For years now our self advocates have held a community project at the Walk. What began years ago as a food drive to stock local food shelves has now become a Food Drive, a Sock Drive and this year we have added Fiona’s Hope Totes to our donation ask.
Last year, the self advocates made the decision to donate the food collected at the Step Up Walk to the local Ronald McDonald House. A lot of our families often find themselves staying at the house while their children are hospitalized at local hospitals. Since the food drive was begun 7 years ago, the self advocates have collected well over 750 lbs of food.
The sock drive began a few years ago and donated socks are given to Sebathani Community Center in Minneapolis.
Fiona’s Hope Totes is a new initiative this year. The Hope Tote program was launched early this year by DSAM member Stephanie Palewicz whose daughter Fiona spent much of her 24 months hospitalized. They are tote bag care packages for families that are experiencing an unexpectedly extended hospital stay with their sick child. Since Fiona’s death in early June, Steph has continued to provide Hope Totes to families in need of this small “bit of home” comfort. The totes are filled with 5 to 10 oz shampoo and conditioner, body wash, lotion, nail clippers, nail files, facial cleansing cloths, toothpaste, small hairspray, Kleenex, razors and shaving cream, deck of cards. The complete list can be found on Fiona’s Hope Totes website: www.fionashope.com. No donation is too small; all will be greatly appreciated.
We hope to see you there! Register today by visiting:dsamn.donorpages.com/StepUpWalk2014/