We are so close! SaMP Park Project

Recently we met with the City of Frederick Parks and Rec Commission. The purpose of the meeting was to go over the legal documents (MOU) that will dictate who is responsible for what in regards to the Sophie and Madigan’s Playground Park Project at West Side Regional Park near Butterfly Lane. We’ve been working the the deputy director, and city engineer for several months pulling this together. Last night the meeting was short and oh so very sweet when the project was brought up the MOU was approved unanimously. Our next steps will finalize that approval. First we will sit with the Board of Alderman at their workshop on June 6th at 3pm. Then we will go in front of the Mayor for final approval. This should all happen quickly and it’s possible by that by the end of June we will be ready to hit the road running! We know that this has been such a long process and even we wondered if we would ever get to this point, but now we’re here! The time line should move very quickly with the park access road, the parking lots, and equipment pads for our park going in *this* fall. We are very excited to be here. There was a lot of “blood sweat and more than enough tears to get us here! We will be a part of the West Side Regional Park System where eventually there will be ball fields and proposed pools etc etc. We are grateful to the City for working with us to make this a reality ~ This Butterfly Lane location was the original location that we asked about when we sat down with the city in 2013! We still have work to do but we are closer than ever to building this amazing destination park that will benefit our community and honor our sweet Sophie and Madigan.

Celebrate PLAY

 

 

 

 

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Yesterday we hosted our 2nd Celebrate PLAY event at Children’s National Medical Center. We handed out over 300 free superhero SaMP capes and gave countless kids/parents in the hospital a chance to leave all the hurts and worries behind to PLAY and create memories together. This year were were fortunate enough to have Imagination Movers come out and the families loved every minute! Miss Libby (aka Mary Poppins) brought her bag of amazing crafts, and our friend Meredith sent books to give away from Books in the Barn!

I stood by the elevators to hand out capes as many families weren’t able to stop and enjoy the concert and crafts and I wanted them to be touched by my girls and their beautiful spirits as much as I could. For a Saturday the hospital was busy everyone from ER patients, to clinic kids and in patient families. I watched one little girl shyly slink off of the elevator and saw her face light up when she heard the music, she turned to her mom now bouncing and asked, “Mom, is this the doctor? This is fun!” After they got checked in her mom came over to tell me how worried her daughter had been and thanked me for changing their whole day from one of scary doctors to a place filled with joy. I cried with a grandmother who’s grandchild had been brought to the hospital not breathing but who the doctors were able to save from the brink, she shared how grateful she was to hear the music and see the happy kids and thanked us for the cape for her granchild who was an absolute superhero. I stood with a dad and listened about his son in hospice care and how he was just so glad we were there to help fill the long hard days.  I gave capes and stickers to charge nurses and social workers who thanked us for helping to make their jobs easier…because a small gift can go a long way to help them do their job with a scared kid.

It was such an amazing day filled with so many emotions and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for all of our sponsors and donors for allowing us the opportunity to bring amazing programs like Celebrate PLAY to the kids at Children’s National Medical Center! Without your donations, without your dedication to our organization and our mission we could not hold amazing events like this one. Such an amazing feeling to watch these families make memories with their babies – to watch their kids play and not worry even if it’s just a few minutes out of their day. There’s absolutely nothing I would have rather been doing to do to honor my girls.

**Celebrate PLAY is a free PLAY event thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Sophie and Madigan’s Playground strives to keep the memory of the Sophie and Madigan Lillard alive by providing opportunities for families to PLAY LEARN and CREATE together in ways that reflect the girls personalities.**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samp Kids – Coco Prep!

We are just a week from our special showing of Coco presented by SaMP Kids! Please make sure to mark your calendar and come out for this special event all proceeds will benefit a Wish Kid with Make-A-Wish Mid- Atlantic

Date: Tuesday May 1st

Time: 5:00pm

Where: MDL Holiday Cinemas

What: Coco Presented by SaMP Kids Compassionate Kids Club!

Tickets are $10 for adult $5 for kids under 5 we will also have special goodie bags with hand decorated sugar skull cookies and with the chance to win our Coco themed grand prize!

The kids have been hard at work getting ready for our special showing of Coco to benefit Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic! This week we decorated sugar skulls and stuffed goodie bags for the show!

Next Monday 4/30 at 4:30 at the Clarion Inn we will be decorating the sugar cookies and finishing up our bags – I’ll also be accepting preorder for the show. We can not wait to see you all there!

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. SaMP Kids is a free LEARN program thanks to the generosity of Sophie and Madigan’s Playground donors, and supporters. Big thank you to our friends at the Clarion Inn in Frederick MD for hosting our weekly meetings free of charge!

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!

http://sophieandmadigansplayground.org/celebrateplay_capes.php

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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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

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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)

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.