December 18, 2014
My mom started a tradition of decorating gingerbread at Hollygrove before I was born. This will be my 2nd year attending, but this will be the first year my buddies came along. It was so cool to have most of my board members join us and see what Hollygrove is all about. This is one of my favorite places. Not only are my peers the coolest, the teachers are too! Thank you to Yellow Heart Photography for capturing a perfect day.
P.S. Most of the pics are of my board members in order to protect the kids of Hollygrove
November 7, 2014
In honor of our hero Max!
September 26, 2014
Alivia Groussman’s Bake Sale
Today my cousin Alivia decided to help out kids in need. She put together a bake sale with the help of her mom. She stood on her driveway and sold brownies and Honest juice boxes to the parents and kids of the John Thomas Dye school. She was so smart to set this up during pick up. She has decided to help Camp Del Corazon. It is a camp for kids with heart disease. Thank you Alivia (and Aunt Erica) for all of your hard work! Thank you to all the people that bought her yummy brownies today!
August 16, 2014
Octavia’s Mission for Forgotten Children
$13,465 RAISED of a $10,000 GOAL
We have completed our first fundraiser for “The Forgotten Children”. Not only did we reach our goal we went over it! Octavia will be traveling to Belarus to work one on one with these beautiful kids who have been affected by Chernobyl.
Her goal on this mission is to not only bring love, attention, care, and nurturing while she is there, but to also work with them developmentally to help them become higher functioning. The group she works most with is the high-risk/high dependency unit that is bed-bound, and often “tied” to their beds. While she is there, she watches over the unit 24 hours a day. She has also intervened to stop abuse. Octavia attends every feeding, and actually feeds them herself (three times a day). She changes diapers, administers meds, massages them, talks to them, assesses their developmental needs and PLAY’S with them. She plays music so they have something to hear besides the cries of other children who are in pain. Her goal on this trip is to work one on one with the nurses and caregivers and try to help them understand a better way to interact with these precious children. “We have to change the mindset of the people who work with these kids day-in and day-out as that is when their quality of care will significantly improve”.
THANK YOU to all that donated. Our family, friends, board members, OTB supporters and all of our new anonymous friends for your generosity. Thank you to all those who helped spread the word and bring awareness to these Forgotten Children of Chernobyl. I want to give a special thank you to Octavia for being the voice of these children. We are forever grateful for you for helping kids help kids.