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5 Inspirational Songs

Everyone needs encouragement and sometimes hope can come through music. Here are some 5 songs that may inspire you:

1. “Blessings” by Laura Story

2. “I Can Only Imagine” by Mercy Me

3. “Overcomer” by Mandisa

4. “Brave” by Sara Bareilles 

5. “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten 

What are some songs that encourage you when you need extra encouragement?

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Last Call for Summer Card Project!

The deadline for our card project is this Thursday, July 20. However, we will extend it if we get enough interest. We are asking people to make homemade cards for us to send to Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis – location nearby St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh for the families and children there along with thank you cards for the families to give to their child/children’s nurses. Click here for further details.

Thank you for all of your help!

We post new blogs every Monday at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), so be sure to follow our blog for updates. To see new and old posts, go to the “Must Read” page tab. You can also go search under archives. We post new YouTube videos every Friday at about 6 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

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HAM Highlights in 5 1/2 years!

Yesterday (July 9, 2017) marked 5 and 1/2 years since Hope Alive Ministry (HAM) was created. We have accomplished a lot in 5 and 1/2 years. 

Here are some highlights:

January 9, 2012: HAM’s FB page was created by our Founder, Bayley Paharik.

January 2013- April 2013: Honored children who passed away during that timeframe by posting their names on a Facebook event page. 

July 9, 2013: Hosted an online party via our Facebook page in honor of our 1 and 1/2 year anniversary of our Facebook page where we posted games like “Name This Tune”, “Bible Trivia”, etc. along with inspirational pictures/edits, music, and a video someone made about our mission. 

February 28, 2014: Hosted our 1st annual online Rare Disease Day Event via a Facebook event where we invited participants to post facts on rare diseases, inspirational music, pictures about rare diseases, acrostic poems with adjectives describing courageous children they follow, and honored children who passed away from a rare/undiagnosed disease.

January 9, 2014 – March 22, 2014: Hosted an online book club via this blog where we read 3 books; one book per month and then participated in an online discussion on the blog

November 21, 2014 and November 22, 2014: Organized our first in-person community event where we wrapped 50 shoeboxes filled with small toys, playing cards, fuzzy slipper socks, homemade cards and other fun items for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as part of a project with the social work club, “Project Hope” at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 

January 2015: Launched our “Hope in Art” project in honor of our 2nd anniversary of our Facebook page by sharing artwork from children on what hope meant to them on our FB page.

January 15, 2015: Featured in Catholic Accent – Greensburg, Pennsylvania Catholic Diocesan newspaper.

February 28, 2015: Hosted our 2nd annual Rare Disease Day Event through a Facebook event where we invited participants to post facts on rare diseases, inspirational music, pictures about rare diseases, acrostic poems with adjectives describing courageous children they follow, and first names of children who passed from a rare/undiagnosed disease.

September 12, 2015: Hosted our 1st “Wings of Hope: A Childhood Cancer Awareness Event” held at Saint Vincent Basilica Parish in Latrobe, Pennsylvania in their Assembly Room. We released butterflies and made cards for children with cancer (All cards were sent to Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL). We also awarded the Thinking of Nikki Foundation with our 1st “Wings of Hope Award” and collected donations for “Joy Jars” – a project of the Jessie Rees Foundation. “Joy Jars”are filled with small toys and other fun items and are sent to children battling cancer around the world. 

December 5, 2015: Featured on the “Parker J Cole Show“, an online radio talk show discussing Hope Alive Ministry. 

January 9, 2016: Hosted an online party via a Facebook event page to celebrate our 4th anniversary of our Facebook page where we had people post favorite memories of Hope Alive Ministry (HAM), favorite parts of HAM, suggestions for HAM, Q&A for HAM and encouraging words to families we support (e.g families facing life-threatening or chronic illnesses).

February 16-February 23, 2016: Organized a Leukodystrophy Awareness Slideshow – Social Media Campaign that encouraged people to share our Leukodystrophy Awareness Slideshow by joining our online Facebook event in order to raise awareness about Leukodystrophies.

February 29, 2016: Hosted our 3rd annual Rare Disease Day Event through a Facebook event where we invited participants to post facts on rare diseases, inspirational music, pictures about rare diseases, acrostic poems with adjectives describing courageous children they follow, and first names of children who passed from a rare/undiagnosed disease.

January 5, 2017: Featured on the “Parker J Cole Show”, an online radio talk show for the 2nd time. Click here to listen to the interview.

January 9 – January 30, 2017: Organized art supply drive to celebrate our 5th anniversary of our Facebook page where we collected art supplies for Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh

February 28, 2017: Hosted our 4th annual Rare Disease Day Event through a Facebook event where we invited participants to post facts on rare diseases, inspirational music, pictures about rare diseases, acrostic poems with adjectives describing courageous children they follow, honored children who passed away from a rare/undiagnosed disease and a Giveaway with items from Global Genes – a rare disease advocacy organization and Hope Alive Ministry t-shirts and items we donated.

We currently are in the process of becoming a non-profit organization. 

Right now, we are asking for people to make homemade cards to send to us for us to send to children and their families at Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh and Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis – location nearby St. Louis Children’s Hospital. More details here

We post new blogs every Monday at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), so be sure to follow our blog for updates. To see new and old posts, go to the “Must Read” page tab. You can also go search under archives.

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Twitter: @teamhopealive

Instagram: @hopealiveministry 

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Thank you for your support!

 

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Summer Card Project!

Do you like to make homemade cards? We are in need of thinking of you cards for children battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses and their families.

Here are the instructions:

1. Please avoid any religious messages since lots of people from different religions will receive the cards.  

2. Please avoid anything about sickness such as “I’m so sorry you are sick.” or “Get well soon.” A lot of these children have terminal illnesses and they want a card to cheer them up.

3. Keep the messages positive and hope filled!

 Be creative! You may use stickers and you may use a variety of stickers as the cards will go to little kids all the way up to teens. 

Please include your name on the envelope, so we know who to thank for the cards and put Hope Alive Ministry somewhere on the envelope. 

*You may use any paper you have, but we prefer cardstock since it’s better for mailing.

The cards will be sent to Ronald McDonald House of Pittsburgh and Ronald McDonald House of St. Louis nearby St. Louis Children’s Hospital to the families there. 

If you are interested in participating in this project, please use the “Contact Us” tab on this blog to get the address to send the cards to. Our Founder, Bayley Paharik, will receive and then mail out all the cards. 

The deadline to send cards is Thursday, July 20.

Thank you for all your help!

 

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Happy Belated Father’s Day 2017!

Yesterday was Father’s Day in the United States and Canada. We want to wish a Happy Belated Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, fathers-to-be, step fathers, and father-like figures! We especially want to remember fathers who have had a child/children pass away.

Happy Belated Father’s Day to you all!

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Summer Book Drive for HAM idea!

Since summer is just around the corner (June 21 in the Western Hemisphere), we are thinking of doing a summer book drive. We would collect new books for children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. Reading helps a child get their mind off their illness and cheers them up. All books would be mailed directly to us via an Amazon Wish List and then mailed to the children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the United States. We hope to collect about 500 books from newborn to teens. Please comment down below if you would be interested in purchasing books for our book drive. We will let you know if we decide to go through with it as well as more details. 

We post new blogs every Monday at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), so be sure to follow our blog for updates. To see new and old posts, go to the “Must Read” page tab. You can also go search under archives.

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Twitter: @teamhopealive

Instagram: @hopealiveministry 

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Thank you for your support!

 

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How to help families during summer!

Summer is just around the corner – June 21 in the western hemisphere. Summer is a time to unwind from the school year and to make memories. We sometimes have more time in the summer to do fun things. Families facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses need support in the summer and all year round. Here are 5 ways you can help them during the summer:

1. Make homemade cards – You or your kids if you have any can make homemade cards for children battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses. You can join our card program by sending cards every month to the same children or when they need extra cheering up. Click here to sign up to be a monthly card sender. Click here to sign up to send when children need extra cheering up. You can also send us cards that we will send to Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh this summer. Fill out the “Contact Form” on this blog to get our address. 

2. If you have the money, donate money for a family to be able to attend camps or conferences. Camps and conferences for families dealing with similar challenges can help these families feel like they belong. However, sometimes the organization doesn’t provide transportation, so you can pay a little or sometimes the family sells t-shirts to help with the additional costs. If you can’t afford to donate, you can at least share their link. 

3. Go to the library with your children and read books about children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses. By learning about children who are going through challenges, children can learn compassion. You can then share that you taught your children about kids like theirs with the family by posting on their Facebook page. This means a lot to these families since it showed you took time to care and educate your children. 

4. Pray for these families – Light a candle at church. 

5. Share their story with your children and/or with your friends. Children at a young age can learn compassion from learning about these amazing children and their families. You can help them to draw pictures to send to these children. Showing you care means the world to these families.

*These ideas can be used throughout the year, but you may have more time to do them during the summer while the kids are out of school.

We hope you have a great summer! 

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Happy Memorial Day 2017!

We want to wish all of our supporters in the United States a Happy Memorial Day today!

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died in active military service. 

If you honor Memorial Day, please let us know in the comments below how you honor it. 

We hope those not in the United States have a nice day as well!

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Source: http://northdelawhere.happeningmag.com/whats-happening-memorial-day-weekend-2016

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Celiac Awareness Month

May is Celiac Awareness Month. Celiac Disease is “a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.” (Source: Celiac Disease Foundation)

Since we focus on children battling life-threatening and chronic illnesses, we want to show how children are affected by Celiac Disease.

Below is a fact:

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Photo credit: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/celiac-disease-in-children/

 

Celiac Disease affects all ages and symptoms are different in children than adults. Also, everyone is affected with Celiac Disease differently. If you suspect you or your child has Celiacs, please consult your doctor.

If you are affected by Celiac Disease and want to share your story with us, feel free to contact us under the “Contact Us” page tab. We would love to hear from you! 

We post new blogs every Monday at 8 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST), so be sure to follow our blog for updates. To see new and old posts, go to the “Must Read” page tab. You can also go search under archives.

Hope Alive Ministry Social Media:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/HopeAliveMinistry

Twitter: @teamhopealive

Instagram: @hopealiveministry 

YouTube: http://bit.ly/2of8Ni4 

Thank you for your support!