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I’m Not Over It!

i May 8th 5 Comments by

Brightly colored displays announcing “Mother’s Day” are everywhere. Restaurants are promoting mouthwatering edible delights; last year (2014) 31% of adults bought flowers or plants as Mother’s Day gifts. 120 million cards are given and National Jeweler boasts Americans are expected to spend a total of $4.3 billion on jewelry for Mother’s Day — talk about cha-ching!

Well, this is my 22nd year as a mother missing her son, and my 11th year as a daughter missing her mother and it’s still difficult for me to physically enter a retail establishment, check email and read any magazine or newspaper with all the advertising focused on Mother’s Day. My way-back machine takes me to experiences long ago, wondering what we would be doing today to prepare for Mother’s Day. I get heart tugs and tears flow freely when I purchase celebratory greeting cards for my aunts, nieces, cousins and girlfriends – most with children living and breathing. Tears are flowing now as I write this. Listening to all the excited chatter and activities associated with Mother’s Day is still a hard and bitter pill to swallow. (more…)

College $ App

i Mar 1st No Comments by

There’s a whole lot of buzz around this new app Scholly. Christopher Gray, a student at Drexel University appeared on Shark Tank making his investor pitch and yes he got it. The end of this episode of Shark Tank was pretty heated; with some individuals walking off the set.

As this app will show there are tons of scholarships available. I personally know about organizations that experience challenges in awarding their scholarships, perhaps this app will help to reduce their dilemma. (more…)

Reflective Difference

i Dec 30th No Comments by

WOW! Can you believe it? 2014 is drawing to a close. It makes sense that at the end of the year many of us are taking some time to reflect on the past 365 days. We may be thinking about our accomplishments, our  disappointments, and our steadiness. Reflection and evaluation takes place for businesses (small and large) and organizations too. At Erick’s Place we’re pondering the year. Let’s take a look back at some of our accomplishments, disappointments and steadiness.

Our Accomplishments: For more than 7 years we have continued to make a difference in the lives of children with special medical needs and their families. Through pajama donations and volunteers we have delivered over 4500 pairs of pajamas to a variety of hospitals and pediatric facilities as far north as Brooklyn, NY and as far south as Vineland, NJ. Monetary donations have helped us provide more than $8,000.00 in college scholarships since 2006. We’ve helped purchase furniture for families, provided funds for groceries, partnered with organizations to purchase a hearing aid for a child with hearing deficits and an orthopedic device to help a child walk. (more…)

New Ways to Give!

i Oct 23rd 1 Comment by

Since 2006, Erick’s Place has been dedicated to serving chronically ill children and those caring for them through the following six programs:

My PJs – collection and distribution of brand new pajamas to chronically ill children in area hospitals and pediatric facilities

Caregivers Count – grants for caregivers of chronically ill children

Assistive Technology Grants – awarded to hospitals and pediatric facilities (more…)

Recycle, Reuse, Revive

i Oct 1st No Comments by

There’s an old saying: “You learn something new every day.” I hope this is true; learning new things keeps our minds sharp, contributes to our personal growth and sometimes it can even be fun. Learning can also help us to connect with others as we share the knowledge we receive.

I’d like to share with all of you some new knowledge I acquired while brainstorming topics for this article.  In my research travels, I came across some fascinating information about recycling iPhones. Last week, the new iPhone 6 was unveiled. There were long lines all over the world full of people who couldn’t wait to get their hands on the sizzling hot new gadget. (more…)