Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are the icing on our cake! We receive a smattering of notes, photos, and emails from the kiddos who received our arts and craft activities, from their parents, and from hospital staff members. They always put smiles on our faces.

Had to take my 3 yr old to the hospital for some stitches in her knee after a fall and was greeted with a Coping Kit from Caitlin’s Smiles. She loved having a distraction while we waited. Thank you so much.

- Farrah

Hello, I wanted to send these photos of my daughter, Riot, enjoying the activities you helped provide. She was so excited to have something to do while we waited for answers. It's an absolutely lovely idea and helped ease her mind and boredom. Thank you so much! Jenna & Riot

- Jenna & Riot

Thank You!

- Taemas

To All Volunteers Thank you very much for the gift package given to my granddaughterat Jamaica Hospital in New York. It made her smile and she loves drawing so all the gifts were very thoughtful and kind. Thank you very much. Have a wonderful day.

- Nancy

Thank you so much for everything, she loved it! She received her bag at Lehigh Valley Hospital.

- Katherine

"Thank you very much! We love this idea for kids in the hospital." #SendingSmiles to Charley and all the kids at Reading (PA) Hospital #WithYourHelp

- Shelley

Thank you for the wonderful crafts! They have made Ellie’s stay at the hospital so much better😊

- Sandy

We are in the UPMC hospital of Altoona with my daughter after she got hurt and she absolutely loves the kit you have provided and she is feeling great.

- Clayton

Chasen wanted to thank you so much for the bag!

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"This was a day brightener for my daughter Taylor when she was in the hospital- God bless your efforts!"

- Tom

Langdon sends his thank you to everyone who helps to send smiles to kids like him!

- Mom

My son loves this special gift.

- Stefani

Thank you, my little boy loves it!

- Gloria

Thank you so much for the bag of smiles! My daughter was so excited to receive this with much of her favorite things inside!

- Devyn

My son was lucky enough to receive one of your care packages from St. Lukes Bethlehem today. We want to pay it forward so other kids get this same positive blessing! Thank you.

- Beth

The foam stickers are a hit!

- Erin

Thank you for the bag. It really made her day!

- Erin

Thank you for the crafts. We received them from Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio while here for treatment in Columbus, Ohio. The turtle was my son's favorite. Nice distraction while in the hospital.

- Jody

Thanks for the bag!

- Kaden

On behalf of our hospitalized children and their families, thank you so much for your thoughtful contribution which provides medicine for their spirit. Child Life interventions facilitate coping and adjustment, reduce fear and anxiety, teach coping skils through developmental education, diversion, surgical support, medical tests and procedures with medical play and pediatric vocatulary. Thank you so much for the activity bags. Our toddlers loved them so much and we enjoyed doing them with them! We are so appreciated of the goodies!

- Child Life

Thank you for your donation of craft kits to Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and your support of our mission to provide community, comfort, and hope to families with seriously ill children. Wishlist donations enable RMHC Dayton to make a difference in the lives of thoursands of families each year and the demand for our services continues to grow. When they need it the most, families have a home-away-from-home when they are faced with critically ill, hospitalized babies and children. We know you have many options for your philandthropic giving. Thank you again for choosing to suppor the families served by RMHC Dayton.

- Rita

I just wanted to say thank you for the Caitlin's Smiles goody bags. I was in the ER yesterday with my 4 yo son, and my daughters (age 7 and 3) had to come along too. everything ended up fine, but we chose a very busy time to go to the ER< waiting hours. Your goody bags were a godsend to keep the kids entertained and happy. I looked up the story and was so touched. I'm sorry it ended the way it did for Caitlin but I love the story that was created from your experience, and seeing my 3 kids' smiles from the play dough and stickers and "my journal" made me imagine the hundreds and thousands of other smiles that came from this. thank you for sharing.

- Daria

Many thanks for the kit my daughter Ximena got at Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.

- Brenda

Thank you SO much from Malka! (She received a Bag of Smiles while staying at Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch NJ)

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A polite young lady called our office today about her recent experience in the hospital. She explained that she received a Bag of Smiles after her surgery while at Harlem Hospital in New York City. She said it meant a lot to her and that her favorite items were the art kits and the book.

- Karen

Thank you from Alex!

- Rebecca

I would like to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I had to pick up my 2 yr old Grandson from the babysitters due to running a high fever and take him to Urgent Care. They ran test on him and immediately told us ... that I needed to take him to the ER IMMEDIATELY. I left from there and took him to the ER with just he and I. I had absolutely nothing else I needed. They admitted him ... they had to start an IV to administer antibiotics. With this being said, this very hyperactive Autistic 2yr has to remain in his bed due to having an IV on a pump!! After the 1st night the nurse brought him in a little care package and he had a blast with all of the activities that were in there. The play dough was a Huge Hit. We made French fries and ate them, made flowers and picked them and all kinds of things for about 3 hours!! So thank you from the bottom of my heart for making our stay so much easier!! I am planning on taking this to our church ladies group and spread the word and maybe we can do things like this to make someone's day. May God add his blessings on you, and I will never forget what you have done for my sweet boy!! Thanks Again and God Bless!!

- Sherry

Thank you so much for the bag is smiles!! Your thoughtful act of kindness really did put a smile on my daughter's face. May God bless you tenfold!

- Kimberly

Thanks so much!! (At Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia)

- Brooke

My daughter, Mila, was hospitalized this past week. I wanted to take a moment to thank you so much for the bag of arts and crafts supplies that was given to us during her stay. My daughter's spirits were quite down and she desperately wanted to go home. We were feeling trapped inside the hospital room and the only thing I had to occupy her was an iPad, which she quickly lost interest in. When a woman came in and asked me what my daughter's interests were, I was thrilled when she told me she had some coloring materials for her. When I thought she was coming back with a coloring page and crayons, she gave us the most amazing bag filled with so many different arts and crafts. It was the highlight of my daughter's time at the hospital and brought the biggest smile to both of our faces. I felt such a sense of relief knowing she had an activity that she loved to do, just like Caitlin did, to keep her busy and bring her joy. Thank you ... so very much for the kind gesture and for organizing such an incredible foundation in honor of someone who sounded pretty amazing. We will never forget the bag of goodies she received and the joy it brought us.

- Alexandra

My son was so happy to have gotten this bag. My son's name is Jake and he is 7 years old. He wants to send a big THANK YOU! It made his day . Once again thank you for the Bag of Smiles.

- Leonela

We just wanted to say thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. My son was very anxious about his sedated test and this helped calm him down.

- Danielle

Here’s my Caitlin’s smiles while having fun with your Caitlin’s Smiles kit!

- Colleen

We used your turtle weaving kit from Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia today. Came out pretty nice! Thank you kindly!

- Scott

We have just received your coping kits and are completely in love! We are so excited to use these for our patients to provide support, coping, and being able to easily establish rapport. Thank you for all you do!

- Jordana, Staten Island University Hospital

She says, "Thank you for the gifts!"

- Shakeila

It was the first time being admitted to the hospital for this young fellow. He says, "Thank you!" Caitlin's Smiles provides activities to help kids cope and have a little bit of normalcy while dealing with stressful medical situations.

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My young child is in the ER right now and received one of your bags. Thank you so much, they are so sweet and thoughtful. They helped her take her medicine and stay calm and happy. She squeezed the playdoh when she was getting medicine, watched me color as we waited, and is playing with the stickers and bookmark now. Thank you so much,

- Amanda

Thank you so much for your work. My son immediately coloured in his book and the dinosaur hasn’t left his side. We came in after fighting a stomach virus for 4 days and not being able to stay hydrated. He was very sad and wouldn’t smile. When our nurse came in with the bag of toys and stickers, he immediately lit up. Thank you so much!

- Nicole

Thank you SO MUCH for the gift bag. My son receives infusions every 12 weeks and He was so excited when he was given this upon arrival. Bless you!!

- Alysia

My son James is in the hospital with influenza A. Your gift bag made his day! He especially loved the necklace and bookmark crafts. Thank you so much for what you do. It’s truly amazing.

- Bethany

Thanks for your gifts and the 'Roll a Monster' game as he awaits surgery for his broken arm!

- Nicholas

Thank you!

- Judi

Our daughter, Lyla, was a recipient of one of your art/toys kits while she was at Cleveland Clinic for her scans. She was so excited and hasn’t stopped playing with the items in that bag since she got it!

- Mark

Thank you for the sweet bag. My daughter was very scared and sad and your bag made her feel better!

- Chelle

Yailiz and I have decided to volunteer at Caitlin’s Smiles after receiving a bag of art goodies while in the ER waiting to be seen. It was not ideal to have to visit the ER, yet the gift brought smiles to our faces! We were both surprised and after learning more about Caitlin’s Smiles decided to become part of the cause. Yailiz loves art and is very good at it. She also loves helping people. We are honored to help contribute to smiling faces.

- Marie

This is a wonderful bag of goodies! Trey was very excited about the Star Wars stickers! Thank you very much for your kindness.

- Marc

Thank you for the bag of Smiles! Hannah loves Everything!!

- Ashley

I took my daughter to ER today, they gave her a Smile Bag, she was so happy, thank you so much for this wonderful thing you are doing.

- Carolina

Our son recently was in critical care. He received a playdoh toy and Bag of Smiles with art activities from your organization that made his stay fun and gave him comfort. Thank you so much for providing him with this activity bag.

- Julie

Thank you so much for the wonderful gift bag that you made for Hillcrest Hospital (Cleveland). My son was there last weekend with the stomach flu and it really cheered him up. We are still enjoying the crafts even at home! That was so nice and thoughtful of you!!!

- Amy

Thank you for your gift bag! My daughter enjoyed it.

- Kelly

Hope these supplies help your amazing organization! We learned about you recently when my friend's daughter was admitted to Johns Hopkins for cancer treatment. She is so appreciative of the crafts to keep spirits up!

- Jessica

Sending Smiles to hospitalized kids like this little guy.

- Myra

Thank you so much for the amazing and wonderful gifts!!! She can’t wait to do the hemp keychain and the personal note was beautiful. Destiny had surgery yesterday. She is in the pediatric unit at Wellspan York Hospital. Thank you for everything that you do. Such a wonderful surprise and gift :)

- Amanda

Thank you!

- Lex

Thank you so much for the gift bag. Yailiz was very surprised and happy to have received the goodies. She loves to create art! Just wanted to send a pic and say thank you for putting a smile on her face!

- Yaitza

Hi, we're staying at the RMH and found one of your craft kits. I wanted to say THANK YOU! 😊 It sure brightened her day. I appreciate what you do! Best regards,

- Renee and Addie

Thank you so much for making her smile.

- Sherrie

It was wonderful to have your kit to distract and cheer her up. Hello! I want to thank you for the emergency room necklace kit you put together for Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. We unexpectedly found ourselves there when my two-year-old got sick last weekend. She had to get so many needle pricks while she was there. It was wonderful to have your kit to distract and cheer her up. Thank you for your compassionate service to my daughter and our family! God Bless!

- Meg and Luci

That care package totally made our night so much easier. My name is Maxine and I just had to take my son to (St. Luke's) Miners Campus er for an infection, not a fun time but what did make it so much easier was that care package totally made our night so much easier. Its people like you who make the world special. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ♥️

- Maxine

Ella & Eve, stopped by Smiles Central to pick up some Bags of Smiles. These adorable twins, Ella & Eve, stopped by Smiles Central to pick up some Bags of Smiles to keep them busy at ongoing appointments at CHOP and Wills Eye Institute, and during their isolation period at home. These cuties can’t risk getting colds, flus or Covid during their treatment.

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Thank you so much! He is not feeling good for a picture but does love his teddy bear.

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Thank you so much for the crafts! Liliana loved them while inpatient at Albany Med!

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Our daughter, Natalie, was so happy to receive a gift during her stay in the peds unit! It was great to have something to make her feel at home. We want to pass that gift to other families and provide them some comfort during their time of need.

- Jamie

I just wanted to say thank you for creating these wonderful Coping Kits. I just wanted to say thank you for creating these wonderful Coping Kits. My daughter (Toni-Elizabeth, 3 years old) was recently in the hospital two separate times, and each time the nurse gave her one of your kits. It really really brightened her time there in the midst of not feeling well. She enjoyed playing with the playdoh, coloring, and especially loved all of the wonderful stickers. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Stay safe and be well,

- Wendy

My daughter got her first covid vaccine yesterday at a Geisinger facility in Danville. After she was done, she was told that she could pick a prize from their prize box. When we were in the waiting area, she was so happy when she pulled out all the wonderful things from your organization. She especially LOVED the handwritten card that said "You are a star!" How fitting for her. She was very upset and anxious to get her vaccine. The smile on her face after reading that really made her day. I simply wanted to thank you for the goody bags that were sent to the vaccine clinic. They certainly put a SMILE on all the children's faces. I hope you have a great week!

- Angie

Thank you for the thoughtful gift! Our son has been in the ER since Sunday night. EJ is two years old and he loves to color. Thank you again!

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She loves crafting and your kits brightened her day! Hello! My daughter had surgery at Cincinnati Children’s over Thanksgiving, and we stayed at the Ronald McDonald house (we live in NC). We found some of your crafts there and wanted to share. Thank you SO much! She loves crafting and your kits brightened her day! Thank you!

- Tiffany

Thank you so much!

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Thank you very much for his Bag of Smiles. Thank you very much for his Bag of Smiles. He got very excited once he saw it. Sending Smiles to Luis and pediatric patients at Breidegam Family Children’s Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.

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Thank you so much!! It made me so happy.

- Dana

I want to thank you for the wonderful gifts you gave me and made me smile. Hi, my name is Alondra and I want to thank you for the wonderful gifts you gave me and made me smile. That moment was the nicest thing that happened to me in my entire day and made me smile. Thank you so much.

- Alondra

Matthew sent a beautiful smile from Harrisburg Hospital!

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I just wanted to thank you and the Caitlin's Smiles team!!! I am so appreciative of the Bags of Smiles that you send to our patients at Harlem Hospital. They have just the perfect amount of activities to keep our patients engaged. When I present them with your bag, their eyes immediately get wide and they can't wait to see what's inside! The most recent donation had stuffed animals! What a surprise! The stuffed animals have already received so many hugs! Thank you for all you do and I am so appreciative of Caitlin's Smiles!

- Ivana

My 9-year-old was so happy for the bag and says thanks.

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Thank you for the Bag of Smiles! It really made my daughter's day when she was admitted to the hospital.

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Thanks a bunch!

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Thank you very much!

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This bag of goodies made his day. Thank you.

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Kynzlee enjoyed the smile bag!

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Thank you for this thoughtful gift bag! Grayson was so thrilled and it certainly brought big smiles to his face. The world needs more people like you! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless!

- Grayson's Family

Big Thanks!

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Thank you so much for the activity bag my daughter received at York Hospital after her surgery! We went in Friday to the emergency department not prepared to stay for the evening for an emergency surgery so this was very well appreciated as we were not prepared in any way! ❤️ Many thanks for saving the day!

- Kelly

We want to say thank you for your thoughtfulness and care in preparing kits for children hospitalized at CHOP. This was a delightful blessing for my 2 1/2 year old son who had surgery and 5 days in the hospital. It was something fun and different that brightened his day. Thank you so much for taking the time and creativity to bless children and families this way.

- Love, The Earl Family

Thank you!

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My daughter was recently seen in the ER of Crozer Chester Medical Center (near Philadelphia). She will be 2 soon so needless to say finding things for an inquisitive child in a hospital ER room proves challenging. The nurse brought in one of your coping kits for her and it was such a savior! She played with the bookmark stickers, 'wrote' in the journal what I can only imagine were her trials and gripes of being in a hospital, and enjoyed the little maze toy. I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to volunteer to make these kits and please know they help more than you know. Take care and stay safe!

- Kim

Thank you for everything you do for these children. You definitely put a smile on my daughter's face.

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I just wanted to say thank you! My daughter was recently admitted at DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware) for 5 days and your organization brought her such joy during a difficult time. What you people are doing is amazing and thank you!!!

- Noel

Thank you! We just brought our bag home from the hospital.

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Thank you so much for caring for our little ones during most difficult time. We pack our hospital bag and book bag but he was so excited to receive a treat bag to color his favorite Ironman. Thank you again!

- Noah's Family

He loved your crafts! Thanks from 6-year-old Theo from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who is treated at Nationwide Children's in Columbus, Ohio.

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Here is our girl with her Bag of Smiles. This brought some much needed happiness to us all.

- The Meade Family

During our vacation, I had to take my daughter to the local hospital. It was a worrisome experience for us. I was so grateful for the Caitlin's Smiles packet the nurse gave us. From an art teacher & a three-year-old, thank you!

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I just wanted to say Thank You for the beautiful bag with crayons and coloring books. It made her stay at Lehigh Valley Hospital much better. My wife and I think you are all amazing.

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Dakotah with her Bag of Smiles.

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Thank you! Sending Smiles to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

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Thank You! Made this little boy happy!

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Sending Smiles to the kids at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Maryland.

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