National Reading Month: Our top five favorites!

Did you know March is National Reading Month?  Here is a selection of five books that highlight the importance of acting with kindness and the power of giving!

First on our list is Last Stop On Market Street by Matt De La Pena.  This book centers on a child who questions the world around him and his grandmother answers questions with deeper meaning. The book ends with the child getting to volunteer at a soup kitchen.

Second on our list, we really enjoy The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig.  This heart-warming story focuses on how small acts of kindness can lead to an inclusive environment allowing children to flourish and grow. 

For the animal lovers out there, we simply loved A Sick Day For Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead.  This delightful story highlights a friendly zookeeper named Amos McGee and the power of friendship. After Amos McGee cares for all of his animal friends at the zoo, he finds himself feeling sick. The animals take care of Amos McGee and make sure that he is not lonely during his Sick Day. 

Fourth on our list is Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson. This book showcases the importance of random acts of kindness. Mary, a young girl, goes out to pick some blueberries for her neighbor, which leads to a chain reaction that eventually finds its way back to her. This shows that a good deed can go a long way.

Last but not least, one of our all time favorites! Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud is a wonderful example of how easy it is for children to express kindness towards others and offers them the ability to visualize how their actions and words impact others. 

Those are just a few of our favorites. Do you have a favorite book that is not listed above? Email us at [email protected] and tell us about your favorite title. 

BE Inspired: Local student makes over 50 Be Bags for Bat Mitzvah project

When it came time for Sophie to complete her bat mitzvah project, she wanted to help patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. With some help from her dance friends, Sophie worked with The B Fund to create over 50 Be Bags, activity bags that provide patients and their families with a much-needed distraction while they stay in the hospital.

Sophie and her friends spent an afternoon assembling coloring pages, puzzles, toys, and other hospital-approved items to be distributed to patients.

After gathering the toys and activities, Sophie and her friends wrote inspirational messages for each bag. Knowing that these bags were going to sick children, Sophie wanted to send these resilient children words of hope and encouragement.

“I felt strongly that sending a positive message to these children was important,” Sophie wrote. “They needed to know that someone out there was rooting for them and simply cared.”

She chose to work with The B Fund because she knew that her time and talents could directly benefit children in need. Thanks to Sophie and her friends, over 50 Be Bags were sent to Boston Children’s Hospital where they will be placed in ambulances, given to the Child Life Specialist in the emergency room, and the Yawkee Inn, a patient family housing facility.

“I walked away from the activity feeling great and proud that I was able to use my own time and talents to create a beautiful treasure,” Sophie wrote. “This treasure will make a difference in the life [of] a critically ill child.”

A special thank you to Sophie and her friends for using their time and talents to help over 50 patients and families. The B Fund is grateful for all of your hard work!!

If you would like to make a difference like Sophie, rally your friends and host a drive! “Be Bags” are simple and inexpensive to make, but they mean so much to patients and their families. For more information, email us at [email protected]

 

 

sNOW is the time to make a difference!

sNOW is the day!

Winter is here and some of you may be home with a snow day! The thought of having a snow day may bring on a mix of emotions, both good and bad. 

The B Fund is here to help! sNOW is the time to use your TIME and TALENTS to create a beautiful TREASURE, also known as a homemade get-well card for a child spending the winter season in the hospital. 

Participation is SIMPLE: 

1. Grab paper and something to write with! Crayons, markers, pencils and/or a pen will do the trick. 

2. Determine what you want to create and let your creative juices flow. 

3. Once finished, share your efforts by: 

- snap a photo of your finished product and email it to us at: [email protected] We will print it out and deliver your treasure. 

- Mail us your finished product: The B Fund - PO BOX 81254 - Wellesley Hills, MA. 02481

- Share your efforts on social media by using the following hashtags: #thebfund #snowistheday 

Making a difference has never been so easy! Join us now. Whether you are having a snow day or spending your day outside in the warm sunshine, all it takes is a little bit of effort on your part to make someone's day. 

 

WHAT WILL YOU BE in 2017? SHARE YOUR STORY

2016 was an incredible year for The B Fund and we were thrilled by the number of kids who joined our growing group of brave and compassionate kids looking to perform acts of kindness, both big and small.

We are kicking off 2017 with our “I will be” Campaign where we invite kids of ALL AGES, yes that can be you too,  to share what they want to be in 2017! The goal of this campaign is to spark conversations with others and inspire them to identify one word that they will aspire to become or continue being.  For example:

In 2017 I will be HELPFUL

In 2017 I will be KIND

Participation is simple and can be accomplished in a few easy steps:

1.    Supplies needed: 

  • One 8 ½ X 11 white sheet of blank paper
  • One black marker. (Think black sharpie) 

2.     Once you have the materials ready, take a few moments to inform them that you are both going to identify one word you will aim to be in 2017.   For example, you may want to start with your own example.

   “This year, I want to make a difference. When I think about people who make a difference, I would describe them as: 

                     kind

                     brave

                     helpful

                     smart

                     compassionate

                     leader

                     generous

   Next, chose one for yourself and say “In 2017 I want to be…(insert your word)"

   Now it is their turn!  BE PREPARED for the following answers:

                      “I want to be a football player, actress or they may say I want to be ME.”  

                     Congratulate them on aspiring to be something great but ask them “what about being “you” or a “football” player is great?” How would you describe yourself or the football player you want to be? It is important to get them to understand that each individual is made up of wonderful qualities that make them unique.

   Next, you are ready to write your word on the sheet of paper. Please make sure you write the word in LARGE letters and if possible, make sure it is neat! After this is complete, have your child hold up the document in front of their chest and take a picture of them. 

   Last but not least,  email your photo to [email protected] so we can share your efforts and inspire others to determine “What they will be in 2017!”

 

BE BRAVE, BE KIND AND BE THE ONE TO INSPIRE OTHERS IN 2017

 

 

THE B FUND BEANIE: SHOP, KNIT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The B Fund is excited to share with you the news of The B Fund Beanie, created by The 3rd Piece, a coveted accessory company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces founded by Carina Donoso and Kristen Lambert.  As part of their Giving Pieces campaign, 20% of The B Fund Beanie sales will benefit The B Fund’s efforts to empower kids of all ages to take action by using their time, talents and treasures to support families caring for critically ill children.

Personally, I was introduced to The 3rd Piece a few years ago and found their hand-made products beautiful. After learning more about the company, I was moved by their ability to spark creativity in others and empower people to knit. Whether someone attends one of their knit nights or they choose to purchase the tools to create a product through their “Made By You” concept, it was clear to me The 3rd Piece was on to more than just keeping people warm, cozy and fashionable with these incredible pieces.

In case you were not aware, knitting has a variety of health benefits to offer.  As a matter of fact, some say knitting can produce a relaxed state similar to meditation and yoga. First, the rhythmic motions and sense of focus alleviate stress, while sitting and engaging in the process improves motor skills, reduces your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure.  According to the Mayo Clinic, those who engage in crafts (including knitting) are about 30-50% less likely to have a “mild cognitive impairment” than those who don’t. Lastly, knitting creates community by bringing like-minded people together to make a difference in their own life or the lives of others. 

Check out The B Fund Beanie and all the other products The 3rd Piece has to offer.

Happy shopping and who knows… Happy knitting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE RAISES $10,000 FOR BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND THEIR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES CARING FOR CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS.

Over 3,500 participants donated an estimated 65,298 pieces of Halloween Candy as they participated in The B Fund’s 4th Annual Halloween Candy Drive, a week long initiative inviting children and families to imagine what the difference one small piece of candy can make in the lives of those in need. 

Thanks to businesses, schools and families across the New England area, Trick or Treaters were enlightened that their beloved candy was not only delicious, it also had the ability to make a difference as The B Fund contributed $.25 to Boston Children’s Hospital for each piece of candy kids donated from their personal stash. *donation up to $10,000

To date, The B Fund’s Halloween Candy Drive has raised $41,500 and has inspired over 7,000 children across Massachusetts to make a difference in the lives of families caring for critically ill children. 

 “The candy drive was not only a meaningful way to support Boston Children’s Hospital, but it also brought inspiration, motivation and a sense of pride to all who donated their candy to make a difference in the lives of those in need, states Rebecca Skoler, age 12.”

 *Donation up to $10, 000

So.. what's next? Participating schools and families are inspiring children to use their own TIME and TALENTS to inspect and sort the donated TREASURES (candy) into two groups: with nuts and one without. From there, bags containing 20 pieces of candy are created for staff members and families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children’s Hospital. Each bag is personalized with a handwritten note of encouragement, well wishes and/or a simple thank you for all their hard work. To date, 2,301 bags (and counting) have been created and will be delivered by December 15th.

A special thank you to volunteers, families, schools and businesses who joined our growing group of brave and compassionate individuals looking to shine a light on families in need. The B Fund is GRATEFUL for you!  

Calypso St. Barth:  The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

The Cottage: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ku De Ta: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Polarn O. Pyret: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ronsky’s: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA

Bach to Rock: Wellesley, MA

BTone Fitness: Wellesley & Sudbury, MA.

Gretta Luxe: Wellesley, MA.

Wellesley Toy Shop: Wellesley, MA.

 The Cottage Wellesley

SCHOOLS: 

Potter Road Elementary School: Framingham, MA.

Hills & Falls Nursery School: Newton, MA. 

Lincoln-Hancock School: Quincy, MA.

Ernest F. Upham School:  Wellesley, MA.

Horatio H. Hunnewell School: Wellesley, MA. 

Tenacre Country Day School: Wellesley, MA.

Woodland Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Country Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Field Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Weston Windows Preschool: Weston, MA

Gingerbread Breakfast: Reserve your spot now!

It’s with great excitement that we inform you The B Fund has been selected to serve as this year’s charitable partner for the “Second Annual Gingerbread Breakfast” on Saturday, December 17th from 9 AM – 11 AM at The Cottage in Chestnut Hill, MA.  

This will be a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to gather over breakfast and celebrate the holidays while making a difference in the lives of families caring for critically ill children.

Event activities include: 

  Gingerbread Cookie Decorating courtesy of Treat Cupcake Bar

  Delicious FroYo samples from Pinkberry

  Participation in one of The B Fund's Signature Activities which empowers participants to use their time, talents and treasures to bring joy to children spending the holidays in the hospital this year.

  Holiday Inspired "PhotoBooth" 

  A visit from Mr. Gingerbread Man himself right at your table!

Tickets - Adults: $25 / Child:  $15. 100% of the children's ticket sales will benefit The B Fund. 

Reservations for this year are now being accepted and can be made online at:

 https://www.yelpreservations.com/r/the-cottage-chestnut-hill/

For more information or questions, please contact: [email protected]

 We hope to see you there! 

Local schools empower students to make a difference this Halloween!

The 4th annual Halloween Candy Drive has come to an end. The candy has been collected, the counting process has begun and then we will move on to the next phase which invites volunteers to use their own time, talents and our newly collected treasures (candy) to create goodie bags for staff and families caring for critically ill children at Boston Children’s Hospital.

While businesses across the area were inspiring their community to donate their beloved Halloween Candy, a variety of schools across Massachusetts welcomed The B Fund’s efforts and introduced the concepts to students.

The B Fund’s school program invites educators and parents to take the concept of our drive a step further by empowering student to take action by giving back to a community in need, learning to distinguish the difference between candy with or without nuts and highlighting the importance of food safety. This was accomplished by inviting students to:

  • Determine the amount of candy they were going to donate and then inspecting each piece to ensure the packaging was intact.
  • Sort the candy into three piles: candy with nuts, candy without nuts and non-edible treats. While keeping these piles separate, students were instructed to place no more than 20 pieces of candy into one Ziploc bag.
  • Lastly, students personalized their efforts by including a note of well wishes to families caring for critically ill children.

In the end, the results were incredible and it was wonderful to see how each school added their own personalized touch when executing the program. It was clear students walked away feeling great about their actions and empowered they were able to use their own time, talents and treasures to make a difference.

The B Fund extends a heartfelt thanks to the participating schools, their staff and parent volunteers. Your actions were kind, brave and we are grateful.

Participating Schools

Potter Road Elementary School: Framingham, MA.

Hills & Falls Nursery School: Newton, MA. 

Lincoln-Hancock School: Quincy, MA.

Ernest F. Upham School:  Wellesley, MA.

Horatio H. Hunnewell School: Wellesley, MA. 

Tenacre Country Day School: Wellesley, MA.

Woodland Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Country Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Field Elementary School: Weston, MA.

Weston Windows Preschool: Weston, MA

 

 

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The 4th Annual Halloween Candy Drive: Join us and make a difference!

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HALLOWEEN CANDY DRIVE AIMS TO RAISE $10,000 FOR BOSTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND THEIR EFFORTS TO SUPPORT FAMILIES CARING FOR CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS.

WHAT: The B Fund’s 4th Annual Halloween Candy Drive, a week long initiative inviting children and families to imagine what the difference one small piece of candy can make in the lives of those in need.  The B Fund will contribute $.25 to Boston Children’s Hospital for each piece of candy kids donated from their personal stash. * (Up to $10,000) To date, 2,100 individuals have donated over 73,000 pieces of Halloween Candy. 

WHEN:  From November 1st – 7th 2016 Trick or Treaters will learn their beloved candy is not only delicious, it also has the ability to make a difference in the lives of families caring for sick kids.

WHERE:  Drop off locations for the general public can be found at:  

Calypso St. Barth:  The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

The Cottage: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ku De Ta: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Polarn O. Pyret: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA. 

Ronsky’s: The Street – Chestnut Hill, MA

Bach to Rock: Wellesley, MA

BTone Fitness: Wellesley & Sudbury, MA.

Gretta Luxe: Wellesley, MA.

Wellesley Toy Shop: Wellesley, MA.

 The Cottage Wellesley

WHY: To spark conversation and engage with our children and the community about 
the value in giving up only a few pieces of their coveted Halloween Candy. In the process, The B Fund’s goal is to inspire others to join our growing group of compassionate individuals who understand that giving of their “treasures” will, in turn, 1) raise awareness of a group in need of support; 2) Literally provide financial support to this group. 

Once collected, volunteers will inspect and sort the candy into two groups: with nuts and one without. Next bags containing 20 pieces of candy will be created for families, patients and the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital.  Each bag will be sealed with a personalized note of encouragement, well wishes and/or a simple thank you for all their hard work. 

So there you have it.... The 4 - W's.... Now it's up to you! 

Be kind....Be generous and donate a few pieces of your candy! 

Supporting The Boston Marathon: A Kid's Perspective

The Boston Marathon is FIVE days away and The B Fund community will be there to cheer on all the runners.  As many of you may know, this year is the first year we have two runners who will join Boston Children's Hospital's Miracle for Miles team and will use their very own time, talents and treasures to shine a light on families in need and run 26.2 miles.

Over the past month, The B Fund set a goal of inspiring individuals to spend a few minutes and use their own time and talents to create posters for the marathon runners. 

During our poster creation gathering, it was incredible to watch the group collaborate and brainstorm additional ways they could support these runners.

As you will see in the video, the outcome was magical and 100% MADE BY THE KIDS!  

To learn more about our marathon runners or lend your support visit:  

http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/site/TR/BostonMarathon/BostonMarathon?px=1349491&pg=personal&fr_id=1390

http://fundraise.childrenshospital.org/site/TR/BostonMarathon/BostonMarathon?px=1349603&pg=personal&fr_id=1390