Last Sunday we held our annual Winter Wonderland party for all of our Superstar Families. Superstar families are families with children battling a chronic illness between the ages of one-twenty one. These special days are completely free to the families. It is our hope that family funs provide a safe, loving environment where parents can meet other parents who walk similar paths and can connect and support each other. The children are able to walk in the room and not feel so alone. The other children around them are battling the same illness or other illnesses that they can relate too.
The holiday party was our biggest party to date and it was a BLAST! We had everything from Santa, to cookie decorating, to arts and crafts, to customized water bottles. There was so much love involved in setting this family fun day up that was completely sponsored by generous local businesses and families.
One of my favorite moments at our family fun days is watching our Superstars and their Star Siblings make friends with other kids who are “just like them.” For me and for many of our Superstar kids they struggle with their illnesses and often feel that it is a “bad” part of them. Everyone at the AWF strives to make sure our Superstars know how special they are and that we are here to celebrate their differences.
For me there was no greater gift than seeing all our Superstars laughing, smiling, and most importantly feeling so comfortable being exactly who they are.
I cannot thank everyone enough for following our AWF journey on facebook and supporting us throughout the year. Whether it be donating a toy, making a monetary donation, volunteering your time or even just sharing our posts you are helping to make a difference in the lives of many sick children. Thank you for helping us bring so much happiness, comfort, hope, and love to the bravest of the lives.
Special thanks to our holiday sponsors : Holiday Inn Plainview, Homes By Mara, Camps R US, Cakes By Kim, Enchanting Events of NY, Lifevac, Cullen and Dykman, Everyday photography and Treats, Zonas, Danielle Santaniello, Suite Pieces, Miss New York Jamie, Sun Buick GMC of Nassau, The Drapery Lady Studio, DJ Kid, Phyllis, Party Couture, and Fran.
Lastly, thank you to my team members and volunteers who work endlessly day in and day out bringing happiness to all our Superstars.