A little goes a long way
We got a chance to catch up with our NRG Gives winner; Little Smiles -a local non-profit that provides gifts and fun activities to children impacted by hospitalization, homelessness, or tragedy.
Here’s what they had to say:
“The award has supported us financially but has also helped in so many other ways that continue to help our organization grow. Winning NRG Gives has given our charity a vast amount of exposure. We have seen an influx in our social media followers, and we were even able to help several of our partners during Christmas. Our donation to Frankie’s World, (a non-profit medical daycare for children) was able to purchase gifts for over 100 children. We were also able to give over 40 individualized Christmas gifts to Wesley House Shelter. This grant has also helped us fulfill our individual requests and needs at the hospitals. Recent requests include: A Princess Tea Party, Apple Earbuds, gowns for our female STARS to wear to the STARS ball, birthday parties for oncology children, a Thanksgiving dinner, several Christmas parties, pizza parties and many family dinners.”
Meet Kilo, NRG’s first ever seeing eye dog in training. After taking 3rd place in our NRG Gives contest, The Seeing Eye named one of their hard working pups in our honor. Kilo (right) and her sister Kismet (left) are already out patrolling the town so that they can one day power the lives of those in need. With NRG Gives, anything is pawsible.
Little Smiles is a volunteer driven, non-profit 501(c)3 children’s charity. Our mission is to help heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. With the guidance of local professionals such as doctors, nurses, child life specialists and social workers, we strive to help kids escape their unfortunate circumstances, even if only for a short period of time.
Red Paw will receive a $100,000 donation to support their mission to ensure that no family is forced to relinquish or lose their pets due to a residential disaster. Red Paw responders, a team of firefighters and veterans, are out at fires and house collapses, searching for and saving missing and injured pets.
DREAM Philadelphia is a village mentoring organization that connects college student mentors with kids in low-income housing neighborhoods. DREAM helps close the opportunity gap for over 500 of the most vulnerable children in our communities by providing deeply committed college student mentors, local and regional adventures, summer enrichment and overnight camp, support for post-secondary success, and an unwavering commitment to dreaming big.
The grant supported child enrollment, and gave life to a new DREAM offering, the “Creation Station,” a multi-purpose program center serving as a creative hub of self-expression and “do it yourself,” hands-on programming, providing children a safe, creative play space for artistic expression.
For more information on DREAM, please visit: DREAM Philadelphia
Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children provides pediatric primary and specialty care for more than 100 pediatric specialties.The NRG Gives donation was used to support a new Child Life Activity Center’s mission to address the psycho-social needs of patients at duPont Hospital for Children. The activity center will be a place where patients, their families and their visitors will be transported into another world -- a world where they feel comfortable, engaged, playful and safe.
MANNA prepares and delivers delicious, nourishing meals and counsel, empowering individuals to battle illness and improve their quality of life. MANNA dietitians promote wellness through nutrition education and counseling.
The $100,000 received from NRG Gives, supported the year-round meal program. MANNA raises funds for all of its clients’ meals and the award helped provide clients their three meals a day, seven days a week.