Newburgh United Methodist Preschool Kids Emptying Piggy Banks for St. Jude
Babies helping babies! I LOVE it! My daughter attends Newburgh United Methodist Preschool. She's only three but her main focus of prayer every day and every night are the sick babies and the hungry babies. Even before my little girl was a twinkle, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was near and dear to my heart. Becoming a parent only solidified the connection I have with the hospital that saves the lives of children.
I've been with Townsquare Media for five years and during my time with the station, we've raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through our radiothons. This phenomenal community comes together for two days and open their hearts to the sick kids of St. Jude in so many ways.
This is the first year my daughter is old enough to understand that some sick kids have more than just a cold. They are really sick; they can't even stay at home. They have to live in the hospital. She's also old enough to put her prayers into action. She wants to HELP the sick babies. I wondered if other kids wanted to help too. So, with the blessing of our Operations Manager, Chad Benefield, I approached her preschool with an idea.
Since it costs almost $2 million a day to run the hospital, St. Jude relies heavily on private donations. Now, kids, especially preschoolers, don't own much. They think they do but in reality they aren't in possession of a lot - especially money. So, we decided to give the kids of NUMPS the opportunity to do St. Jude Penny Wars - with a superhero theme! Parents can dump the change that gets in the way and the kids can feel like they are making a difference. Plus, every single penny counts to the folks of St. Jude. They are ranked as one of the best charities to donate to - they take care of and are appreciative of every penny that is donated.
This afternoon, I received the best news I've had all week. The kids of Newburgh United Methodist Preschool started bringing in their pennies. To my surprise, several of them donated out of their own piggy banks! I'm in tears at the generosity of small children.
These kids are superheros and so are the parents who are leading them in the right direction. Be listening March 3-4th for your chance to become a Partner in Hope and be superheros just like the kids of NUMPS and hear how much these kids collect for the sick babies!
If your school or business would like to have your own penny wars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, contact us HERE and let us know! We'll make sure your pennies make it to the sick kids!