4th Annual Kids & CarePacks Event
CarePack Kids Touch Others…and Feel Good Inside!
The room was packed with kids of all ages and their families, who were cheerfully decorating gift bags, writing encouraging notes and stuffing CarePacks with all kinds of self-care items cancer patients need while undergoing treatment. These include lotions, fuzzy socks, granola bars, and hand sanitizer, just to name a few.
It was the first time to participate for Stacy Ezell and her kids, Colton, 7 and Brooklyn, 4. They also brought along Stacy’s sister and her kids who were visiting from Washington. Stacy commented that the event was absolutely great—very well organized and a perfect balance between fun and purpose, which was beautifully explained by Tarah Warren, T. Teal’s founder. “Tarah spoke to the kids about T. Teal’s mission on a level they could understand. It was amazing.”
Tarah’s message apparently hit home with Colton, who was later asked what he would say if he got to deliver one of the CarePacks to someone with cancer: “We are praying for you and God bless you. Keep fighting because I don’t want you to feel that you are alone and give up on God.” Colton says next time he’s going to bring more of his friends to Kids and CarePacks.
Another family, the Flintons, have attended all four Kids & CarePacks events since they started. They are also regular volunteers at T. Teal and often deliver CarePacks at Mercy or stop by to help count and organize gift items. Andrew Flinton is a survivor of childhood cancer and serves on the T. Teal Board of Directors. Courtney Flinton has been touched by the disease too, as her mother and grandmother both suffered from cancer.
“My husband and I were actively seeking a local charity when we attended T. Teal’s first Community CarePack Party. We wanted someplace we could give back, and we loved their mission of spreading love to people fighting cancer. We also enjoyed connecting to the community, which included many CarePack recipients. We really love how we can volunteer as a family to foster servant hearts and values in our daughters,” Courtney said. “ It is such a blessing to be part of the T. Teal family.”
Emerson Flinton, 7, said that she likes going the CarePack Parties because “Decorating the bags makes me feel good. I like it when I get sweet cards from my friends. And I like to do that for others.” Samantha, 8, said she likes the parties, “because once I get those CarePacks to people who are sick in hospitals, I feel good inside!”
And that’s what Kids & CarePacks is all about!
There are many ways to volunteer for T. Teal’s CarePack Program this fall and winter!
-Sponsor a CarePack Party at your church, organization or place of business – or
-Place a CarePack Collection Bin at your church, school or office to help us collect the items we need. Check out the list of items below.
-Donate on-line to Tenaciously Teal to help purchase items for CarePacks. (tenaciouslyteal.com)
Join Tenaciously Teal Now! Touch someone with love…and feel it in your heart!
Please contact Tenaciously Teal at 405-753-4996 to schedule a bin.