12 Feb

New Project!

I hope everyone is enjoying this winter weather, or at least a day off of school! Today I took some time to organize and finish up pillow cases which will be donated to Ryan’s Cases for Smiles. This incredible organization has already donated over 1,700,000 pillow cases to children who are in extended hospital stays battling childhood cancer. I will be dropping off 50 pillow cases on Friday!

This is my first time donating my pillow cases to this organization, but when I read about their mission I just knew I wanted to help. I have seen how excited children get when they have a bright, cheery pillowcase to call their own and I am excited to know that these pillow cases will be going to some of the same hospitals I have donated to before including CHOP, St. Christopher’s, and Ronald McDonald House.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support me with my projects – I could not do it without your donations of fabric, supplies, and of course, the help of my American Sewing Guild friends who never let me down when I announce a new project! I’m still finishing up some wheelchair bags to take to the nursing home – I’ll be sure to post as soon as they are done and ready to be delivered!

20 Dec

Happy Holidays! Winter delivery update

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

The last couple of months have been very busy. My brother and I completed our Fall Shoe Project, and with your help, we donated over 100 pairs of shoes to those in need in rural areas of Guatemala.

Recently, I learned about a great organization called The Baby Bureau. They provide baby items to those in need in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. I am proud to be donating over 2 dozen handmade burp cloths to this organization. I’ll also be looking for more ways to help in the future!

Thanks to the help of my ASG friends and my Grandma, I am also happy to be able to donate 50 beautiful handmade pillowcases to the children staying at Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia. I hope that getting a colorful pillowcase they can call their own will bring just a little bit of cheer to them during their stay.

Thanks as always for your support of Buddee Bags. Be on the lookout for my next project – I will be making more wheelchair, walker and hospital bags for the residents of Grundy Hall in Doylestown with a delivery date of late Winter.

14 Jul

2018 SUMMER OF SERVICE

I hope everyone is finding some time to relax this summer! I am happy to announce that for my Summer of Service project this year, I will be helping my brother with his project – collecting shoes for the people of Guatemala.

This is a highly requested item for children and adults.  Many people do not have shoes and have to walk many miles a day in bare feet.  We are working to change that!

From July 15 through August 15, we will be collecting new shoes that will be delivered to Mayan Families in September.

Please consider donating shoes, or if you prefer, you can send money and we will purchase shoes for you.  Shoes should be new (or really like new!) and can be for children or adults (up to size 10 please).  Please don’t send high heels or flip-flops.

05 May

Food collection totals and MINI-THON!

This morning I was able to deliver the food collected from Global Youth Service Day to the Pennridge Fish Food Pantry! In all,  I was able to donate 183 pounds of food to those in need right in my community! Thank you all for your continued support.

Shortly, I will be headed to my High School to spend 10 hours supporting Four Diamonds through Mini-thon! This is an incredible opportunity to support childhood cancer research.  Thank you to those who donated – I am the number two fundraiser in my entire High School! There is still time to help with a tax-deductible donation.  Can you help me be number 1?  FOR THE KIDS!

11 Apr

2018 Global Youth Service Day

We are just about a week away from Global Youth Service Day 2018! This year, I will be collecting items from the Pennridge Fish Food Bank wishlist.  This is a great organization that provides much-needed help to families in the area.  Please consider helping by donating items to support the cause! I will be collecting items through April 22nd, delivering them to Pennridge Fish on April 23rd.  I am including a list of the items currently requested.

Thanks as always for your continued support of my projects!

Love, Maddie

IDEAS FOR WHAT TO DONATE TO THE PANTRY

  • 100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice
  • Spaghetti and other pasta
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Rice and Rice mix
  • Pasta sides
  • Canned fish and tuna
  • Canned meat, beans
  • Canned chili and stew
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Dried fruit
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake syrup
  • Cold and hot cereals
  • Dry potatoes
  • Gravy, broth
  • Soups, all kinds
  • Cake mix and frosting
  • Flour and Sugar
  • Condiments, spices, cooking oil
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • COFFEE, tea and hot chocolate
  • Diapers, sizes 4,5,6
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Bath Soaps and shampoos
  • Laundry detergent and cleaning products
  • Paper towels, toilet paper, tissues
  • Gluten Free and Diabetic foods
  • Feminine products, toiletries, shaving items, deoderant, toothpaste

11 Feb

My Winter Project Is Complete!

Thank you to everyone who helped to support my Winter Project, supporting children in Foster Care through The Fiaria Project!  This was a huge team effort and we are going to make such a difference in so many children’s lives in Bucks County!

In total, I was able to collect well over $2,000 worth of clothing and baby items for kids in need.  My friends in the American Sewing Guild helped to sew 65 pillowcases, 35 tissue holders and 15 burp cloths which will provide a special handmade addition to this delivery!

I’ve included pictures of many of the items below along with our grand totals.

Thank you again to everyone who helped!  I’ll be posting pictures of the delivery soon!

Love,
Madeline

Baby Supplies Hygene Clothing Handsewn
4 packs of diapers 28 toothbrushes 4 outfit sets 65 pillow cases
9 wipes packs 14 shampoos/body wash 3 pairs of little kids pants 15 burp clothes
8 receiving blankets 15 hand sanitizer 8 pajamas 30 tissue holders
12 baby shampoos 19 deodorant 125 socks
8 sleepers 9 chapstick 26 pairs of gloves  Toys
4 baby shirts 75 travel size 8 regular sweatshirts  6 dolls
16 bottles 8 hair brushes 1 jacket
2 baby lotion 12 soap bars 64 regular shirts
14 pacifiers 17 toothpastes 6  regular shorts
12 grooming kits 17 underwear

Photos of what we collected:

01 Jan

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday and that 2018 is off to a great start!

Just before Christmas, I had a chance to visit with the residents of Rockhill Mennonite and delivered over 50 Buddee Bags, neck pillows, and tissue holders.  They were all very thankful and enjoyed picking out their favorite patterns and colors.  It was a very nice way to start the holiday break.

I am also still collecting items and donations (see below for needed items) for my Winter Project to support children in foster care through the Fiaria Project.

For my sewing friends – I am also making pillowcases, bibs, and burp cloths to donate as well!

I will be delivering items at the end of the month so please consider donating so that we can make a tough time a little easier for some great kids.

Thanks — Happy New Year!

 

06 Dec

Announcing My Winter Project… With Help from Our Friends at Disney!

I am excited to announce that I was once again awarded a grant from Disney to continue my work with Buddee Bags! I am so thankful for the incredible support from Disney and for the recognition of my service to the community.

I have spent the last few days thinking about a new project that will help children in my community.  I have decided to help support The Fiaria Project  as my winter service project!  The Fiaria Project is an amazing organization that focuses on “making placement transitions easier for foster families in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area by providing foster children with essential clothing, toiletries, and other basic items.”

When children are placed into foster care (one child every two minutes in the USA!) they often don’t have time to gather any items to take with them.  Buddee Bags is going to help by making these transition kits for children in Bucks County.

YOU CAN HELP!

I will be sewing handmade pillowcases, burp cloths, and drawstring bags to donate to the project.  I am hoping that a special pillowcase to call their own may be a small way to help these children feel loved and cared for.  There are many other items needed to make the transition kits.  Any donations will help. I’ll be updating this page as I receive donations in order to let everyone know the most needed items.  As always, if you prefer to send a donation, I will buy the supplies needed to complete the kits.

20 Nov

2017 Young Citizens Award

On Friday, November 17th, I had the incredible honor of being presented a 2017 Young Citizen Award by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.  According to the Chamber, this award “recognizes youth for their exceptional commitment to principles of good citizenship and community involvement.”

I was presented the award by the Bucks County District Attorney and representatives from the Chamber.  I also received a Certificate of Commendation from my state senator and a House of Representatives Citation from my state representative.  I’ve included a few pictures from the ceremony!

Thanks for your continued support of Buddee Bags!  Stay tuned for my next project coming soon!

14 Nov

Successful Diaper Delivery!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in my fall service project!

Yesterday, I met with Pat from The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank and delivered over 1875 diapers and too many wipes to count!  They will all be going to local families in need.

Also, I donated over 100 handmade bibs and burp cloths thanks to my friends in the American Sewing Guild and their support at my community sewing day a few weeks ago.  These items will all be delivered to families through a great organization called  Lily’s Hope Foundation.  Lily’s Hope supports premature babies and their families and I am so happy to be able to help!

Thank you again for all of your support! I can’t do it without you!  Be on the lookout for my next project… coming soon!