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IPM kicked off the first quarter of 2018 with Integrated Project Mercy focusing on assisting children in need, with a special emphasis on Shriners Hospitals for Children. IPMers across the country demonstrated their philanthropic spirit with a variety of creative initiatives – including fundraising walks, blood drives, and even some fun dress-up opportunities.
Volunteers from IPM’s Boston team literally rolled up their sleeves to donate platelets and blood at Boston Children’s Hospital. The team also prepared a large breakfast for the more than 25 families who stayed in two homes managed by the hospital while their children are in treatment.
The Los Angeles team played a double-header: participated in the Michael Hoefflin Foundation Walk for Kids with Cancer on March 17, and volunteered at the star-studded Autism Speaks Lights Up the Blues Concert Benefit on April 21. L.A. folks helped run the silent auction at the event, with all proceeds going to support families and children with autism in the L.A. area.
The Minneapolis folks helped the Minneapolis Shriners Hospital for Children set up a temporary store to make formalwear available to young adult patients attending prom. IPMers assisted with crowd control, apparel clean-up, provided style opinions when requested – and a little ad-hoc modeling.
Our New Jersey volunteers teamed up with St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Clear Channel country radio station at its annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon. The IPM team manned a phone bank and accepted donations in support of the radiothon.
The San Francisco team supported the Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, which helps cancer patients of all ages as they go through the rigors of chemotherapy or radiation treatments. IPMers assisted at the foundation’s annual “Ragin’ Cajun” fundraising event in March as spotters for the live auction, and assisted attendees with check-in.
St. Louis participated in two recreational therapy nights at Shriners Hospital for Children St. Louis. The first was a carnival night featuring games with books as prizes. At the second event, IPMers assisted by helping children make cards and jewelry for their mothers in anticipation of Mother’s Day. The St. Louis team also donated portable bassinets and playpens to Day 366, an initiative designed to help St. Louis mothers and children from conception to their first birthday.
The Chicago team supported the Shriners Hospital for Children. IPMers volunteered at the hospital’s open house, where they assisted with event set up, served refreshments, and welcomed guests.
— Published June 8, 2018
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