“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.”
It’s finally here! December, the season for giving and reflecting on all the gifts we have received over the past year. That is why this December, through our Give A Sh*t program, we wanted to find a charity that was focused on children and making their holiday a little brighter. We are partnering with Shadow Buddies this month and 15% of your purchase will be going towards helping children with ostomies find a friend just like them.
History of Shadow Buddies
Inspired by her son who wanted a friend “just like me”; Marty Postlethwait founded the Shadow Buddies Foundation in September of 1995. Miles, her son, was born with multiple congenital birth defects that had him in and out of the hospital since he was born. During one of his many hospital stays, Miles told his mom and dad that he wanted a “buddy” that had defects similar to his that could help ease his feelings of loneliness and fear. So Marty took action and with the help of Miles, developed the first Shadow Buddy. Shadow Buddies are condition specific muslin dolls that provide both educational and emotional support to thousands of chronically ill patients and their families. They chose to call them Shadow Buddies because just like your shadow, these buddies will always be by your side. And what started with 4 Shadow Buddies has now grown to include 25 condition specific buddies that bring smiles to children in all 50 states and 16 countries. Each buddy is dressed, packaged and shipped (with love!) from the foundation offices located in Lenexa, Kansas.
The mission of the Shadow Buddies Foundationis to provide emotional support through education regarding illness, disability, or medical treatments. The foundation accomplishes this mainly through unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults and increase compassion and understanding of differences. In pursuit of that mission, the foundation will continually raise funds, develop new programs, and build relationships between organizations with complimentary goals.
Shadow Buddies are condition-specific dolls designed to be a friend “just like me” for seriously ill or medically challenged children. The Buddies not only provide comfort to the ill child, but also provide physicians a hands-on method of educating newly diagnosed children and their families about a particular disease or medical condition and its treatment.
Shadow Buddies are also a unique form of play therapy. The Buddies remain with the child throughout their treatment, providing long-term psychological support. Each Buddy wears a smile on its face and has heart eyes for love. Their goal is to help these children view themselves in a positive manner.
How You Can Help
- 15% of Awestomy purchases this month will be donated
- You can also send donations directly to:
Shadow Buddies Foundation
14700 West 107th Street, Suite 100
Lenexa, Kansas, USA 66215.