Today the volunteer services department of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital received 200 hats from HATS FOR ZOE (scarves, blankets and gloves too)!  They arrived just in time for the hospital's holiday fair, which takes place on the 23rd and 24th.  These two days are set up for the kids to go "shopping" since some of them can't leave the hospital during treatment.  I am beyond thrilled that they will have so many wonderful choices in fashionable and fun head ware.  Matt and I are flying to Nashville on Wednesday and are setting up a day to go see the kids.  There are restrictions on where we can go and what we can photograph, but we promise a full report is coming.  

Zo-Zo is doing well.  Her energy has been up and she is very interested in making Christmas cookies.  Mom helped her bake some for the nurses who work on the floor where Zoe receives chemo.  She is starting to get sick and lose weight, but keeps smiling.  Along with donations sent in for the kids, specific items were sent to Zoe.  She received her box on Saturday and insisted on Skyping with Aunt Lesley and Uncle Matt to say thanks and model for us.  Below are some pictures of her love infused treasures.

When Matt and I went to mail the boxes we had a wonderful Christmas treat!  Tony Burgos is the man behind the Tiger Lily U.S.P.S Contract Station, your neighborhood mail and parcel center.  He started a fund for soldiers who are overseas to have boxes shipped to them free of charge.  All the soldiers in our Brooklyn neighborhood are home.  Tony saw my USAA check card (the military banking service) and made the connection.  After asking about Hats for Zoe and seeing the destination on the boxes, he told us he was paying for one of our boxes to be shipped himself.  He said, "I want a piece of this."  He can definitely have it.  Thank you Tony!  For those of you living in the area, here is a little information about Tony's business.  Use him.  He is a good man.

Tiger Lily
U.S.P.S
442-D Lorimer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 599-5700

Donations and prayers are still coming in.  In the new year we are going to be expanding to more hospitals and are going to create faster ways for you to give.  I cannot tell you what a blessing you have been to Zoe, me and my family.  The power of the human heart is astounding.  

Happy Holidays and God Bless you all.

More to come...
 


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Joanne Harvey
12/19/2011 17:22

i am Zoe's Nana and I can not stress how proud I am of her and my daughter Jacklyn for staying strong and smiling through what is the toughest times this family of mine has ever been through. The friends, family and strangers who have helped with prayers, hope, compassion and gifts has restored my faith in the human kind!
Leslie, you are one very special woman and I am proud to call you family!
Lots of love!!!
God Bless you ALL!!!

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12/19/2011 19:52

I am so grateful that Jacki and Zoe have friends and extended family as all of these folks who have stopped at nothing to be sure that my amazing niece is cared for and show a million times over the countless amount of love that you all have for her. Your selflessness and generosity is sooo appreciated. It is because of all of you, who have given a piece of hour heart, that she continues to smile and keep a smile through even the hardest times that any five year old could even imagine.

I may not know all of you but I extend my love to you for your kindness and showing humanity even during a time when budgets are tight. All of you are my inspiration.

Thank you!!!

Joani

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Nanny Betty
12/20/2011 08:56

Lesley you are an inspiration to all of us. The Charity Hats for Zoe is truly a wonderful gift not only for our little Zoe, but the other children at Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital. There aren't enough words to express my deepest thanks for all you've done. The smile on Zoe's face as she models the hats, scarfs and gloves says it all! Merry Christmas!!!!

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