The Happy Birthday, Madigan!

Sweet Madigan,

My heart aches to be with you everyday but today it aches that much harder. Today you are 8 years old, the last birthday we spent with you you were just turning 3. We went to Disney World and ate dinner at the Beasts Castle. I’m so glad we got to have that special day with you. I try to imagine what you would be doing at this age. Would you still love baby dolls, Brave, and signing at the top of your lungs? Would you still be the funny sweet mischievous little monkey or would you have grown out of that phase? I know you would have been an amazing big sister, I bet you Sadie and Mason would be so fun to see together. I miss you to the moon, and wish that I could do more than wonder who you would be. I’m grateful that your energy still surrounds us and that when we quiet our minds from all of the hard stuff I know we can find you there. Some days that’s harder than others.

If you were here with me today I would be taking you out to celebrate your special day. Maybe we would have gotten pedicures before heading out to see a movie, then we would have come home and celebrated with treats with your cousins and our family. Instead today I woke up with tears, I poured through pictures and videos from Aunt Becky and Uncle Nick in hopes to find a new picture or video, and now I’m writing to you. We’ll break out the Christmas decorations today like we do every year because you loved the lights. I’m thinking I’ll take your smallest siblings to watch a concert and hope Morgan tags along. We will get hot chocolate inspired by you and your sister. Then we’ll send you our hugs, kisses and love notes on balloons. There will be a lot of tears today and hopefully some smiles too.

From the day you were born rushing in 9 weeks early you soothed my heart and soul. You are intelligent, empathetic, giving, creative, and oh so perfect for our family. You loved with every piece of yourself and we all soaked that in. We live each day with a sense of gratitude for your short but amazing life. This world is a better, more wondrous place because you were in it. Your life has inspired so many to be better to do better to be more present and more loving. I hope you can feel our love for you.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl. We miss you and love you more than words could ever describe. Give Sophie a big hug for me

Love,

~Mom


 

 

1 year of SaMP Kids ~ Homeless for the Holidays Talent Show

It’s our 1 year anniversary of SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club! I can’t believe that we’ve made it a full year, our program is thriving, and reaching new families every week! We’re also making a BIG difference in our community, in the last year the SaMP Kids have logged over 875 volunteer hours, they have worked with the Religious Coalition to provide sunshine bags filled with hygiene items for those using the shelter, made the holidays a little happier for kids who found themselves at Children’s National Medical Center, baked cookies to raise money for St Jude, brought much needed pet supplies to Frederick County Animal Shelter, helped clean the streets of Frederick with the Downtown Frederick Partnership, created homes for birds to encourage them to make a home at Catoctin Creek Nature Center, held an EVERYTHING Sale for Blessings in a Backpack, created a meditation space, and shared a meal with Building Veterans! That’s a lot of lives they are helping!

This month the kids are working with SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership) they have decided to undertake the enormous task of holding a talent show! Yesterday they worked on their show ideas, and finalized the details for the show which will be held at Dublin Roasters on December 1st at 5:30PM. They decided that admission for the show will be new hygiene items, or a cash donation. Everything the kids collect will be donated to SHIP to help with their “Homeless for the HolidaysHygiene Drive.At our meeting yesterday the kids worked on their timeline, made posters for the event.

Next week is Thanksgiving week so we will not meet. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 27th 4:30 at the Common Market, we will have a little run through of each kids talent.

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.

SaMP Kids – November Project – SHIP 

Yesterday we had the pleasure of having Ed Hinde from SHIP (Student Homelessness Initiative Project) come out and present to the kids at our Compassionate Kids Club meeting. We learned that there are some 600 hundred children within FCPS that are encountering homelessness each year – students in 61 out of the 66 schools in just our county! Country wide there are some 1.5 million kids facing homelessness. SHIP works along with Frederick County Public Schools to help fill the most dire needs for these kids. Ed told the kids a few ways they could get involved and suggested that helping with their “Homeless for the Holidays” campaign would have a great impact. This campaign specifically asks the community to donate new hygiene items for the FCPS Warehouse in the month of December.

After Ed left the kids voted to work with SHIP for this months project. In addition to kids asking their friends and family hygiene items through a “bag drop and return” the kids wanted to do something more hands on to help raise money to buy their own items to donate to SHIP. They decided to hold a “Talent Show for SHIP” details will be coming soon as they work together to decide how to pull off this grand idea! If your kiddos want  to get involved just show up! We meet on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 at Common Market.

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans Dinner

This month the kids picked Building Veterans as the recipient for their monthly service project. The kids created a meditation center, and brought the guys a meal this past Monday. Throughout the moth they worked together to created a menu of pot pie, salads, desserts, and some drinks. The Meditation Center was lovingly put together with a salt lamp, mini zen garden, water fountain, art supplies, and a few workbooks for survivors of PTSD. Monday we all packed up and headed to the Building Veterans house. We were greeted by a few of the men, as others came in from work, they surprised the kids with pumpkins to decorate while some of the other kids helped assemble the Meditation Center. We were honored to be apart of their family dinner celebration, they honored men who are doing hard work to stay in the program, celebrated birthdays and an engagement. The kids really enjoyed how hands on this project was, meeting the people they were helping will be sure to make this project one that sticks with them through the years.

This week we will be joined by SHIP Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership, the kids will hear a presentation and then they will decide how they want to help this month!

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.

 

PINK Friday is off and running!

Are you as excited as I am for PINK Friday? We’ve got some amazing vendors this year, and some that are returning after multiple years. I’ll do my best to highlight a few that are starting their PINK Friday giving early!

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Great Paint Parties will be holding an event November 11th We’ll be painting the painting above – sign up here! https://www.greatpaintparties.com/copy-of-9-24-sophie-madigan-s-playg

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-Outer Banks Beach House remaining 2017 dates www.carolinavacationhomerentals.com/listing.61 seasidecottageobx@gmail.com 
THIS SPECIAL IS DIRECT BOOKING WITH THE OWNER ONLY “We own a renovated cottage in the scenic Currituck Golf resort community. Fall is the best time of year for fishing-sound or surf. Much is open and plenty of things for kids to do in the neighborhood-basketball, tennis, game room at the fitness center, playground etc.. Golf and mini golf are also close as is a lighthouse to climb.
Offering 2-3 night packages for open dates in Oct, Nov and Dec. Additional days can be added for an additional cost. $25 donation from each reservation goes to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground Fund.
Includes-4 bedroom house with a hot tub+ neighborhood amenities.
Linens and bath towels, beds made
Cleaning fee included. Bottle of wine is included. Family groups only, minimum age to rent is 25yrs. Pet fee is waived(owner needs to know about pet though). *Rates are purchases made by check * credit card adds 3% to rate posted *$100 security deposit is additional & by check to be voided right after stay if no damages.
2 night stay $490 plus tax
3 night stay $645 plus tax
Dates available to choose from:
Oct 24-31
Nov 1-7th
Nov 13-19
Nov 26-Dec 15th”
 
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-Spilt Polish (14 N. East St.) Mommy & Me Manicures before Nov. 17 https://www.vagaro.com/spiltpolish/about DISCOUNTED Mommy & Me Manicures PLUS 10% will be donated to Sophie and Madigan’s Playground! NOW through 11/17 so don’t wait until Pink Friday! https://www.vagaro.com/spiltpolish/about Must Mention Pink Friday for donation 
 
barbershack4-The Barber Shack (417 W. Patrick St.) Make your appointment for Nov. 17 in advance so you won’t have to wait! http://www.barbershackfrederick.com/
 
KEEP_OctoberPromo_HPhero_desktop-2.jpg-KEEP Collective by Aaren King is donating now through Dec. 1  www.keepcollective.com/soc/ed2ks
 
isbl_3360x840.19749290_4krpb9fk.jpg-Lotus Naturals: in addition to donating, they are also giving customers a 10% discount during all of November! www.etsy.com/shop/LotusNaturalsBend
 
life-changing-skincare-banner.jpg-Rodan + Fields by Amy Ghiglieri is donating from all sales in November https://amyghiglieri.myrandf.com/
 
31-logo.png-Thirty One by Meagan Cooper is donating from all sales between 11/13-11/19 https://www.mythirtyone.com/mcooper31/info/category/all
 
21751819_10157110120849616_1259803151361316097_nUsborne Books & More by Megan Wesley is donating from all sales in November https://e6474.myubam.com/742417
-We are collecting new Toy Donations for Children’s National Medical Center on November 17 as a part of Giving Tuesday, so make your purchase in advance to drop off at the Information Table outside of the Velvet Lounge (203 N. Market St.) or in Colonial Jewelers (1 S. Market St.)

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans ~ Wk 3

Yesterday at SaMP Kids ~ Compassionate Kids Club we had a small lesson on equality and fairness. The kids were all given a band aid and then they were given an “injury” some had broken arms, some a black eye, some a scratch. We talked about how sometimes treating everyone equally isn’t what is right. Based on our little activity the kids decided that fairness means that everyone gets what they need vs everyone gets the same treatment… I think the bigs got it… some of the littles just thought it was funny we were giving them band-aids. 😉 Such is life in a largely a mixed age group!

The last time we met the kids choose to work with Building Veterans. They wanted to serve a meal and create a “portable” meditation center for the men. They came up with a list of items they wanted to include If you have any of the items you’re willing to donate please contact Chrissi.

Yoga Mats
CD Player / iPhone speakers
Meditation CDs/ app suggestions
salt lamp
books on mindfulness
books on coping with PTSD
adult coloring books
colored pencils
poems
water colors “canvases”
peaceful art, words of affirmation cards
small water fountain
small “rock garden”
Suggested yoga moves for calming and re centering

The kids started work on some of the meditation art and words of affirmation cards.

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The menu for the meal at Building Veterans has been made but we welcome you to join us. Please consider bringing a covered dish ~ Last names A-L can bring some type of side dish Last names M-Z can bring some type of dessert. The meal will take place October 30th at the Building Veterans house in Brunswick at 4:30pm.

We currently have a T-Shirt fundraiser happening ~ Please consider purchasing a t-shirt the money raised will help us with the expenses related to running SaMP kids each week throughout the school year. PO15546321-front

SaMP Kids is open to kids and families of ages and abilities. We encourage you to join us right where you are. We are a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors.

Pirate & Princess 5k and fun run!

September 30th 2017 Sophie & Madigan’s Playground held our third Pirate and Princess 5k and fun run! Adults, kids and pets dressed in their best pirate and princess attire to run the course at Monocacy Village Park. We had a lot of fun, while we raised some money for the organization!

 

Pictures thanks to the amazing Sarah Burns Photography if you wish to purchase any photos from the event just get in touch with Sarah through her website.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors for helping to make this a great event! shirt

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans ~ Week 2

The SaMP Kids have chosen to make a meal and serve the men at Building Veterans as a part of their service project for this month! If you or your kiddos are interested in helping and haven’t already committed to an item for the meal, please consider bringing a covered dish ~ Last names A-L can bring some type of side dish Last names M-Z can bring some type of dessert.

The kids have also decided to make up a Meditation Center of sorts ~ we are looking for the following items to add

Yoga Mats
CD Player / iPhone speakers
Meditation CDs/ app suggestions
salt lamp
books on mindfulness
books on coping with PTSD
adult coloring books
colored pencils
poems
water colors “canvases”
peaceful art, words of affirmation cards
small water fountain
small “rock garden”
Suggested yoga moves for calming and re centering

The meal will take place October 30th at the Building Veterans house in Brunswick at 4:30

SaMP Kids ~ Building Veterans

Yesterday the SaMP Kids had an opportunity to learn about Building Veterans.

Building Veterans is a peer to peer supportive recovery program with a holistic approach.  Program participants live in supportive housing, attend mandatory classes and either work, attend school or volunteer in the community. They support those who struggle with personal issues and addictions.  Each person sets his own pace within the parameters of the program. Participants are encouraged to work together to refocus and reintegrate into the larger community. They partner with other organizations to identify those who would be best served by our peer to peer immersion program. We focus on providing help for those struggling with addictions associated with PTSD, head and brain trauma, and depression.

Their motto is “Building Communities Builds People. Building People Builds Communities”

The kids all listened intently as Adam explained the program and the people they are helping. The topic was pretty heavy for the kids, learning that the men struggle with mental health and addiction issues, who have struggled with staying “out of trouble” but it was so good for the kids to see that even those men who have struggled in the past are worthy of our love and compassion. That they are human and when they need help there is someone there to help them. What a beautiful lesson for all of our kids to learn. The kids asked questions about the men in the program and they worked with Adam to form a plan to help. Over the next few weeks the SaMP Kids will work together to create a menu for the monthly family style meal for the men in the program, visit the men to play games to develop a sense of community, and will try to help the men establish a meditation space in their housing.

After the presentation the kids worked on a small side project to send cards to a little boy named KC who is facing his 17th hospital admission in his 17 month life. The kids worked on cards to send to his mom and hopefully KC will get lots of smiles from the love the kids sent.

SaMP Kids – Compassionate Kids Club is a weekly group focused on compassion and community service. Kids of all ages will come together to choose a service based project that will help teach them the importance of compassion for others and how their service big and small can make a difference in our community.

We are still in need of ASL proficient volunteers to help at our weekly meetings if you are able and willing to assist one of our regular attendees get the most out of our weekly meet ups please consider signing up to help for a week or two throughout the year. http://signup.com/go/HtyNBNC

SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the support of our sponsors and donors.

 

 

 

5th Annual PINK Friday is coming!

PINK Friday returns on November 17 for our 5th annual #shoppingforSophieandMadigan event!

You Shop. They Donate! So kick off your holiday shopping before Black Friday, avoid the stampedes, and shop for a great cause! All of our participating businesses donate a portion of their sales for the day. The money raised helps us hold our unique PLAY LEARN CREATE programming, like SaMP Kids, Celebrate PLAY, and Winter Carnival for Grieving Children, and it will also help us with the costs associated with building an inclusive destination memorial park, right here in Frederick.

NEW THIS YEAR! Stop by Colonial Jewelers to browse our vendor fair and pick up some jewelry while you are there! 3:30-6:30 p.m. Warm up and see what the tables are offering in the heart of the Frederick square!
Dublin Roasters will host Origami Owl and a Hennamorphosis so you can adorn yourself with jewelry or a henna design while you get a cup of coffee.
Sophie & Madigan’s Playground Information Table will be located outside of the Velvet Lounge where you can see our most recent park designs, and enter our giveaway for the $50 Amazon gift card!  Just bring your 5(or more) receipts from participating businesses to our Information Table or show us on your phone, or e-mail fundraising@sophieandmadigansplayground.org with your five online receipts for your chance to win. Winners will be notified online and by email on Monday 11/20 by 8pm.
You can get more information and show your support by “going” to Pink Friday on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1816417825292155/ and inviting your friends to the event!
We’re so grateful to the new and returning businesses, shoppers, and volunteers!  Your support has helped us raise $15,000 over the last 4 years! If you’re interested in being a part of PINK Friday be sure to check out the Vendor, and volunteer info on our website.
See you on November 17! pinkfriday