Thursday, January 20, 2011

UPDATES ON FUNDRAISERS and other fun stuff

Due to my calendar on gmail not wanting to coroporate with me (it has a bad attitude) I will be posting fundraiser/event information here. You can also find us on Facebook (just put Reed's Relief in the search and it pops right up) we will also post on the events page.

Due to some issues with the venue we have had to postpone the event. We are currently working on finding a new venue and setting a new date. This will be a fantastic event! Check back soon for the update.

Located in the South Park Shops,
5217 Library Rd.
Bethel Park
Look for us in the tent!
Music will be provided by Heads Up, they will start playing around 8
There is NO cover for this event!!!!
We will have a Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle
Tickets will be available that night for the upcoming Beer Tasting (TBA)

We NEED people who can cut fabric/sew/crochet and/or knit! By taking on a new hospital (should be able to announce this VERY soon-sooo excited!) we are increasing from apx 250 packages a year to over 1000!!!! WE NEED HELP!!!!!! I have a fantastic team already working hard but they need help! BAD! If you are interested in helping please send me a message. Do your friends sew, crochet or knit? Ask them if they would like to help. We pride ourselves on providing handmade items, I know how much his blanket and teddy bear mean to me.

We are still running in Indianapolis at Clarian North and will be supporting at least 1 maybe 2 hospitals in Pittsburgh and there are talks of another chapter opening in Detroit! Volunteers are always needed, if you can't sew etc. but would like to be involved in helping bring smiles to families when they are few and far between please let me know.

Check back for updates on the Beer Tasting and if you are in the Pittsburgh area mark March 11 on your calendar!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

No. I am REALLY bad with this Blog thing....

Ok. WOW. I am awful with updates. I promise I will try to do better. It's can't take much! Let's see if I can give a run down of what is happening....
We have delivered over 150 Short Term & Long Term Packages
Bella's Baggies has some big plans but I can't say what at this point-but it's good :)
We are now living in Pittsburgh PA and love it. Reed's Relief will be coming to Pittsburgh VERY SOON!!!!! I can't tell you how excited about this I am. We are trying to keep things alive in Indy and with some great people supporting us back there I am sure it will happen. It would break my heart to see it leave Clairian North, that is home to us. They saved our baby and we can't thank them enough, plus I feel a special connection to the parents in that hospital. Not that I won't in Pittsburgh-but I know the inside of CN like I know my parents house.
You can now donate to Reed's Relief through the United Way/Payroll deduction! We have some big plans in the works and I can't wait to share them with everyone.

If you are interested in helping the Indy or Pittsburgh Chapter of Reed's Relief or are interested in opening your own chapter please contact me at
More soon!!!! (because I am going to get better at this!)


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

I am not very good at blogging! Sorry!

Hello from the front lines at Reed's Relief. There is so much to update on its kind of crazy!
Our first fundraiser went great. We have had a few since and most of them have gone really well. We are new at this and are learning as we go!

We have a couple of upcoming events that can be seen on our calendar at That's right we now have a website!!! Right before the Tijuana Flats night we had applied to the Create-A-Thon with Vision 3 Marketing. They take 24hours and do a marketing blitz on chosen non-profits and we were one of them!! They were amazing! (as you can see from our website) They designed our brochures, business cards, updated the logo, made an amazing poster, helped us with a slogan "Blanketing Families With Comfort" and wrote a press release. WOW! It was all donated to us. :)

Other very exciting tid-bits to share!
We set up our Pay Pal account so we can now take credit card donations. Bella's Baggies is ready to go once the Flu season is over and siblings are allowed back up in the NICU. We were nominated for a grant from Merck and received it! We won $1000!!!! We were nominated by another NICU mom from CN! (More on this family soon!) I have received a handful of very touching emails from parents who have received our goodies. Kelly, one of the moms is now heading up our Craft committee!!! I love having her and her family on our team! Her husband and two older kiddos are going to be helping as well! I love hearing from families, just knowing we made someone smile feels amazing and makes every thing we do for RR worth it.
Monica (Tony's mom) gave Reed a book for Christmas last year "You Are My Miracle". It is a very sweet book that we read A LOT! So randomly one night I emailed the author and just over a week later got a message back from the publisher that they would like to donate a book. Some people might say "just one?" but to us that is one more than we started with and that one book will bring a smile to one mom and dad who might not have smiled that day, or the day(s) before.

Today I had the pleasure of sitting with a current mom in the NICU. She and her husband have a tiny little guy. He was only 1lb 9oz when he was born. He is now just over 2lbs and fighting hard. They have a very long road ahead of them. Mom's eyes were tired, scared and puffy from the tears. My heart broke, it was like seeing myself all over again. After we talked I was fired up to do more. I know I can't take her pain away but just visiting, a friendly hug and small gifts to know she, her husband and little man are thought of are why we do what we do. She smiled, a lot and even laughed. I am ready to conquer the world and help all of the aching hearts that have a sick baby or child. Ok, so it will take some time but my mission is to bring RR to several hospitals and into even more hearts. I hope you will join in on my journey!! I can't do it alone!

Thank you again for all of your support. We would not be a success with out YOU!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

So much to update....

I am WAY behind on updating everyone on the exciting things going on here at Reed's Relief.

First and most important: We have received our 501 (c) (3) status from the IRS!!!! We are OFFICIAL!!!!!! I am glad one of my good friends (Angie) was at my house to share in the excitement and so I didn't have to jump around, scream and do my happy dance alone! This is HUGE for us. Now onto business!

We want to thank Always In Stitches for their very very very generous donation of hats and blankets!!!! I went in to get fabric for the bags (for the parents-btw they are going to be so stinking cute!) and walked out with 23 fleece blankets over 30 crocheted hats and 3 quilts. Never in my dreams did I see that one coming!!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! Check out their web site and their store, they have the cutest fabric!

Mark your calendars for JUNE 25th! Reed’s Relief is having our first fund raiser at Tijuana Flats on 96th Street. PLEASE bring in the flyer (the whole thing) for your chance to win one of three $20 gift cards to Tijuana Flats!!! (This also helps them track how many people we bring in-we have to show them we are worth the time and money!)
I hope to see a HUGE turn out!!!! If you have never been to Tijuana Flats it is fantastic. A great place for the whole family, staff is top notch, food is wonderful and the salsa bar is HOT HOT HOT! (this is the flyer for Tijuana Flats)

Friday, May 22, 2009

BIG announcement from Reed's Relief!

Reed’s Relief is very excited to announce our FIRST corporate sponsor! Zengin Media the fastest growing and most innovative digital signage solution available! Offering a unique channel strategy along with more traditional digital signage methods, Zengin Media provides the flexibility and technology to fit your digital signage needs. They are graciously giving a percentage of their proceeds to Reed’s Relief. We are so honored to have them on board with us and to know they want to help us in making a difference in the lives of the parents and children of the Intensive Care Unit.

Check them out at

Thank you to Zengin Media for your support!


We are in need of the following items:

Single Layer Fleece Blanket
Cotton Hat
Knit/crochet/quilted Blanket
Knit/crochet/quilted Hat
Taggie style Blankets
Burp cloths (with cute designs/ribbon etc)
Frames with Mats (frame size 8x10)
Infant Books
Childrens Books
Adult Books (no smut please!)
Reed's Rabbit (email for the pattern)

If you are interested in donating anything on the list please contact us at We appreciate any help you can give!

Thank you

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Welcome to Reed's Relief


I want to give you a run down on how we are going to use this site. As most of you know we have decided to start a Non-Profit organization to provide comfort and relief to the families and children in ICU. Due to the public nature of the Internet we are going to be removing last names and personal information. Our email address is if you would like to contact us.

Until we are up and running this will be where all information is going to be posted! We are currently talking to a couple of companies about websites and email systems.
If you have any suggestions on fundraising or would like to host your own fundraiser for Reed's Relief please email us. Because of you our organization is going to be successful!

Please note we have submitted our application to the IRS for our 501 (c) (3) status, it is our understanding that now that it is being processed any donations received will be considered deductible once we are approved. If you do make a donation we will send you a receipt once we get our application/status approved. (this process can take apx.6 months)

We are on Facebook under Causes: Reed's Relief we go!!!