December 4, 2015 First Friday (Hugs)

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We want to thank everyone who helped make our Trike the Troops event for the month of November a huge success!

Trike the Troops 2015

We were able to send over 40 gallons of treats, 144 each of toothbrushes, paste and floss and 200 cards to the USAF airmen stationed in Qatar. We hope to share a photo as soon as we get military clearance.



It’s hard to believe that December is here again. This is the month that marks the darkest days for our 2 families. The Griffith family lost Megan 7 years ago on the 10th and the Friedler’s lost Henry just 2 years on the 20th.


Both our families have made the conscious choice to honor their lives by sharing kindness with others. There is healing in the simple act of making someone else smile…even for just a moment. But we need your help during this difficult month to lift our spirits by spreading as much love and joy as possible. The following story will introduce our kindness theme and is written by Henry’s mom, Marla.


Every night after we tucked the boys into bed, both Owen and Henry would call us back in for one more “hug and kiss.” I remember many nights, after we had gone downstairs, Owen would sleepily come down the stairs to tell us Henry needed one more hug.


I’ll admit there were times that after a few extra hugs we would tell him no more. But now, I sure do miss those hugs. I miss him yelling after us, “love you to the moon…and back!!” I miss holding him and feeling his arms around me.


I miss joking that his hugs were so tight I couldn’t breathe. I miss Henry hugs.


Owen and I hug…a lot. His hugs make my heart smile. I hug him so tight that occasionally he tells me through laughter “you’re breaking my bones.”


 Owen gives “super famous hugs” so tight you don’t have to hug him back…he’s just stuck to you.


 I love hugs. They are spreading love from one to another. A simple act that means so much.


So our kindness theme for the month of December is quite simple:


Then could you please brighten our day and make our hearts smile by posting a photo of your hug on our Facebook page or on Instagram with the tag #hugs4joy2015. To help the cause we have an anonymous donor who will give our nonprofit $1 for every photo posted (up to $500). We did this last year and it was a great success. Money was raised and spirits were lifted. Spread the joy and share our site and our story with your family and friends.


With each and every hug you help us keep Henry’s tricycle of kindness rolling.


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