Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Dear Families of Mrs. Fallwell’s Class:

As teachers, we are always so very grateful to receive such wonderful gifts and cards at Christmas time.  This year, Mrs. Fleming and I would like to present another option for you during this special time of year.  Not only will it bring joy to some very special children in need, it will no doubt help to reinforce to your own children, the “True Meaning of Christmas”. 

The Alberta Children’s Hospital is a most amazing place that is very near and dear to my heart, as my oldest daughter Lucy spent a length of time there as a newborn and will have heart surgery there in the future.  When I read of the following project a few days ago, I immediately wanted to be a part of it.  In lieu of a teacher gift this year, please consider PROJECT CHETHAN’S FRIENDS!

As you no doubt know, Chethan is a very special friend and member of our class.  He brings a hug and a smile to each one of his friends and teachers each day.  As you may or may not know, he is nothing less than a medical miracle.   During Chethan’s many, many stays at both the Alberta Children’s Hospital and LRH, he received exceptional care.
Since that time, his family has been donating money to ACH at Christmas time every year. This year, they will have the opportunity to be in Calgary right before Christmas and feel it is a perfect time to play 'Santa'!
It is hard enough for a child to be in hospital for extended periods of time and for parent(s) to witness their child's suffering. It is even harder during Christmas time.
Chethan’s family’s intent is to donate gifts/items for the children and adults in UNIT 3 and the INTENSIVE CARE UNIT of ACH this year. These families would be in similar situation as they were, in acute crisis situations where there is no time to prepare and little opportunity to access basic necessities.

You can participate in the form of a monetary donation, or even better, a small care package for parents or gift item for a child.  Even if you can spare a TOONIE or two, it would go toward a great cause!

For the parents, they would like to make packages of things such as toothbrushes, shampoo, notepads and pens, things that might help make their stay easier so they can focus on their ill child.
Any ideas would be appreciated!

Gift ideas for children are usually easy, however, there are restrictions of gifts, so if you would like to donate an item, please see below:

Here is a summarized list of 'gift restrictions' for Alberta Children's Hospital and Chinook Regional Hospital:
- do NOT gift wrap
- toys must be new, not used
- non-breakable and safe (e.g., no sharp edges, made of non-toxic materials)
- easy to disinfect (should have hard surfaces, I.e., plastic, vinyl, painted wood or metal)
- non-aggressive (no toy weapons, no violent action figures or books/comics
Ideas: They accept colouring materials, books, DVDs rated PG, baby toys, kits, puzzles, playing cards, Hot Wheels, play doh, Lego, and board games!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Anjana, at anjanasburgess@hotmail.com.
Donations of $ or items can be sent directly to me at the school or can be given to Chethan’s mom, Anjana Sawhney-Burgess prior to December 12. 

Thank you so much!

1 comment:

  1. I love this! What an amazing way for the kids to see the true meaning of Christmas and see a direct connection with giving. Thank you for facilitating this in your classroom!