By Jan Hanus

2016 Pile of Smile Valentine Workshop

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I vividly remember the excitement of Valentine’s Day as a child. I agonized over finding the perfect set of cards to hand out to my schoolmates. We made heart pouches in class to hold our cards and couldn’t wait to go through all the lovely messages. Fast forward a good number of years later and I can’t remember the last time I even bought Valentine cards, let alone made one. Like with most things when we get older, it’s easy to forget the simple joys of childhood.

But for some, childhood isn’t always so simple. There are children all over the world that struggle to lead normal lives while battling cancer. They have a lot more to worry about than what cards they are going to get at the store. Sometimes they have to miss school altogether.

PileOfSmileWorkshopPile of Smile knows that a little act of kindness can go a long way. That’s why we partnered with our friends at Jammin Java and South Block Juice Co. to put together a free workshop inviting people to make Valentine’s Day cards for children in need.

Kids—young and old—came together and enjoyed a day surrounded by good people, fun craft paper designs, and glitter….lots and lots of glitter. It was amazing to see the love and care that went into making each card. We were able to make many unique cards. Share some laughs. And dropped only one container of glitter on the carpet.

And thanks to the generosity of those who came, we were able to send cards to all our wish kids and donors with the utmost love. We were also able to send 10 cards and 10 of our activity books to 5 new cancer treatment centers.

Whether you’re making or receiving it, art can really heal the soul.

For those who made cards with us, thank you for taking time out of your day to make someone else smile. We hope to see you again at another workshop soon.

For those receiving cards, thank you for being our Valentine. Thank you for being brave. Thank you for being you.

ArtJamz Fundraiser by Evolve Human Movement

Pile of Smile would like to thank EVOLVE Human MovementSouthBlock Juice Co.Ross O’Rourke and all participating people for hosting Art Jam a benefit even to support Pile of Smile Wish Fund. Art Jam was a fun evening of inspiration, community, freedom of expression and creativity. A great evening of relaxing, laughing and letting your inner child shine through. The participants were able to buy or donate their master pieces. All the proceeds from the sale went to Pile of Smile. Below are some photos from the event.

ArtJamz Pile of Smile Fundraiser

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Pile of Smile Press Release No.1

Pile of Smile

Eight-year-old Virginia girl launches innovative charity to benefit children with terminal cancer.

Pile of Smile brings kids together to create art in support of children and families.

Fairfax, Virginia –

Pile of Smile – a new charitable organization that encourages boys and girls to create and donate their art as a deep act of compassion in support of terminally ill kids – has begun holding events in Northern Virginia with plans to expand nationwide.  Pile of Smile creates opportunities for children to express themselves creatively (and learn new artistic techniques) in support of another child struggling with cancer.  Pieces of art are sold or auctioned to the public, with all funds being used to fulfill a patient’s wish.  Through Pile of Smile, kids are being exposed to tremendously moving stories as they learn the true meaning of gratitude.

The new charity is the brainchild of eight-year-old Imogen Adams, whose young friend lost his life to cancer last year.  She could not help but notice how her friend and his family suffered so badly, and she felt a need to try and alleviate that kind of pain that other people are going through.  So she decided she could contribute to the cause by using her artistic talent to raise money to grant the children’s final wishes.

“I want to help kids with cancer. For them to do what they want before their time is up,”  Imogen says.

She hopes by getting other kids together and creating art they can bring a smile to boys and girls in the hospital and make a difference in everyone’s lives.

Since the organization launched earlier this year, Pile of Smile has hosted a workshop, sold artwork, completed an online art raffle, and donated all funds to families struggling with pediatric cancer. And they have begun planning the Pile of Smile expansion in pursuit of their ultimate goal: to fulfill the biggest dreams of every terminally ill child on the planet.

Anyone who wishes to make a difference in another child’s life is encouraged to get involved in any number of ways: donating paintings, drawings, or sculptures, buying art online (proceeds will go towards the wish fund for a pediatric cancer patients), or serving as a local team leader and bringing together kids in your community to create art as an act of compassion.

>> Our Media Press Kit HERE <<

For more information, please call Alison Adams our Community Director at (540) 454-1670,
e-mail: Info@PileOfSmile.org.