What better way for a kid to spend their time waiting to see a doctor, whether it’s for a case of the sniffles or an annual check up, then to make a card to brighten another child’s day. This is a lesson we can teach our children – not only to give, but to find that part of ourselves to share with others, no matter how we feel.
Dallas, TX (Vocus) May 28, 2010
When a child doesn’t feel good, sometimes even the best toys in the doctor’s office can’t make them feel any better. Lemons to Aid is hoping to help children with a few aches and pains redirect their thoughts toward something a little sunnier. Pediatricians can now equip their offices with a Lemons to Aid Pediatric Kit – a caddy filled with stickers, crayons and Thinking of You cards. The child is encouraged to use the supplies to decorate a card for another child who might be hospitalized.
“Our goal for the Lemons to Aid Pediatric Kits is that in the process of decorating the cards, the child might garner that fundamental lesson of when we try to make others feel better, we actually feel better in return,” said Melissa Plaskoff, founder of Lemons to Aid. “What better way for a kid to spend their time waiting to see a doctor, whether it’s for a case of the sniffles or an annual check up, then to make a card to brighten another child’s day. This is a lesson we can teach our children – not only to give, but to find that part of ourselves to share with others, no matter how we feel.”
Logistically, each participating doctor’s office makes a $50 donation to Lemons to Aid, http://www.lemonstoaid.org and in return will receive a kit for the waiting room. Once cards have been decorated, the pediatrician’s office will then deliver the cards to the local hospital affiliated with the practice to share with the sick children who are hospitalized.
“The Lemons to Aid Pediatric Kits are a simple tool for both parents and medical professionals who focus on the needs of children daily to empower kids with the essential lesson that when we give to others, we actually receive so much more in return,” Plaskoff said. “I’m encouraging pediatricians across America to support Lemons to Aid in creating future generations filled with altruism and compassion.”
For physicians’ offices wanting to learn more about obtaining a Lemons to Aid Pediatric Kit, visit http://www.lemonstoaid.org.
About Lemons to Aid
Based in Dallas, Texas, Lemons to Aid is on a mission to use the simple, but memorable experience of hosting lemonade stands to instill the mindset of service and charitable giving in children at a young age. Natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, often generate a helpless feeling in adults and children wanting to help, but not knowing how. Lemons to Aid provides the tools for families around the world to host lemonade stands and other creative programs, such as read-a-thons, bake sales, etc. to raise money for disaster relief and other basic need causes http://www.lemonstoaid.org.
LTA (Lemons to Aid) Foundation, a Texas non-profit corporation, is a fund of The Dallas Foundation. Donations to Lemons to Aid can be made through The Dallas Foundation. The Dallas Foundation is a [supporting organization][public charity] under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.