David's House News!
Price & Princess Dance
Kirstyn Basset had a senior project to do. Remembering her stint at DHMC battling meningitis years ago, she chose to organize an event to benefit David's House. With the help of Dan Gauthier, a board member and former guest, she put on a Prince & Princess dance at her Concord school district's elementary school.
The first dance of this kind was held years ago in memory of Dan's daughter, who had passed away from a rare cancer; now, Dan was happy to help Kirstyn (shown together in the photo on the left) organize the event, knowing the joy these special times bring to young children and their families. Elementary-age kids were invited to bring along their "prince" or "princess" of choice -- a father, mother, older sibling, or another special adult -- and to celebrate a night of being royalty together.
Attendance was overwhelming and Kirstyn raised over $1,200 for David's House! Thank you Kirstyn!
Nattie's Patties for the Love of the Promise
February 21st, 2013 was a special day.
We were visited by Robin and Natalie Dwane, our friends and guests of the House since Natalie was a baby. The special young lady recently celebrated her 16th birthday and has had a life that her mother, Robin, lovingly describes as “full of medical adventures.”
We love to be visited by Robin and Natalie, but their February visit was uniquely special for two reasons: it came on the 16th anniversary of Natalie’s adoption by Robin, and they presented us with the money they raised—a whopping $632—through their “Nattie’s Patties for the Love of the Promise” fundraiser.
The pair combined 26lbs of confectioner’s sugar, 13.5lbs of cream cheese, and 15lbs of chocolate with a heaping pile of love and sold their homemade peppermint patties to 38 people just in time for Valentine’s Day. Yum!!
11-year-old holds babysitting fundraiser
Kai Renshaw is a smart 11-year-old who had a brilliant idea and saw it through. He wrote a proposal, and he made and hung posters. He recruited Red Cross certified babysitters to watch a group of 2 - 5 year olds so that their parents could have the rare opportunity to Christmas shop in peace.
Two and a half hours of babysitting at the Hanover Rec Center later, Kai raised $62 for David's House and plans to make it an annual event. Not only can we thank Kai for his efforts with this event, but years ago, he celebrated his birthday by collecting Grocery List items for David's House in place of presents. What a great kid!
Mitchell's Magical Christmas
Brian Mitchell has been putting thousands of lights on his house every October in preparation for his Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve show. His Claremont home has become a destination during the snowy months; people watch in awe as his lights dance to festive music.
After his daughter's brief hospital stint, Brian began taking collections for the Children's Hospital during the light shows. This year, however, he made the switch to David's House and raised over $2,100 - a new record! Many thanks to Brian!
Hats on for David's House
Meet our longtime friend, Brody. A guest here since he was a baby, Brody decided it was
time to give back.
The young man did a fundraiser at his school after talking with his principal about wanting to help David's House with our campaign. "Hats On Days" allowed students to wear their hats in class if they brought in a $1 donation. He raised $170!!! Way to go Brody!
Giving Trees Radiothon & Auction
A HUGE thank-you to all of you who made this year's event such a success. Check out the fun.
Grace United Methodist Youth Group
A huge thank you to the members of the Grace United Methodist Youth Group for collecting such adorable and plentiful infant and baby clothes for our new families!
Since many of our families are here with babies who have come at unexpected times, they are often without their own baby clothes; we hear that changing a baby from hospital clothes into their own, soft, warm clothes means so much. Thank you for making that joy possible!
From June through August, employees of Woodsville Guarenty Savings Bank raised money and awareness for David's House through mini-fundraisers like raffles and dress-down days.
The check they presented to Dawn (our Executive Director), however, was anything but mini! They raised over $1,000, and we'd like to extend a warm thank-you to everyone involved.
Keeping David's Promise
The largest undertaking of its kind in our history is underway! We've broken ground on four new bedrooms as part of our Keeping David's Promise campaign - read more about it here!