Pile of Smile would like to thank EVOLVE Human Movement, SouthBlock 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.
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.
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What a day at the First National Kids Yoga Conference! Such awesomeness filled with learning, sharing, connecting and fun.
Pile of Smile was there as a vendor and got to witness firsthand what some amazing and inspiring presenters and attendees are doing to spread the practice of yoga to children around the nation.
The first of it’s kind, this conference had a vision to implement positive change in our schools and communities for children through a shared passion for the kids yoga movement. The conference was made up of yoga teachers, moms and community leaders from all around the country who got together in a playful way to collaborate and share ideas.
The conference itself consisted of keynote lectures, group exercises, breakout workshops, and
panel discussions and also had yoga based activities designed just for kids and teens.
Pile of Smile was honored to be present at the event to help spread our mission to help children with terminal cancer by creating a wish fund generated by donations of kids artwork.
We drew a lot of attention with the amazing artwork and handmade wishbone earrings we had on display. We are committed to teaching children compassion and the importance of mindfulness at an early age and we will continue to spread the word about our charity organization at like minded events in the future!
More pictures here!
On Friday August 22nd, 2014 PassionOver Payment hosted Episode ONE – Open Gallery Show in Philadelphia. Portion of the proceeds were donated to Pile of Smile – Wish Fund for Kids with Terminal Cancer.
We would like to thank Tim Willis, Owner of PassionOver Payment for his generous contribution!!!!