Day three of the BearHugs Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar is about drawing attention to lovely small charities doing great work. So here's a little more information about three of my favourites all of which are run by incredible young women living with chronic illness. I feel super proud to call them my friends.
Project Parent's main aim is to provide gift boxes to the parents of children who are in hospital over Christmas. Project Parent currently works with hospitals in Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, and London. They also provide a small amount of gift boxes to parents who are looking after chronically ill children throughout the year, even if they aren't hospitalised.
You can sponsor a Project Parent box for just £10 via their 'Donate' page.
Smile for ME
Smile For ME is a charity for ME sufferers of all ages and their families and carers. Smile for ME's main aim is to spread a smile and to help raise awareness and understanding of the condition, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Smile for ME aims to help alleviate social isolation and loneliness caused by ME and similar illnesses by sending treats to those affected so they know that they are not alone and to show somebody cares.
Pop across to Smile for ME's website to learn more about ME and see some lovely photos of people receiving their smiles. There's also information about how you can donate and help brighten someone's day.
Spoonie Survival Kits
Spoonie Survival Kits is a non profit fundraising organisation helping raise funds and awareness of chronic and invisible illnesses. Spoonie Survival Kits make, "little bags of happiness for chronic illness suffers". The bags (kits) come in a variety of colours and sizes: the larger ones containing items to make, crafts to do in bed, things to wear and snacks to eat, whilst the smaller ones contain symbolic items to represent the fight of a chronic illness sufferer. -
Spoonie Survival Kits take into consideration all allergies and intolerances. They just ask that you let them know when ordering and they will take appropriate action to keep the kits special and safe.
The aim of the kits is to provide a pick me up, by reminding sufferers that they are not alone in their fight and that somebody cares.
The kits are funded entirely by Spoonie Survival kits own money and kind donations from other people and businesses. The completed kits are then sold online, but the project is entirely non-profit: 25% of the money raised goes into developing the project and sustaining the production of the kits, and 75% goes to a chronic illness charity.
Spoonie Survival Kits now provides fantastic volunteering opportunities to people living with chronic illness.
Having received a little bag of happiness myself I can one hundred percent vouch for their effectiveness.
Pop across to their 'Get Involved' page, to see how you can help spread a little happiness.