Sunday, September 26, 2010

NICU Hallowboo Fundraiser for Shannon's Stars

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A donation of $6.00 will allow Shannon's Stars to buy 24 Halloween themed named tags for Magee-Women's NICU.

October 17th is the deadline for donating.

For more information email
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

PSP Water Bottles for Sale!

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Are you thirsty? Would you like to support Project Sweet Peas?

Two of our local projects, MJ's Memories and Shelby's Sunshine, have special Project Sweet Peas water bottles for sale!

The PSP water bottles are $3 each or $4 with shipping for each. All proceeds will benefit their local projects.

If you would like to place an order or want more details, please contact Megan, project leader of MJ's Memories: OR Stephanie, project leader of Shelby's Sunshine:

Also, Megan is doing a special promotion for MJ's Memories: For anyone looking to make a donation to MJ's Memories, you will be given a FREE water bottle as a thank you!
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Donny's Shining Light Shares News and Makes the News!

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We are pleased to update you on the latest exciting happenings for Project Sweet Peas local project Donny's Shining Light in Illinois.

For our first bit of news, back in July we updated you on a fundraiser yard sale for Donny's Shining Light (you can read that post here), and we also mentioned that Theresa , the project leader of Donny's Shining Light, was going to host another yard sale fundraiser in September.

Well she did, and she is thrilled to report that her second fundraiser was another success! Theresa raised $600 for Donny's Shining Light thanks to both yard sales.

Theresa said, "I will be trying hard to budget this money as wisely as possible so I can get as much as possible from it!"


For our second bit of news, we are so proud and excited to share that Chicago's Daily Herald reported on Donny's Shining Light. Today they published the wonderful article they wrote called "Project Sweet Peas leaders donate to keep son's memory alive," and you can read it online here.


And last but not least, Theresa's next fundraiser event is in the works; it's called "Decorate the Tree" for Donny's Shining Light. Details to come later so stay tuned!
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ava's Angels Delivers 50 Bags!

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We are thrilled to share the latest gift bag delivery made by one of our local projects, Ava's Angels. Ava's Angels is in Minnesota and is led by Lisa, Ava's mom.

This past Wednesday, September 8, 2010, Ava's Angels delivered an amazing 50 gift bags to the Ronald McDonald House in Minneapolis!!

Lisa was thankful to donate Ava's Angel's bags to the Ronald McDonald House "since the people the bags will be going to have all been uprooted from their homes (often times from another state) in addition to having their baby in the NICU."

For more information visit Ava's Angel's webpage or email Lisa at:
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Balloon Release

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Project Sweet Peas will be honoring angel babies on Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th, with a memorial balloon release.

If you would like an angel to be included in our balloon release here is what you need to do:

Write the child's name or loving nickname (such as "Sweet Pea" or "Baby Jones") on the Facebook Event Page Wall.


Send an email with the baby's name and the subject "Oct 15th" to

All submissions must be made by October 10th.

Participating project leaders will take part of the list of names submitted and write the names on balloons which will be photographed and released on October 15th in memory of all infants lost.

Photographs of the balloons will be published on our Facebook page, and you will be able to tag the picture of your child's balloon if you'd like. If you do not have a Facebook account and would like the photograph emailed to you, please email us and let us know.

If you have any questions please email:
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Welcome Jordon's Journey!

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We have another very exciting new local project in Jordon's Journey that we would like to welcome! Lisa Arndt is Jordon's mom and the project leader of Jordon's Journey, which donates bags in Missouri.

For more information on Jordan's Journey, please email Lisa at

Here is Jordon's Story . . .

Hello, My name is Lisa and I would like to share Jordon's Journey with you.

My husband Jim and I got married in September 1994. We knew that we wanted to start having children right away and in May of 1995 we got the exciting news that I was pregnant. But, at that time I was already 3 months along and losing a lot of weight. My doctor put me on bed rest and within the next 3 months we were over joyed to find out we were having a boy, and right away we decided on the name Jordon Tyler.

In late August I went to my doctor for my monthly checkup. I had lost 60 pounds in the last few months. He was worried about Jordon's weight so he sent me to the hospital for a ultrasound at which point they saw that I had lost all my placenta. The doctor admitted me to the hospital to be monitored and steroids pumped in me to build up Jordon's lungs. A couple of days later the nurses saw Jordon's heart rate dropping, she called the doctor and right away. Within minutes I was rushed into the operating room for a emergency c-section. With my husband by my side and my parents in the hallway waiting, little Jordon Tyler was born on September 4th, 1995. I was just a few days away from being 7 months along. Jordon let out a little cry, and he was taken to the NICU with my husband by his side. Later that night I was wheeled down to the NICU to see my baby. He weighed 1 pound 10oz and was 12 1/2 inches long. He was hooked up to all of these machines to monitor him and help him breathe. I was in shock; the NICU was such a scary place to me as I had never seen anything like it before. Jim and I felt so alone and could have never image something so small and fragile.

The next few weeks Jordon continued to be a fighter, he was gaining weight slowly but surely and was off the oxygen and able to be in room air. The doctors were very hopeful that Jordon was going to gain weight and pull through and make it. His only issues were that he was born so early that he would have developmental problems, but soon would catch up with children his age.

After 2 months and 18 days in the NICU, Jordon weighed 4 pounds and 7oz and was released from the hospital with a heart monitor the day before Thanksgiving. We were ecstatic and took him shopping for his first train set to put under the Christmas tree. We spent Thanksgiving day with family and friends and finally being able to be our little family of 3.

Those first two nights we kept him in our bedroom in the bassinet at night and the day after Thanksgiving he woke to be fed. As I held him in my arms that early morning his heart monitor went off, and he was gone. My husband did CPR while I called the ambulance. After they came and rushed him to nearest hospital, an hour later the doctor came into this little room and told us, "I'm sorry there was nothing we could do." They let us in the room with him, and we sat and held him and cried. Later after the autopsy we found out that he was missing the left pulmonary artery to his heart and that his kidneys and liver were damaged.

He is now our angel and watches over us everyday. He is dearly missed, and I hope Project Sweet Peas will help to honor his memory.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

MJ's Memories Delivers in Memory of MJ's Angel Day

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Project Sweet Peas is so happy to share about another delivery made by local project MJ's Memories!

Megan, project leader, made the special delivery on Labor Day with her husband and MJ's twin brother Will to Children's Mercy Hospital in Missouri (this hospital is where MJ lived and passed away). The delivery was made in memory of MJ's "Angel Day." MJ lived from July 25, 2009 - August 29, 2009. To read more about his story and their local project click here.

Their delivery included 18 basic NICU bags (the hospital was only in need of 18 since they had bags left over from the last delivery by MJ's Memories). They also did a special delivery of 35 Angel/memory boxes, one for each day MJ lived.

Here is a picture of some of the bags and boxes that were delivered:

Megan said, "The delivery went great, and we were so happy to be able to donate those items for MJ's Angel Day. It was hard walking back in there, as it always is, but we are very thankful to be able to do this."

Here is a picture of Megan, her husband, and MJ's twin brother, Will making their special delivery:

About 6 weeks ago, Megan brought in two example memory boxes to the hospital to make sure that everything in them was going to be okay to donate. When she returned she was told that they had given out both memory boxes in the past six weeks. One of the chaplains who gave one of them out told Megan that the family was so thankful to have it, and they started using everything in it right away!

Stories like this make everything we do that much more special.
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In the News, Watch Online

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In case you missed the recent, live news coverages of two of our local projects, you can view them online!

To view the official news clip of Shannon's Star please visit the following link:

'Sweet Peas' Offer Comfort To Parents - Video - WTAE Pittsburgh

To view the unofficial news clip of Drake's Doodlebugs please visit the following link:

"My Montage 9/1/10"
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Shannon's Star Delivers & Makes the News!

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Exciting things are happening for Shannon's Star, our local Project Sweet Peas project in Pennsylvania!

Kate, the project leader of Shannon's Star, made a wonderful delivery today to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. Shannon's Star donated
30 bags, 7 memory boxes, and 7 handmade mobiles.

And that's not all!

A local news station anchor read about Project Sweet Peas winning the Pepsi Refresh grant and being on GMA. The news anchor found Kate through Facebook and shared that she also knows what it's like to have a child in an intensive care unit. She was deeply touched by Project Sweet Peas' mission and was so pleased to do a story on us.

The news story covering the latest delivery made by Shannon's Star will air tomorrow (Friday, September 3, 2010) during the news at 5pm on WTAE channel 4. Be sure to tune in if you live in the area!

*As soon as the news stories about Shannon's Star and Drake's Doodlebugs are made available for viewing online we will share the links with you.
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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Benefit Concert for Nimkee Blessings

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Project Sweet Peas would like to share a very special event with you coming up this weekend. Melissa and her PSP project Nimkee Blessings and Melissa's son's band Introducing Bennett are co-hosting the event. Nimkee Blessings serves the Sick Kids Hospital NICU in Toronto, Ontario. Here is everything you need to know:


WHAT: Benefit Concert

WHEN: Sunday, September 5th, 2p-10p

WHERE: Gordon's Park (18777 Hwy 6), Tehkummah, Manitoulin Island

WHAT: We will have lots of great entertainment for young and old alike, & fun things for the kiddies to do! ALL PROCEEDS go to helping families with babies in the SICK KIDS HOSPITAL NICU in Toronto, Ontario.

$10 for ages 15+
$5 for children 5-15
FREE for children 4 & under

2-2:30 Introducing Bennett (Brendan, Pete, Jason, Tedd)
2:30-3 Tedd Jensen
3-4 Pat Peltier
4-4:30 Leslie Neshkiwe
4:30-5:30 Dave Southwood & Darren Madahbee
5:30-6 Digger Wyman
6-7 Brand New Eyes (Brendan, Jason, Cindy, Justin, Matt)
7-7:30 Damien Thibodeau
7:30-8 CJ, Brendan, and probably Jason!
8-9 Low Guns (Luke Sellen & Dwayne Trudeau)
9-9:30 CRYPT (Michael Stevenson)
9:30-10 Introducing Bennett (Brendan, Pete, Jason, Tedd)

Magician, face painting, rock painting--make something for the garden, colouring & drawing station, playground, bubbles, (for a park fee) mini-putt, heated swimming pool WITH ADULT SUPERVISION for anyone under 16, Nimkee Blessings corn roast, BBQ with funds going to The Manitoulin Islanders---come on out and support your local team, and bake table!

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