~honoring livia grace stilke~ 12/19/05 - 09/26/14
~honoring livia grace stilke~ 12/19/05 - 09/26/14
2021 NEWS!!! We are proud and honored to been given the opportunity to DONATE 100 Care bags to the PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit) at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison WI.
Please read below for more details behind this special gift!
Stay tuned for more information on how we can do this again!
September 27, 2021
EXCITING NEWS!! WE DID IT GUYS!!!
And on Livia’s Angelversary weekend, we did something (I think) is truly amazing!! (I hope you are all as thrilled as we are!)
COVID put this project on hold, but after 8 LONG months, We were finally able to deliver some very special gifts TODAY!!!
This has been a dream of mine since 2014, but I never knew how to do this, or when I could ever pull this off....but it happened and it was simply beautiful!
I am so proud and honored to tell you all that Livgracefully has donated 100 “Love from Livia” bags to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison!
ONE HUNDRED AMAZING, HUGE, AWESOME BAGS!!!
These bags went directly to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where Livia spent two weeks.
You may be wondering why we chose to do this and I would love to share a little backstory with you and why this was my desire for so long.
When Livia collapsed on the playground, she was rushed by ambulance to the local hospital. From there they rushed her by ambulance to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison. We had no idea how long she would be there, and hours turned into days and quickly we realized we weren’t going home anytime soon. A week later, same thing happened; again, not prepared at all. We had nothing with us. Nothing but my purse and the clothes on our back. We slept there, ate there and lived there. You are scared; your child is scared. We hadn’t showered or freshened up for days and regardless of those few moments we had without doctors coming in; we certainly didn’t want to leave her to go and grab anything from home (which was an hour and a half away).
You see, it may sound vain, but it wasn’t.
In those moments, you are at your worst. You are physically exhausted, teams of doctors coming in every few hours to talk to you, you haven’t put on deodorant for days, or combed your hair. And as the days go by, your self esteem diminishes. You no longer have the courage or strength to have discussions with the doctors because you haven’t brushed your teeth in days. Why?
Well, because when you feel like shit and you are going through the worst time of your life, there is something to be said for comfort items. Whether it is lotion, deodorant or a toothbrush; or a pair of fuzzy warm socks to keep your feet cozy on the cement floors. Your self confidence and your strength improves, and when you feel better; you can make better decisions and not be afraid to speak up or be fully ingulfed in the issues at hand.
We were one of the few who had been able to get some of these items from our loved ones, but they are not readily available. The hospital just doesn’t have extra supplies to give to families when they are in this situation. And I often wondered…..what if a caregiver didn’t have someone to run to their house to grab some necessities for them? What if these parents had to run out to the store to get these items and they miss the doctors coming in?
So, I knew I wanted to do something to help these families who are in the midst of a devastating situation. At the worst moment of their lives. And I wanted to give the children something special to take away some of their fears and worries. They are scared too and something as simple as a cute stuffed animal, or a fun book can certainly help a child feel just a tiny bit better.
My Livgracefully Team took many months to curate these “Love From Livia” Bags, and in doing so; we are able to take this worry and concern off their plate. They will now be able to solely focus on what is important, and hopefully these items will provide comfort, a sense of feeling a bit better amid their situations and hopefully provide a much-needed hug from our family to theirs.
We’ve been there and it sucks, so I am so glad that we have been blessed to have been given the opportunity to put this project in motion!
The purple cinch sack, is packed PLUMP FULL of beautiful items; each curated with the family and child in mind. Each bag is filled with roughly $60 of wonderful items that they can use. Every piece was well thought out and hand picked by my team to ensure that the families receiving these bags have some wonderful items. Each bag includes a beautiful, age appropriate book, much needed toiletries, comfort items, activities for caregivers and child, toys and of course a replica stuffed animal of Livia’s.
The hospital was overcome with joy when they saw the back of my vehicle today and the many, many months of going back and forth finally paid off! Today was a day of Hope, Joy and pure beauty as we unloaded 100 bags (probably 10 pounds each) and rolled them into the hospital. TEARS OF JOY!
This was a huge undertaking, but one we want to do again! Our hope is to continue this to other surrounding hospitals as well and continue to put these “Love From Livia” bags together for families who are thrust into a situation they had no idea was coming.
But we certainly couldn’t have done this without your help.
Whether it was your Amazon donations, your generous giving or your apparel purchase; we did this because you helped us get there! And of course, we have angels who helped this project become what it is: A very special Thank you to the Pruitt Family and Shared Health Alliance for helping this dream become a reality! A special thank you to my Team; Lyndsey and Jennifer for taking my crazy idea and helping make it a reality, and for the many months of spreadsheets, meetings and talks about these bags. A special Thank you to the Aday family for supporting us in this mission and helping us execute this huge task!
So, thank you for believing in Livgracefully.
Thank you for remembering Livia and encouraging us to continue to honor her and do great things that have an impact on so many.
I couldn’t have envisioned a better way to honor Liv on her 7th year in heaven.
If you are interested in helping us with he next round of bags, please let me know.
We truly need a village to put this together and I am hoping we will be able to provide this to more hospitals in the area. These families need our help and these bags may not take all their worries away, but these bags will certainly provide comfort to them in their time of need.
Thank you all for your encouragement and your support! Livgracefully is dedicated to making a lasting impact on every life it touches…so…. Let’s do this again!!