Celebrate PLAY

celebratePLAY logoCelebrate PLAY is back at Children’s National Medical Center this May just in time for Sophie’s Birthday! Thanks to all of you we will have our friends Imagination Movers join us for this fun event. Last year Capes for Kids was a hit with the kids and their smiles told us we need to make this happen again! So if you want to help us bring a free cape for a kid who is facing a chronic illness, life threatening illness, or who is there for an appointment with the many specialists at Children’s, check out the website and consider donating a cape! We hope you’ll bring your kids and join us for this free PLAY event May 5th!


Spring Bags for Babies!

Nothing like a little organized chaos to help the community! The SaMP Kids worked hard making spring bags for the siblings of NICU babies and the pediatric ER – we’ll be dropping off on Friday. Thank you to Kendra Sullivan for the donation of Spring goodies that prompted this project! .

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Not What You Think

Yesterday our organization was the beneficiary of an amazing performance put on by Not What You Think at Dublin Roasters Coffee. First we just want to say thank you to this amazing group for using their time and talents to help our organization raise funds and awareness for our mission to help kids and families PLAY LEARN & CREATE together. They choose amazing songs to keep the kiddos and adults engaged and everyone was blown away by the amazing harmonies coming from the stage. Thank you Dublin Roasters for always being a home for us and for hosting yet another fun community event.

Secondly, you guys, we raised $300 in that hour! Amazing amazing! Thanks to everyone who came out to make this event so successful.

NWYT is an a cappella ensemble performing pop, light jazz, and folk, and was affiliated with the Lesbian & Gay Chorus of DC. The members share a core belief that, as gay men and lesbians singing together, they have an opportunity and responsibility to effect change and to open hearts and minds. Not What You Think works for equality and social justice through song and humor, and hopes for the day their music can reflect a world at peace. To learn more about their group please visit their Facebook Page

SaMP Kids – March project week 2

This month the SaMP Kids are working on a few small projects for Make A Wish Mid Atlantic. We started off with a team building energy busting activity where one person couldn’t see and their guide had to get them through an obstacle course. Then we had the privilege to have one of our samp kids who is also a Wish Kid, Baylin and his mom, Antonette, chat with the group about their upcoming experience with make a wish and we made cards for Wish Kids. We’re also working on the details for our Movie Night fundraiser to benefit Make A Wish stay tuned if you want to come out and support this project!

SaMP Kids – Make a Wish Presentation


Yesterday we kicked off our March Compassion project with a presentation by Kari Hartbauer from Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Most of the kids knew about Make-A-Wish and what they do but it was a lot of fun hearing all the smiles they bring to kids who are facing serious medical conditions.

Kari shared this video of Addy’s Wish to be a pop star!

The kids decided that they want to help Make-A-Wish raise money to support a Wish Kid by doing a movie night! Stay tuned for more details!

We are looking for organizations who are interested in presenting their needs to the SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club at the beginning of each new project. Do you know someone who has a need that we might be able to help with? Email me at Chrissi.lill @icloud.com – presenters would need to be able to join us at a meeting on Monday’s between 4:30-5:30.

September – Blessings in a Backpack,
October – Building Veterans
November – SHIP of Frederick County
December – Country Meadows (12/4 card making & 12/11 caroling)
January/February – Middle Ridge Farm & Rescue (1/22/18 -2/12/18)
March – Make-A-Wish (3/5)
April – OPEN
May – OPEN
June -OPEN

SaMP Kids is a weekly service based group with the goal of teaching kids that their acts of compassion both big and small can make a big difference in their community. The kids choose the project for the month and work together on each step to figure out how to make the project a success!

SaMP Kids group is open to everyone, even if you didn’t start this months project we have a place for you! We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming number of kids who come out to help and look forward to our group continuing to grow.

SaMP Kids ~ Middle Ridge Farm

In January and February, SAMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club partnered with Middle Ridge Farm and Rescue in Middletown! Whitney case to speak to our club and the kids decided that a service day at the farm would be a great way to help them!

Last week, the kids got to the farm and realized horses are a lot of work! They worked hard shoveling manure, hay and wood chips, moving full wheelbarrows out to the dumping area and back until one stall was all clean! We definitely want to come back and help out the rescue again!

Other ways you can help the farm is to adopt! While you may not have the space or ability to adopt a horse, they’re always adopting cats and even a pig! Also, like, follow, and share their Facebook page and participate in any fundraisers you’re able to! Currently, they have a fundraiser with Usborne Books & More which are great for kids! Stop by the farm, check out their Facebook page, see Libby at Kids Club, or message them if you would like to participate!  If you’d like to learn more about Middle Ridge Farm and Rescue please visit their website at www.middleridgehorse.com

Our next meeting is scheduled for March 5th ~ we will have a presentation by Make A Wish and hear ways for the kids to get involved. Please stay tuned for a possible location change as we try to find a space that works well for our whole group.

We are still looking for organization to help us close out the school year. If you have ideas or if your organization would like to be involved please send me a message! chrissi @ sophieandmadigansplayground. org (no spaces)

Sophie & Madigan’s Playground at West Side Regional Park

Sophie and Madigan’s Playground is excited to have received approval from City of Frederick Parks and Rec to put our destination memorial park on this property. Just one more step – approval of our MOU by the Mayor and Board to be official! We will post updates as they become available.

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Five years ago

Five years ago two of our beautiful girls we taken from us. Half our family gone in the blink of an eye. Our sweet and giving Sophie. Our precious spunky Madigan.

Five years ago we lost our pets. Our Kenny and Creedance the cats Jack and I got when we first moved in together. Our Raff the kitten we raised from the time he was born. Our puppy J.Humphrey who we got to help sooth the broken hearts of 3 little girls who lost their big buddy Baxter, our mastiff, just months before.

Five years ago we lost our home and every possession. No more coming home to the house where all of our babies were born.

Five years ago we lost our identity.

Five years ago at this very moment I sat in shock and confusion still covered in soot and ash my hair crisp and tangled struggling to take deep full breaths of air.

Five years ago at this very moment my oldest daughter was in a medically induced coma. The drone of the machines in the PICU helping my tiny girl breath ringing in my ears as I sat terrified we would lose her too.

Five years ago at this very moment I sat desperate to be comforted by Jack but he was all alone in another icu for the burns and inhalation from trying to save our babies.

Five years ago I thought I could never make it through one more moment.

Five years ago I couldn’t feed my baby.

Five years ago our family was shattered, nothing could ever be the same.

Today we are overwhelmed by the continued support of our friends, families, and strangers who have one family along the way. We know despite our devastation the girls are not forgotten. We know that our mission to honor them by helping to build an amazing park, and stronger family bonds through our programs is making a difference in our community and that means more than we can express. This journey has not been easy, there are days when taking one more step feels impossible but we are stronger because of your support. 💙💗