September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and I wanted to take the opportunity to share a little bit about what God is doing at 818 Ministries!
If you're a new friend to the Do The Thing Movement blog you might not have heard my testimony of what God did in my heart throughout my mom's cancer journey that led to this ministry. My mom (now breast cancer survivor) was diagnosed in September 2014 and for the year that followed underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. During that time, we had the opportunity to meet a lot of people who faced situations similar to my her. God really burdened my heart for these people in light of the amount of support my mom had during that time.
She had my dad who took off work to come sit with her at chemotherapy.
She had a daughter who knows how to crochet hats when she lost her hair.
She had friends to come sit with her when she had a bad day.
But as we met many patients along the way, I continued wondering, "Do they have these forms of support? More importantly, do they know Jesus as Savior?"
Over time, I started donating hats to mom's treatment center and God had way bigger plans. I launched our website and as the years have passed, God has provided so many amazing volunteers to come alongside me and carry out our mission.
We package handmade hats + handwritten letters of encouragement and deliver them to patients fighting serious illnesses. Our Impact Squad travels the US to deliver them in hospitals dressed up like princesses + superheroes. Since our launch, we've donated 4,501 hat packets and have volunteers in 14 states! God is so faithful!
Check out the video below to see BTS on a recent Impact Squad visit to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital!
Feel free to check out the website to learn more about how to get involved with 818 Ministries!
Cheering you on,
Rebecca Dotson George