ME's Barbie Party 4 St. Jude- Delivered to St. Jude

This past March, ME was sent a Barbie from our dear friend Eileen. A thank you on Facebook triggered a wonderful avelanch of love sent our way. One person after another lovingly sent Barbies to ME, in celebration of her 10 years of life. It was absolutely amazing! Along with Super Hero Action Figures, books, and crayons. You all amazed us with your out pouring of love! 

Today, the day arrived that we delivered our first batch of Barbies! We loaded up the truck and cars, and made our way over to St. Jude Children's Hospital. The sun was shining bright, and you could feel this was going to be a glorious day! 

When we arrived at St. Jude Children's Hospital, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Vilma. 

Children were everywhere.  

So many beautiful children, and their families.  

Most of them with the visible signs of the treatment they are receiving.  

Each child working hard in the fight of their lives

As I looked at each one of them, I could not help but be touched by the realization that this little gift from all of you, via MaryEllen, will bring them a little bit of sunshine as they show Barbie how brave they are, or as they hold her hand during treatment.  Just as ME has done during her many medical concerns over the years. I knew instantly, that this was something that is needed Every single Barbie is absolutely needed. This was further confirmed after Vilma shared with us, that this is indeed very true. That Barbies have made a difference in many lives, just as they have made a difference in ME's life.

I will never forget the children and their familes that I saw today. Most just walking in, shuffling past us, to get what they need to continue in their journey

I will never forget their faces.  

I will continue to help St. Jude collect as many Barbies as I can, on behalf of MaryEllen. ME is ready too! We are committed to continuing this effort!

Today reinforced just how grateful we are for each and every single one of you who sent us Barbies. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!! Thank you!! Thank you!! You all were here with us in spirit, and I cannot thank you enough!

Now, I know you want to see the photos. So I will stop with my rambling. Here you go!  
Vilma presented MaryEllen with a St. Jude shirt and a  St. Jude gold pin. 

She explained to us that this pin presentation is reserved for distinguished individuals on behalf of St. Jude.

Vilma shared with us that she would be throwing a Barbie party to hand out the Barbies to the girls who are at St. Jude. What Vilma did not know, was the amount of Super Hero action figures that came our way as well. Her face lit up with joy when she realized that she would be able to include all of the children due to the fact that we had collected so many toys that are desired by both boys and girls

After ME was given her shirt and pin, we traveled over to the warehouse to unload the Barbies. Everyone jumped in to help! Thankfully almost all of my kids and John were with us, which made the job go smoothly! 

Vilma could not contain the joy as she looked at all of the different Barbies!

I could not stop smiling! I knew exactly how Vilma was feeling. I felt the same exact thing each and every time I would open a package from all of you!!

ME learned so much from this experience. 

I did too! 

Oh my goodness, how very much I learned.

I learned that I am surrounded by some of the most generous people on earth. 

I learned that we will never be able to collect too many Barbies for St Jude! The need is so great. So we will be collecting Barbies for St. Jude for as long as people send them to us! Every year, on ME's birthday, we will remind you that we are collecting them for ME's Barbie Party 4 St. Jude. We will also continue to collect Super Hero Action Figures! 

I learned that Barbies that are all plastic, clothing and all, are especially helpful. There is less worry about germs for those with compromised immune systems. 

I learned that there is a HUGE need for Barbies of many cultures! We got a few Barbies of many skin tones, but St. Jude needs more! Many, many more! 

I learned that my daughter is amazing! Not that I did not know that already! I did! However, these past two months of watching Barbies come into our house, has been a true test for MaryEllen. Her love for Barbie is only trumped by her love for her family! That's a lot of love right there! Initially, she would beg to open the Barbies. Over the months,  we talked to her about giving them to children who are sick, and how they will bring a smile to their faces! Slowly she understood what was happening. It did not come over night. It was a process. Lots of conversation, and including her in every part of this. She worked by our side helping us sort them, and organize them. Then today, in a gift of true love, she handed them all over to be given out by St. Jude! She shed a tear as she walked away. Then, when we got to the car, she said to me, "Mom, I give my girlfriends Barbies." 

This girl gets it! Spread the love my friends. Spread the love!

If you would like to send us a Barbie for St. Jude, Please send it to
ME's Barbie Party 4 St. Jude
2095 Exeter Rd Suite 80-227
Germantown, TN 38138

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  1. What a special day for all of you and all of the children at St. Jude's! I could feel the love!