Little Smiles was selected as our Outstanding Non-Profit for the month of July 2019. In a series of four articles, we found out who they are, how you can help, special requests, and Camp Care. We hope you continue to follow their mission and their events in the future. —EH Stafford, Managing Editor
Little Smiles prides ourselves that we are local, hands on and immediate! We work through the nurses. There is a request system where they can put in what they feel would put a huge smile on a sweet little face. Our limit is usually about $500 per request. Lately, we have had several larger requests that we need to raise money for. If you would like to donate to Little Smiles and help our kids. Go to: www.littlesmilesNC.org/donate/
Reagan Wasson’s request
The first request Little Smiles would like to introduce to you is Reagan Wasson. A darling 4-year-old little girl who has a very rare condition called l-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency (AADC). This condition effects her development and mobility to move around. Summer is here and I’m sure Reagan would love to have this Special Needs tricycle. Reagan’s insurance (medicaid) does not pay for it. Her Mom has to carry her everywhere. The doctors feel this bike would help Reagan get around and develop her motor skills. The cost of this Freedom Concepts Discovery Series DCP 16 Pediatric Trike Is Over $4,000. Little Smiles is asking for donations to put towards the tricycle. Any amount will help.
The second request is from Interim Home Health in Mooresville. Nurse Terry Schindelholz, put in a request for Jacob McDaniel. Jacob is 6-years-old and has multiple seizure disorders…epilepsy, ADHD, and obstructive sleep apnea. His parents have just finished a major renovation of their home to make it wheelchair/ambulance-friendly access with the addition of a handicap bathroom for him to use. Due to his many illnesses—the only thing Jacob wants to do is get outside and play. He is constantly every day trying to escape and get out. Jacob raises the windows to try and do so. He has pushed all of the screens off. He also tries his best to open the doors and run out. Key locks have been put on the inside of all doors to keep him in. The locked doors inside are slowing him down—However, the family’s biggest fear is fire and the doors are all locked and the key is missing.
With a little help, Little Smiles made it happen
Jacob McDaniel’s request is for a home surveillance system. The family is not worried about someone breaking in but “Jacob” breaking out. They need window and door alarms with surveillance cameras in the areas Jacob uses. The total cost of the system is $2,957.52. The family has chipped in and helped with some of it. We needed about $1300 more to achieve this request. I am proud to say Little Smiles made it happen. Jacob had 3 seizures in 2 days and we went to Vivent to beg for help again and they made it happen. Little Smiles paid the $600.00 and Vivent paid the rest. This family can sleep at night and know Jacob is safe!
Little Smiles helps children like these every day, with your help, we can make it happen. Go to: www.LittlesmilesNC.org/donate/
Or email me at: Mkyle@littlesmiles.org. 704-661-5223. Our kids need our help and we so appreciate it.
Margi Kyle is the founder of Little SmilesNC. Started in 2010, it is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to fulfill the dreams of children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters. Their mission statement: Little Smiles helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. Giving Kids the chance to be kids during difficult times! “We are Local, Hands-On and Immediate.”