Project pillow pet

I always experience renewed gratitude after a stint in the hospital with our son. I am grateful for an incredible hospital, smart doctors, compassionate nurses and loving family and friends. Spending time at a children's hospital (or any hospital, for that matter) is not super fun. In fact, it can be downright heart-wrenching at times. But there are so many things that our friends and family members have done for us over the years that have helped to brighten our spirits. And if I'm being honest, the only person's spirits I truly care about while we are in the hospital are Elijah's. After all that he has been through, there is nothing better than seeing him smile through the pain.

I feel it so strongly in my heart right now to give to other children what our loved ones have given to Elijah over the past week -- a smile when smiles aren't easy. Wouldn't it be so much fun to load up a couple of cars FILLED with Pillow Pets and bring them to children in the hospital who are in need of comfort and a smile? Let's do this! Will you help?!

* I am not being compensated in any way by Pillow Pets, nor did they ask me to promote their product. We just LOVE PPs here in our house! If you'd rather contribute a different comfort item, please feel free to do so! 

** A special thanks to our amazing neighbor Jennifer for giving me this idea!

Pillow Pets run right around $20. If it is on your heart to contribute, you can do it a couple different ways:

- Purchase a Pillow Pet (or comfort item of choice -- new items only, please) and send it to me at: Megan Porta - P.O. Box 16 - 135 Sommerville St. S. - Shakopee, MN 55379.

- Send a check to the above address.

- Send money through PayPal (

If you do any of the above, leave a comment on this post. I will randomly select 3 commenters at the end of the month to receive something as a "thank you." It'll be a surprise, but you will get your money back plus a little!

At the end of January, my boys and I will personally deliver ALL of the PPs we receive to our local Children's Hospital!

THANK YOU for your generosity! A little something like this means so much to a sick kid!