this very enjoyable evening.

Tickets will soon be on sale from our office for $50 per person. Sponsorships are available at several levels. For more information contact Cheryl Hornung at caitlinssmiles@comcast.net.


April 15, 2011

Thank you to Reading Area Community College students who raised over $17,000 for Caitlin's Smiles at their RACC-y Olympics! Check out the photos on their website.

May 14, 2011

Thank you to everyone who walked for us or sponsored a walker in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on Saturday, May 14 on City Island in Harrisburg. Together, we raised over $10,000!

2011 Delaware Valley Collegiate Hockey Conference

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(DVCHC) Women's All Star Game Hockey Fans: Plan to attend the DVCHC Women's All-Star game, held at Giant Center on April 10th at 12:30pm. More info to follow. Visit their website.


November 2010

On Television!

Caitlins Smiles teams up with Wolf Furniture and Mattress.

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Key Clubs Choose Caitlin’s Smiles as the Youth Serving Youth Project!

Caitlin’s Smiles was again chosen as the YSY Project for 2010/2011. Thanks to the PA Key Clubs! We couldn’t have reached this many pediatric patients without you!

Check out the article on our website about the Lewistown Key Club winning three state awards for helping Caitlin's Smiles with their fabulous celebrity cookbook! Other clubs have done great fundraising projects such as powder puff football games, best smile contest ($1 a vote), principals sleeping on school rooftops, sports family nights, and many others. Keep up the great work!

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Lewistown, PA Key Club wins three state awards helping Caitlin's Smiles
by Micaiah Wise Bilger

March 12, 2010 LEWISTOWN - The Lewistown Area High School Key Club students never thought when they were creating a celebrity cookbook that they would be the ones in the spotlight.

The student service club won three state awards for its single service project during the Pennsylvania Key Club convention on March 5 and 6 in Hershey.

"Obviously, we're really excited," said club president and LAHS senior Lauren Valdivia. "It's great the project got recognized."

In the fall, the club collected recipes and photos from celebrities and politicians around the country and published them in a cookbook to sell to the community. The funds raised from the sales were donated to Caitlin's Smile, an organization that provides arts and crafts kits to hospitals and financial support for terminally ill children and their families.

For their creativity, the club won first place for the single service project; they also won first place for the most money raised by a club and for the highest amount raise per member.

"We put a lot of work into it," Valdivia said. "But it was not hard to sell. There was a lot of interest."

Valdivia, club co-advisors Vicki Henry and Randy Fluke and other club members put a lot of their time into paperwork, Henry said. They applied for and receive a grant for the club and filled out applications to enter their service project in the state competition, she said.

The club sold all of its 250 copies of the cookbook, and they are considering a second printing, Valdivia said. Through selling the books and advertisements, the club raised $5,000 for Caitlin's Smile, she said.

To put it in perspective, Henry said the total amount state Key Clubs raised for the organization was $22,500.

"We're a small club," Henry said. "This shows that if you put your mind to it, you can do it."

Henry described Valdivia as an excellent president who oversaw and delegated duties to include all club members in the process.

The local project will be judged in the international Key Club convention in July, Henry said.

During the state convention, Valdivia met Cheryl Hornung, Caitlin's mother and founder of the organization, who invited the Lewistown club to visit their offices.

Henry, who also met Hornung, said: "She got the cookbook and just stood there. ... she was really thrilled and said, 'I want to meet with you.' It was a little emotional."

Other Key Clubs also paid the Lewistown group a compliment by asking if they could emulate the idea and create a cookbook of their own, Henry said.

Freshman Courtney Anastasi Foss, who attended the conference with Valdivia, said she attended several leadership seminars and gained ideas for club projects next year.

"I would like to see more kids come to the meetings," said Foss, who will be the club secretary next year, "and do more projects like cleaning up around Lewistown."

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Pastor receives Jefferson Award for his work with Caitlin's Smiles
by Mary Klaus

October 30, 2009 - A minister who on Thursday received the Jefferson Award for Cumberland County for extraordinary public service sees himself as more of a matchmaker than a hero.

The Rev. Randy Barr of Hampden Twp., pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Dauphin for the past decade, said that he was "very surprised and honored" to receive the award sponsored by the United Way, WGAL and PSECU. The Jefferson Awards were presented at a banquet at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

The Jefferson Award for Public Service honors people for outstanding service to their communities.

Barr, a minister for 35 years, said he simply "tells stories and opens doors. People hear my stories. Some are empowered and encouraged by them."

Barr retired from his Lutheran ministry and pursued other interests for five years.

"It became clear to me that my heart was into service," he said. "God gave me the inspiration. So I went to the Lutheran bishop and said 'I want back in.' He offered to send me to the suburbs, but I wanted either Allison Hill or the boonies. So he offered me Dauphin. They looked me over and decided I was the right fit for them."

Lucretia Y. Crum, a member of his congregation, called Barr an inspiration who has led the church into a service ministry.

"Under his direction, many initiatives and missions have become the primary focus of our church life with Christ," she said. "Like the phoenix, we have risen from the ashes of a dying church to a vibrant and growing mission congregation."

This month, the congregation honored Barr with a church service, a celebration of his ministry and a luncheon. They gave him a memorial brick in his honor at the Lutheran World Relief Headquarters in Baltimore. His wife, Anne Reeves, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Red Lion, and their children also honored him....

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Bringing Smiles to Kids' Faces
by Robyn Pasante

October 30, 2009 - Cheryl Hornung was stillwracked with grief over theloss of her 7-year-old daughter,Caitlin, when she made a fateful call toPenn State Hershey Children’s Hospitalin December of 2000.

Caitlin had died of cancer in Octoberof that year, just before her 8th birthday.Her mother, a bargain shopper whosnatches something up when she seesa good deal, already had purchased herbirthday and Christmas gifts. "I calledPenn State Children’s Hospital andasked if I could bring in all her pres-ents," says Hornung, of Middle PaxtonTownship. "And I saw what a differencethat made for the children."

Bringing smiles to sick kids gave Hor-nung a much-needed smile of her own.It also gave her a mission.

Three years later, Hornung startedCaitlin’s Smiles, a nonprofit organizationthat supplies craft kits, art supplies andgift bags to kids with chronic and life threatening illnesses. It honors the legacyof a little girl who loved to do arts andcrafts and then give them all away.

"She used to spend all her time coloring pictures and giving them to all thenurses that came in the room," Hornungsays of Caitlin, who was diagnosed witha brain tumor in 1997 at the age of 4.More surgeries and hospital stays fol-lowed, and Hornung and her husbandmade sure Caitlin always had her back-pack of craft supplies with her to keepher distracted and happy.

"When she was an outpatient, she’dpass out smiley-face cookies and what-ever crafts she had that day to the otherkids, doctors and nurses," Hornungrecalls. "We found with her that healingwas as much mental as it was physical."

When Caitlin lost her battle, it wasHornung who needed to heal. She vol-unteered for the organizations that hadhelped their family during Caitlin’s or-deal. But she kept thinking back to herdaughter’s backpack of arts and crafts.

Finally, in 2004, she decided to takethe plunge. Progressive Education ofChildren in the Arts Network offeredto help her start the nonprofit Cait-lin’s Smiles. When she stopped by herchurch, First Zion Lutheran Church inDauphin, to tell Pastor Randy Barr thenews, he immediately gave her the keysto an empty office in the church buildingto use as Caitlin’s Smiles headquarters.

He also gave her a head start onsupplies. "He told me that he had 600boxes of markers in the back room thatsomeone had just donated to the churcha few days before," she says. "He said,‘I’d like to keep one or two dozen forour Sunday school kids, but you cankeep the rest.’"

Barr, who is now on the nonprofit’sboard of directors, says the free officespace was a natural response to Hor-nung’s idea. "It’s a little church with abig heart," he says. "When people comeby and want to do good things, we say,‘How can we help?’"

Hornung’s little endeavor quicklygained steam, and she cultivated a cadreof volunteers to help her buy, pack anddeliver several different kinds of goodybags. There are age-specific Bags ofSmiles, which contain craft kits, Play-Doh, art supplies and a homemadecard. There are Arts and Crafts Kits forhospitals to keep on hand for kids whoare awaiting test results or getting bloodtransfusions. And there are Family CareKits that include a gas card, phone cardand local restaurant gift cards to make theexpense of caring for a sick child, some-times far from home, a little bit easier.

The organization relies on donationsof money and supplies, fundraisers, theoccasional grant and a lot of volunteers.In 2008, Caitlin’s Smiles delivered morethan 70,000 Bags of Smiles and Arts andCrafts Kits to kids in hospitals up anddown the East Coast.

Mason Koppenhaver of Berrysburgwas one of the earliest recipients of aCaitlin’s Smiles bag. Mason’s mother,Heidi Koppenhaver, remembers the dayin July 2004 at Harrisburg Hospital whena hospital worker brought in a bag ofgoodies for Mason, who was not quite 4.The boy was getting prepped for his thirdsurgery that year, and nothing — not hisSpongeBob SquarePants blanket or hisparents’ loving hugs — could take awayhis fears. "Then the child life specialistbrought in this bag and it was like heimmediately forgot why we were there,"Koppenhaver says. "I didn’t even knowwhat was in the bag, I was just like,‘Thank you so much.’"

Koppenhaver tracked down Hornungto thank her personally for the gift —and to become a Caitlin’s Smiles volun-teer. "I don’t think people realize, unlessthey have a child who’s sick, just howmuch it means," Koppenhaver says.That has been among the biggestsurprises for Hornung.

"I am shocked daily," she says of theoutlet her organization gives to thosewho need to spread smiles, not just re-ceive one. "I saw my clients as just beingthe kids and families in the hospital. Andnow I see how important it is for peopleto get hooked up to a good cause and beable to give back."

In February, Caitlin’s Smiles movedits headquarters to downtown Har-risburg because it had long outgrownits space at the church. Trying to makerent payments along with meeting everyrequest that comes in can be stressful,but Hornung says it’s comforting to stayso connected to Caitlin, who would be17 now.

"Most of the time I really feel herpresence up there guiding me," Hor-nung says. "I know she’d say, ‘Way togo, Mom. I love this!’"

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August 14, 2009 - When Mason Koppenhaver had a gastric tube inserted, he was confined to his hospital bed. The brightest spot in each day came from a book of puzzles in a Caitlin's Smiles gift bag.

"That was the most awesome thing because he looked forward to doing a different puzzle every day," said his mom, Heidi Koppenhaver of Berrysburg. "Something so simple, but it was new to him, and it took his mind off things."

Experts and parents such as Koppenhaver, whose 9-year-old son has had about 10 surgeries to treat a mysterious autoimmune condition, agree that activities and crafts help hospitalized children cope with treatment, develop normally, and experience routine in their disrupted lives. Cheryl Hornung of Middle Paxton Twp. founded Caitlin's Smiles in 2004, to honor her 8-year-old daughter who died from a brain tumor in 2000 and endured years of treatments with help from craft projects.

From Caitlin's Smiles' colorful and organized new space on Sixth Street, Susquehanna Twp., volunteers prepare age- and gender-appropriate activity bags and craft kits for about 70,000 hospitalized children and teens a year, Hornung said.

"Caitlin was into anything with glitter and glue and crayons," Hornung said. "In the hospital, it kept her occupied. We learned pretty quickly that healing is a mental process. Chemo and all the treatment wasn't that big a deal if she could color and hand out pictures."

Hospitalization can slow a child's developmental progress, said Debbie Waltermire of New Freedom, York County, an occupational therapy lecturer at Elizabethtown College.

"As the child's main occupation, they need to play, and Caitlin's Smiles is trying to give a normal play experience," Waltermire said. "Arts and crafts is a lot of what they do to develop those fine motor skills and visual skills."

Waltermire also speaks from personal experience because her son, now 9, was hospitalized as an infant and at age 7 for heart surgery.

"My gosh, they have something to do to pass the time," she said. "There's only so many movies and videos you can watch."

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Caitlin's Smiles on the Move

March 1, 2009 - All in one!" "All on one floor!" Volunteers who walked up and down three flights of steps in Dauphin or drove across town to get supplies from storage units will soon be working from one place on one floor! As more and more pediatric hospitals, clinics and stand-alone units are requesting Bags of Smiles® and craft kits, the parish house of Zion Lutheran Church in Dauphin is bursting at the seams and three storage units are filled with books and supplies waiting to be repackaged and shipped to children.

A year-long search for new space has culminated with a lease for functional space at 3303 North 6th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110. Two offices, a conference room and a huge assembly and display area make up the street-side rooms of the multipurpose building which gets lots of natural light and is barrier-free. A door from the assembly area opens into the warehouse for easy inventory and "picking" of supplies for hospital orders to be processed and shipped from the front.

The joy of this move is tempered by the facts that we had free space, utilities and equipment at Zion. Now we need just about everything. Be sure to to check out our volunteer and donate pages. Then call or email to help. Thanks!

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December 17, 2008

Lifting Kids' Spirits: Gifts help cope with life-threatening illness

by Daniel Victor

When she was in first grade, Claire Brobson worked to make life a little cheerier for kids who needed help. As part of a school project, she filled goodie bags with art and writing supplies for Caitlin's Smiles, a Dauphin-based charity that delivers presents to children with life-threatening illnesses in hospitals. Less than a year later, after learning she herself had leukemia, she got some smiles from the same program. Both times made her feel great, she said.

The goodie bag gave her a lift when she needed one, offering something entertaining to draw her focus from her illness. Claire, 8, has been writing fiction since kindergarten, creating characters such as Buddy, the dog who opened a store. It's easy to get bored during long, tough days at the hospital, so she was thrilled to get the supplies she needed for her stories. "It's kind of a lifesaver, especially for those long clinic days," said her mother, Lauren Brobson. Caitlin Hornung felt the same way about the care packages her mother would bring her in the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center when she battled a malignant brain tumor. After Caitlin died in 2000, just before her 8th birthday, her mother, Cheryl, began bringing gifts she had intended for to her daughter to other children at the medical center. Cheryl Hornung soon started buying more supplies and giving them to more children. Four years ago, she was handing out 10 bags of goodies per month Caitlin's Smiles, a nonprofit organization, was created.

Now, backed by a network of volunteers, she's giving out 400 to 500 per month to dozens of hospitals in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. But while the demand is there, the effort is running out of room to grow. All the supplies are stacked in small rooms in the second and third floors of the Zion Lutheran Church in Dauphin. It's a claustrophobe's nightmare, as boxes are stacked upon boxes. There's almost no room to walk, and a makeshift labeling system does its best to keep order. Hornung said the organization needs warehouse space to keep the supplies, making it easier to distribute the gifts and enabling them to buy supplies in bulk. The hope is that someone will offer a warehouse or enough money to rent one, because the donations, small-scale fundraisers and occasional grants won't cover the additional expense. "This is really a grassroots operation," Hornung said. "What goes in determines what goes out." The cluttered office has stacks of crayons, markers, journals, books, beads, toys, glitter and all sorts of other supplies that hospitals can't always provide. Hornung hopes she can give out more. "I just kept thinking how happy Caitlin was if she just had pointed crayons and a coloring book," she said.