Kate's Kart

If you are one of my Facebook friends, you might have noticed I've been posting quite frequently about today's free ice cream social benefitting Kate's Kart. It is a local organization that hands out new books to children in the hospital to take home with them.
Kate's Kart was started by the Layman family after their little girl Kate died from a heart abnormality. Kate endured several surgeries, procedures, and over 150 days in the hospital. One of her favorite things to do while in the hospital was to look at books and have others read to her. After Kate died, the Laymans wanted to give back and honor Kate and originally intended to have a cart of books in one local hospital.
However, as of the end of May 2010 (and 23 months of giving out books), Kate's Kart volunteers have given out over 17,500 books in 12 area hospitals!
I never knew Kate personally, but she has touched me, my family, and countless others who have a received books as a result of her short life. I love meeting and talking with scared parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and encouraging them to read to their babies, or the little boy who is feeling really yucky and seeing the excitement when he picks out a book of dinosaurs, or the teenager who tries to seem uninterested, but lights up when she sees a book she has been wanting to read.
As of this June, Kate's Kart has been rolling in the halls of area hospitals for two years. Kate's birthday is June 26th and as a way to celebrate her life, her love of books, and her love of ice cream, there will be an an ice cream social, free to the community, at the Parkview North Campus Family Park from noon until 4pm. Not only will there be free ice cream, but there will also be free live entertainment courtesy of Madeline's Toybox (rock band for children) , the Conglomernotes (a 17 piece swing band), and Peto the "Almost Magnificent". You also don't want to miss the free games, free door prizes, balloons, and facepainting. It is going to be a great time! Kate's Kart will also be having a Scholastic Book Fair, and will also be accepting donations of NEW books or money.
Each family gets to enter their name in for a door prize (and there are several REALLY COOL door prizes!). I decided to design a special piece just for this purpose. It is fairly simple. The logo for KK is: "Kate's Kart, Books from the Heart" I fused fine silver into a ring, hammered it flat and stamped "books from the heart". Then I hung an ice cream cone charm, book charm, wagon charm (Kate loved wagon rides too), and one of my lampwork beads done in pinks with a touch of goldstone sparkle inside.
You don't even have to spend a dime to win. So stop by, say hello, have ice cream, buy a book, enter for free door prizes.
I will be blogging later tonight about the kick off to the bead soup blog party. So don't forget to come back tonight!



Jen what a beautiful necklace, perfect for the occasion. Sounds like a great event! :)

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