Team Timmaree Casino Night (CHOC Walk) 🖋 Heather LaPorte,
2015-2017 Project Chair
Advocates for Children 🖋 Heather La Porte 2016-2017 Program Chair
Orange District Food Pantry Spring 2017
Team Timmaree Casino Night and CHOC Walk 2015-2017
Threads of Love 2000-2017
The workshop affiliated with Yorba Linda Woman's Club is held the 2nd Thursday of each month in the club room at the Yorba Linda Community Center.
We get things ready for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 16 hospitals in Orange County. We provide burial gown sets for still born babies. We also cut and package vests to dress the babies in, so the parents can look past the tubes and wires connected to their babies. The lovie doll is also cut and packaged for sewers to take home. It can be given to the parents to cry into it, leak breast milk, and put inside their clothing, so the baby bonds with them through scent. Each baby must be out of the light so many hours of the day, so isolette covers are made. Rather than have their baby covered in a white sheet with the hospital logo on it, they have a cover that is baby friendly, and cheerful.
Each year, we are able to donate more than 10,000 items to the 16 hospitals for these babies and parents. Our volunteers work enumerable hours but sew each piece with love.
If you're interested in donating fabric or funds please contact me at 714.854.9272 or at email@example.com.
A Special Thank You goes to Jackie McPheeters, north Orange County and Ann Katapski, south Orange County for their unparalleled leadership!
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Orange District Food Pantry Spring 2017 🖋 TBD, 2016-2017 Project Chair
Special Olympics - Final Leg Torch Run event at the Nixon Library
Threads of Love 🖋 Jackie McPheeters, 2000-2017 Project Chair
The Yorba Linda Woman’s Club has reserved the Yorba and Multipurpose rooms for September 17, 2016, for a Casino Night fundraiser for Team Timmaree and CHOC. The CHOC Walk is Sunday, October 30th, 2016.
TOL, Committee Member
"On Monday, May 23, 2016, Villa Fundamental Intermediate School's Pearl Club and Red Tie Club participated in a community service project with "Threads of Love," a sewing ministry meeting the needs of tiny premature infants and newborns who die due to stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death."
At 7 years of age, my granddaughter, Timmaree was diagnosed with a rare form of eye cancer called Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma. In the process of enduring extensive chemotherapy treatments, she lost her hair, but never lost her faith, smile, resilience, and trust in her parents to ensure she received the best possible care. They turned to the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s. To help pass the time during her lengthy hospital stays, Timmaree enjoyed painting rocks. Her first piece of art was a butterfly. She drew a cancer ribbon and began doodling around it, and told her mom “Look, this is a cancer ribbon butterfly.” Timmaree’s rock painting quickly caught the attention of CHOC doctors, nurses and volunteers, as well as other patients, who lined up outside her room to get a glimpse of her special creations. Timmaree never intended on selling them, but many people made generous donations in hopes she would buy something extra special for herself. She purchased a pink camera to take on her Make-A-Wish trip to Sea World in August 2008.
After fighting a tough and courageous battle for nearly two years, Timmaree passed away on Dec. 21, 2008, just eight days after turning 9. She was a hero to thousands of people who had the opportunity to meet her, helping change people’s perspectives about life. Many feel honored that they have one of Timmaree’s limited edition painted rocks with her signature.
Timmaree is with us in spirit. To celebrate her legacy and to brighten the day for patients, we bring the Team Timmaree Rock Craft Day to CHOC the last Sunday of every month. By hosting garage sales and bake sales, we raise money to provide 250 rock painting kits each month—for a total of 18,000 kits since we started seven years ago. In addition, we have proudly participated in the CHOC Walk in the Park since 2007. Our team, donning turquoise t-shirts with Timmaree’s butterfly art, has raised more than $260,000 for the CHOC Walk. The City of Yorba Linda recognized Team Timmaree Rocks in October, 2015, with a proclamation, for their efforts in promoting “Art in the Community”.
The 2016 CHOC Walk marks its 26th anniversary, and our team’s 10th anniversary, and we are proud to announce that we have been chosen to honor Timmaree and CHOC as the Ambassador Family for the walk. This is the first year that a child that has passed away, as opposed to a child that is here to tell their own story, has been chosen as Ambassador. It is a great honor and her family will be representing CHOC for a year at various events.
The Woman’s Club has reserved the Yorba and Multipurpose room for September 17, 2016, for a Casino Night fund raiser for Team Timmaree and CHOC. We will work with the CHOC Foundation to put it on.
The CHOC Walk is Sunday, October 30th, 2016, through Disneyland and California Adventure, ending in Downtown Disney. I hope many of you will participate with us this year.
On October 24, 2016, the CHOC Hospital in Orange invited our Threads of Love volunteers from throughout Orange County to a lovely luncheon. The room was decorated with a Hawaiian motif and we had Hawaiian Shave Ice too!
The nurses gave us such wonderful thanks; as Jackie would say, it is our blessing to be able to help them as they help all of those babies in need. They allowed us to tour the area where their very smallest babies are cared for.
They also gave us a HUGE donation of $2000 which we will use to buy more fabric.