From the very beginning, incorporating charity was a high priority. Working with organizations like Smiles for Central America, My Stuff Bags, and the local Primary Children’s Hospital was a source of great joy.
One Summer day, about 10 years ago, our hearts were touched when an introduction was made to the Princess Alexa Foundation which was founded in memory of Alexa, a bright and beautiful 4 year old girl who passed away from neuroblastoma. Through this foundation, Little Adventures donated dress ups that were housed in Dress Up Closets in hospitals across the USA. From this a seed was planted and a longing to do more was the beginning of a journey to help bring joy and happiness to children with cancer, one dress up at a time.
It was through the Princess Alexa Foundation that we were introduced to Candlelighters of NYC in the hopes that we could help. Candlelighters of NYC is dedicated to helping children who are seeking treatment in New York City at one of the leading pediatric cancer hospitals. They provide an emotional support system full of love and comfort while the children are far away from home. The aim is to be able to help improve the quality of life for children suffering from cancer, offering a fun, positive atmosphere to help them get a sense of normalcy back in their lives. We have been able to give many dress ups, which have been specifically designed to be comfortable and non-itchy, which is exactly what these kids need! During these unprecedented times they have struggled to find funding and do what they do best, any little bit helps! You can donate to Candlelighters here.
There are so many young warriors that need our help. The challenge is in how to best help when there is so much need. We decided to do just one thing. That one thing that we do best is dress up and from that the Little Heroes Designer Program was born! Each year we choose one child to design a dress with a purpose, helping bring awareness to childhood cancer. You can read more about this program here.