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Service Project for Children's National Medical Center

At our Cultural Fair on Sat, 2/25, we will be collecting donations for Children’s National Medical Center.  Several families in our cluster have children who have received care at CNMC.  My youngest son has also spent some time there.  Being in the hospital is a difficult experience for a child and their family.

One small thing that we can do to help is donate items to help kids pass the time during their hospital stay.  Below are some suggested items. You will find the full CNMC Wish List here on their website. All items should be new.

Here are some popular items from the CNMC Wish List as suggestions.

  • Bubbleshelping-hands
  • Baby Rattles
  • Uno Cards & other games
  • Board Books (new or like new condition)
  • Activity books (mazes, puzzles or coloring books)
  • Art & Craft Kits and supplies

Charity Event a Huge Success!!!

On Sunday, November 7, we had a lot of fun for a good cause.  Thirteen au pairs from our cluster worked together to make 393 servings of snack mix for the DC Central Kitchen.  The only reason they stopped there was we ran out of cereal and pretzels.  So, I bought some more cereal on my way home and my kids and I used up the rest of the ingredients to make another 77 servings. 

That gave us a grand total of…

470 servings of snack mix!

The snack mix is being donated to the DC Central Kitchen for a program called Healthy Returns.  Healthy Returns brings healthy meals and snacks to agencies serving low-income children and at-risk youth throughout the Washington DC area. To find out more about the program visit the DC Central Kitchen website.

Special thanks to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for allowing us to use their parish hall for the event.

Here are some more photos:




I had au pairs from France, Guatemala, Sweden, Costa Rica, Thailand, Brazil & Germany all show up and work together for this worthy cause. One au pair just arrived from orientation three days ago and another au pair will finish her extension year in two weeks and au pairs at all different stages of their au pair experience in between.  I was very proud of these ladies!

Update: Sandra and I made a trip to the DC Central Kitchen to drop off the boxes of snack mixes. Here are a couple photos from that.