Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Pennsport Cares Week, Day 3: Help 'Make-A-Wish' Come True for A Local Child in Need

Can you believe we're half way through Pennsport Cares Week already? Phew, time flies when you get involved and show how much you care!  Great job to everyone who has followed along thus far and don't worry, there's more goodness coming your way.

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Day 1 featured Ryanne Jennings, who is running her first 5k on April 12th in support of local food access agencies at the Walk + Run Against Hunger 2014. Click here for more information on how to donate.

One Day 2, we featured neighborhood organizations and community groups in the hope that you will get informed, get involved, and maybe even get your hands dirty to help further the area. 

Kids helping kids in needs, it's a wonderful thing (via)

Don't think we're taking it easy on you for Day 3, in fact, it's probably the most important day. We're  looking to help local children who have fallen ill and are in need of a little hope to help them battle ailments that often hit way too close to home.

The Alphabet Academy, a childcare network with four locations on Passyunk Avenue, is partnering with Make-A-Wish Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley through the KIDS FOR WISH KIDS program to grant "wishes" to children in the area fighting a life-threatening illness.

Last year, The Alphabet Academy raised over $8,000 to help send a four year old boy with cerebral palsy named Gabe and his family to Disney World -- his "wish" literally granted thanks to the generosity of the area. 

Given that many of these children face life-threatening circumstance, the identity of the child will be made known after the wish is granted. But please know, your pledge will help grant the wish of a local child in need.

No donation is too small for this important cause and there are a few ways to get involved. 

BUNNY HOP: April 15th - 11am - Singing Fountain, Passyunk Ave. at Tasker Street
Last year's Bunny Hop raised over $8,000 -- let's beat that! (via South Philly Review)
In an educational and creative effort to help grant the wish and teach children the importance of giving to those in need, the team over at the Alphabet Academy is holding a Bunny Hop at the Singing Fountain on April 15th at 11am. The children are asked collect donations from friends, family, and neighbors in the weeks leading up to the event then show off the hopping skills for those in attendance on the 15th. With spring brings the season of Easter and so, the Easter Bunny will also be in attendance to cheer on the kids. It's a fun way to teach kids at an early age to get involved and show them that they can make a difference in the world. 

Here is what the Alphabet Academy had to say:
"The 'Make-A-Wish Foundation' is an organization close to our hearts. Children are our passion and there is no greater gift then having the ability to help a child fighting a life threatening illness. All the children we raise donations for live right here in our community."
To sponsor the soon-to-be hoppiest children in Philadelphia, please click here to donate and know that you're a rock star for doing so. 

MAKE-A-WISH BENEFIT: April 15th - 7 to 9pm - Alphabet Aquarium, 1720 E. Passyunk 
The Alphabet Aquarium will hold a Make-A-Wish Benefit and Silent Auction on April 15th

Knowing that the Bunny Hop is in the middle of the work day, the folks at the Alphabet Academy are also holding a Make-A-Wish Benefit with silent auction featuring rooftop cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

Tickets for the event are $100/person and can be purchased at any of the four Alphabet Academy locations -- with all of the proceeds going to their Make-A-Wish drive.

It's a chance to have a wonderful night out (without the kids) and help to support an even better cause. For more information and to get a look at some of the sweet silent auction prizes, including a Kindle Fire and a box set of Johnny Walker Blue (hello!), check out their Facebook event here.

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