Random Acts of Kindness….Pass it On!


This picture was taken in 2007., during our Blankets of Hope Projects.

This picture was taken in 2007., during our Blankets of Hope Projects.

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This year, while gathering up Christmas presents for your family and friends. Try to grab a gift or two for a neighbor that you know has no family or a family that may be under privileged. These little random acts of kindness will bring joy to those, who may be lonely or feel sad during the holiday season.

For example. this picture  taken in 2007, when we first started giving out gifts and blankets to those who have no one during Christmas at cancer centers, nursing, homes, or other places joy is needed. Additionally, this particular year in 2007, my children and I visited the trauma unit at Shands during our give away.

Laugh at Cancer Support Community is so thankful for the many different donations, which have been given to us over the years. Since, these simple presents brought joy into the lives of many others. The idea for the support community and the blankets and small gifts came from examples in my own life.

A Glimpse Into My Blessed Life

Over fifteen years ago, my daughters 4th birthday was coming, but I got sick enough to be admitted into Orange Park Hospital and stayed during her birthday. My lovely roommate surprised me! She had her daughter bring in several presents for my daughter like: Barbie, Barbie’s horse, and clothing for the Barbie doll. I felt so blessed when this happened that I cried as I tried to tell her thank you. She hugged me and said he said just pass it on when you can.

Later, for the next five years, I found myself in the hospital over the holiday season for one reason or another on Thanksgiving, Christmas, (My birthday), New Years Eve, and New Years Day. During Christmas, the nurses would bring in gifts for me and my children, which made me feel blessed and grateful. The nurses from each shift brought me some things to use to write with, since they knew I loved to write short stories. They even loved reading what I wrote, which made me feel honored and set me on the path to writing. I am not perfect, but I know I get better every single day.

This year, I am collecting donations for the Blankets of Hope Project, which can be throw blankets or small gifts for adults or children. However, if you cannot help us out, then take time to help someone near you that needs help this year. If you can help us, contact me for my email laughatcancer@gmail.com for the address to send your donations to. I hope you will take a moment and let us know how we are doing, as well letting us now if you plan to donate. We can also use Christmas cards that are not signed, instead put “Thinking About You” at the bottom of the card.

Please help spread the word by sharing this blog!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Forgiving Yourself and Others


forgivenessHave you struggled with forgiving someone, who has hurt you or abused you? Do you find yourself thinking about it a lot lately? If so, this is normal to feel, whenever someone you trust has intentionally hurt you. However, you must find a way to give your hurt and pain to the Lord, for he will release you from the burden of guilt. Additionally, he will help you learn how to forgive those, who have victimized you or someone you love.

The first memory verse is: Acts 3:19…“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (KJV)

As you recite this verse, remember that you must confess all of your sins against God and others. Once you ask him to forgive you for all of your sins, he is just and will erase all of your sins immediately. For we must spend time, learning exactly what forgiveness truly is, because it can hinder your spiritual growth. Honestly, forgiveness is ceasing to be angry over the unacceptable behaviors that someone has done to you.

By forgiving someone, you are not giving them your permission to repeat the behaviors that hurt you. Instead, you should recognize the feelings that you felt at the moment that they hurt you. Be honest and ask for the forgiveness of others, once you have evaluated your role in the entire situation. This way, you can free yourself from the power that a person has over you when you hold a grudge.

            The second memory verse is 1 John 1:9…“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV)

Recite this verse, as you begin your transitional journey from being a victim to becoming a survivor. No matter what has happened in the past, you can fully overcome its negative effect on your life by trusting in God. Never allow the pain or anguish over their behaviors and actions to cause you bitterness. If this person continues to offend you, then you may want to step back and evaluate your relationship with this person.

No longer will you feel overwhelmed or angry, instead you will find peace that passes all understanding. In that moment, you will feel the burden of your own guilt start melt away, as the pain and anguish begins to disappear. As you become a new creature in Christ, you will learn how to modify your own behaviors and reactions to someone hurting you. Trust in Jesus and forgive those who hurt you, because you will take away any power that they have over you.

Laugh at Cancer Support Community Newsletter


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Laugh at Cancer Support Community Newsletter The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is a support network for families that have been touched by cancer…directly or indirectly! Our mission is to help all families facing cancer’s touch and restore hope in all families.

No one should ever have to face cancer’s touch alone! The support network was built this support network to allow members to communicate with Join our mission in helping families touched by cancer and restoring their hope. We believe that laughter is an important tool in the fight against cancer for the patient and the families.

Come lean on our Wings of Hope and support other members facing cancer’s touch. We welcome all ages and nations to join in our mission. Help us spread the word about our support community and its mission to help families in need on emotional support other families, who are dealing with this devastating disease.

Come join our support community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laugh-At-Cancer-Support-Community/116421731737354

Wings of Hope Project

This year, I am collecting Thinking of You cards, in order to give them out at local nursing homes. During last year, my grandma stayed in several nursing homes and I noticed that there were many patients that didn’t get visits from their family members or their friends. I decided to try and make a difference in their lives in some way. I began thinking about collecting Thinking of You or packages of ten blank greeting cards to give out to each and every patient.

How you can help

With the help of my Support Community staff, we have begun collecting greeting cards , but we need help in order to reach our goal of 120 greeting cards. However, instead of buying a single greeting card, take a moment to look for a cheap pack of Thinking of You greeting cards online or offline. Sometimes, dollars stores or Wal-Mart may have these packs of cards, as well as vendors online.

Newsletter Staff

Author Crystal S. Kauffman

Thank you Aunt Pat.

A Glimpse in My Life

Hi, my name is Crystal S. Kauffman (Pen Name: Imogen Rayne). I am a freelance author, poet, songwriter, and novelist. I am looking forward to starting a career, as a telecommuter or web content producer. Since, I started writing 15 years ago; I knew I had finally found my passion in life. I have always wanted to write for a magazine or website that allows me to make a difference in the lives of my fans.

In May 2006, I graduated from a freelance writing program for Children and Teenagers. I began writing short stories, poetry, songs, and studying ancient history like the Bible. History fascinates me. I hope to achieve more accomplishments and earn my place in the writing world…one article or novel at time! Currently, I have earned an Associate Degree in Business Arts and a Bachelor’s In Communication from the University of Phoenix. Right now, I am currently working on several novel ideas, which will be for all different ages. I am looking for an editor, who can help me polish off my completed manuscript. I have a poetry collection and short stories for children collection that is available online.

To learn more about me, please visit my Facebook Page and read my blogs. Thankfully, I am a ten year cancer survivor, who is blessed with three wonderful children, who are my biggest fans. On November 2006, I married my fiancé of almost 8 years and I am looking forward to having long life with him. I enjoy writing something every day and meeting new people through the Laugh at Cancer Support Community that I built on Facebook.

Our mission is to help families touched by cancer whether…directly or indirectly! No family should have to face cancer alone, so help me create a place where people can reach out for help. We have two major projects we promote each year that are making a difference in the lives of the patients we have met. One is called Wings of Hope, which sends cards out to local hospitals or nursing homes at least twice a year. Furthermore, we also have a project called Blankets of Hope, which we collect fleece throw blankets, Christmas cards, and small gifts for each Christmas. Help us make a difference, by working together to help families or patients, who may not have anyone visiting them.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

(AKA) Imogen Rayne

Email: laughatcancer@gmail.com,

My Web Page: http://www.crystalskauffman.com

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Blankets of Hope 2013

By, Crystal S. Kauffman

This Christmas, help me spread the joy of Christmas cheer to the patients in local nursing, which my grandmother is in. Some patients have no family and would enjoy receiving the small gifts from someone. There are many ways you can help like you can donate signed Christmas cards, small gifts and/or, throw blankets. I have already obtained permission to give out the gifts on December 23, 2013, so they must be donated before Dec. 15, 2013.

Throw Blankets

The blankets are desperately needed, because the patients tend to get the chills and a fleece throw blanket would be perfect on warming the up. The must be a typical sized throw blanket, so it is easy for the patient to carry with them. The blanket will represent all of the people out her thinking about them during the holidays. Please feel free to send the blankets to me and my address is at the bottom of this article.

Cards

The Christmas cards should be signed with your family’s name or you may allow everyone to sign it. Children can make homemade cards or they can draw pictures. I am hoping to get enough things to give out to each patient there. Additionally, write Patient on the front and Christmas on the back of the envelope. These cards seem to brighten the patient’s day and are generally inexpensive, since money is tight in this economy.

Small Gifts The patients love getting small gifts like figurines of any kind. I usually go to the dollar store and get some from there for cheap, but this year I cannot afford to buy them myself. So, if you would like to volunteer and help me gather up some cute small figurines like angels. Most patients love getting an angel for Christmas with a card and a blanket. This shows that there are people out in the world who do care about them, even if they have no family coming to see them.

Volunteering

You can help by donating any of these items and sending to the address at the bottom of the page. Patients will be thrilled and feel blessed to receive anything that you can donate. Without the kind donations of others helping me, I cannot possibly give something to all of the patients. Let’s make a difference together by bringing a little love and cheer. If you live in Jacksonville, Florida and want to be a volunteer, please email me for my number.

Collecting Donations

Currently, we have until Dec. 15th, 2013, in order to collect the donations needed to make this a day that the patients will remember. Please consider helping me bring a little joy into the life of each patient that I will meet on Dec. 23. 2013. If you want to help and want send a donation to me, so I can go buy the items needed. This Christmas can be brighter and full of hope, by giving the patient something special that they can use every day.

Care Packages

Other ways you can help is gathering up shoe boxes wrapped and marked male or female. These shoe boxes should be full of personal stuff like deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, powder, shaving supplies, brush or comb, body lotion, perfume or cologne, or other items they may need. If you can help, please contact me by email for more information about this project. The Laugh at Cancer Support Community is sponsoring this project, but we are not a non-profit. Thank you to all who will be taking the time help with this Blankets of Hope project.

Contact Crystal S. Kauffman for the Address

Thank you to all who have helped by sending gift donations and greeting cards.

Blankets Of Hope Project


Blankets Of Hope Project

Dear Friends,
Its not to early to start collecting a donating blankets or small gifts, as well as Christmas cards. We will need 120 gifts for the nursing home patients that we have chosen to help this year. Please help us bring a little Christmas joy into the lives of patients who do not get many visitors. Have a wonderful week! Getting started early will help us obtain our goal.

Email me for my address: laughatcancer@gmail.com

Wings of Hope Project


Wings of Hope Project

I am collecting about 20 packages of blank cards with ten cards in it. I will be writing “Thinking of You” inside the card. I will be visiting a local nursing home two times a year to give out the cards. Every year, the Laugh at cancer Support community staff and I will be picking a new nursing home to visit. This will allow us to cheer up patients, who generally don’t get visitors or cards.

 

Meet Us On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wings-of-Hope-Project/409786859106494