2015 Count On Me Holiday Shops
2015 Holiday Shop at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
2015 Holiday Shop at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital & Health Center, Tacoma/Seattle
2015 Holiday Shop at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta - Scottish Rite
2015 Holiday Shop at children's hospital new orleans
2015 Holiday Shop at Children's Hospital PHoenix
2015 Holiday Shop at Mattel children's Hospital UCLA
2014 Count On Me Holiday Shops
That's a Wrap! 2014 Holiday Shops a Success!
In its tenth year, the Count On Me Holiday Shops hit an all time high of reaching young patients in hospitals across the country! Over 1,000 children hospitals across four states participated in this unique program. Over 60 volunteers helped make the experience for these kiddos extra special. In 2015 the program will expand to serve seven hospitals in six states.
What are the Count On Me Holiday Shops?
The Count On Me Holiday Shops empower children in long-term care who are unable leave the hospital during holiday seasons to "go shopping" for gifts for their loved ones. Instead, the Holiday Shops bring the shopping to them. Young patients are able to select gifts for their parents or guardians from a great selection of items displayed in a festive, colorful "pop-up style" gift shop.
These youngsters are then assisted by Count On Me volunteers at the Holiday Shop gift-wrapping station where they are able to choose the wrapping paper, bows and notecards for their hand-selected gifts.
Volunteers also visit patients unable to leave their room with carts loaded down with gifts so they can participate as well.
While the children "shop", parents and family members are treated to a brief respite at their own special "reception" area where volunteers provide snacks, beverages and holiday cheer.
Infant patients are given soft baby blankets and toddlers are treated to a special goodie bag, ensuring every child in long-term care to a warm and cheery "shopping" day.
"When you see the looks in the eyes of these kiddos and the giant smiles on their faces, you can't help but want to make sure every child who's in the hospital during the holidays has their own chance to "turn the tables" and give back to their loved ones – those parents or guardians that they know have given up their normal day to day lives to care for them during these long hospital stays", says Shannon Mora, Vice President and co-founder of the Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation, "This is a program Jim and I - and our fabulous team of staff and volunteers - look forward to every year".
Holiday Shops Span Coast to Coast
The Holiday Shops began in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta (CHOA) as a service project of the Atlanta Falcon’s Wives Association. The Holiday Shops were then moved under the umbrella of the Jim Mora Count on Me Family Foundation and have continued since. What began in 2004 with the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston expanded to two Children’s Hospital’s in Atlanta, two in Seattle, and two in Los Angeles by 2013.
In 2014 the Holiday Shops expanded to Virginia with the enthusiasm, hard work and support of New York Mets Third Baseman, David Wright and his wife, model Molly Beers. David has a years long connection with the Children's Hospitals of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2013, David and Molly volunteered at a Holiday Shop in Los Angeles and were immediately smitten with the young patients and really affected by the positive and remarkable impact the Shops had on those kids. The next step was a natural one as David and Molly quickly ramped up to add a Holiday Shop across the country in David's neck of the woods. In 2015, Count On Me will add two more states to the line up with plans to bring the Holiday Shops to Children's Hospitals in Phoenix and New Orelans.
"This program is too special to keep to ourselves. Why not include cities and hospitals in other parts of the country – we don't have to live in a particular city to have a positive impact on the people there", says Shannon.
The Jim Mora Count On Me Family Foundation raises funds to support the Holiday Shops through various events and campaigns throughout the year. In 2014, Shannon Mora and Count On Me held their first "Girls Night Out" in Manhattan Beach to help raise money and awareness for the Los Angeles Holiday Shops. This sold-out event, while a first for Count On Me in Los Angeles, has previously been a staple event for the foundation in Atlanta and Seattle. This wildly successful night sells out weeks in advance and is a great evening of fun and fun-draising.
If you are interested in learning more about the Count On Me Holiday Shops or would like to find out how you can sponsor or support this or other programs, please contact us. We'd love to talk with you!