Monday, December 28, 2009

Keeping the Spirit Alive

In years past, I have always had an "after Christmas lull", between Christmas & New Years. There was so much excitement surrounding Christmas, especially once we had children, but when the day was over there was a real sense of the BLAH'S. This year has been completely different.

I have felt a tangible shift in all areas of my life in the last year & especially in the last few months. I know that Operation RHYSpirit has had much to do with that. It is so easy to have an attitude of gratitude when there really is so much to be thankful for. Every where around me, there are reasons to be grateful; from the simple things like the sunshine on my face or the diamonds in the snow after a fresh snowfall, to big things like my childrens health & the true love of my husband. With so much busy-ness in our world, it is easy to forget to slow down & smell the roses, or to be silly & dance in the rain, but it is in those things that we truly LIVE.

It has been a fabulous Christmas, I am looking forward to 2010 & the most incredible gift I received this year was in realizing that I am one of the luckiest people I know. And I plan to make time every single day to remember that by being grateful.

Happy Holidays to All!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Real Hero's

I don't know if it is just the close proximity to Christmas, or if my big, mushy heart has expanded tenfold in the last month, but I have been absolutely overwhelmed with the response to Operation RHYSpirit. The people who work with the children's oncology units have been nothing short of amazing; next to the kids themselves, these people are REAL hero's. I cannot imagine a job as difficult, yet so completely rewarding as working with sick kids every day & yet they'll still give you 100% of their attention to outside projects such as ours.

In a short time through phone calls & emails, I have been given a glimpse into a completely different world from which I live, one filled with pain & sadness, but endless strength & a real sense of HOPE. I could not do their job, I know that without a doubt, but I am so grateful there are so many people who can & do, and do it with all of their hearts.

I have been hugging my kids a little tighter since beginning this project, saying "I love you" more often, even enjoying the frigid cold winter air on my face every chance I get; simply enjoying LIFE more. Who knew that a "giving back" project would actually end up being such a gift to my own life.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Operation RHYSpirit

We are thrilled to announce our donation of Baby Rhys Bandana Hats for the precious children enduring cancer treatment in our country. What began for us as a small, local charitable idea has proudly expanded to a CANADA WIDE project!

Operation RHYSpirit

You’ll see that we have given a name to our project & we are happy with the multiple meanings it represents. “Rhys” (pronounced Reece) is the name of our President/CEO’s first child & the namesake of our company; so it’s fitting that he should continue to be the inspiration behind our donation. In addition the project is pronounced as “RE-spirit”. Although not a conventional English dictionary word, it implies a giving back to the spirit.

SPIRIT was the very first word that came to our mind when thinking of children; we should all be so blessed to have as much spirit as the sick children who are helped in our hospitals every day.

As mothers of young children ourselves, this project is so close to our hearts. Although we have thankfully never needed the services these hospitals provide & hope to never have to, we remain fully committed to making a difference in this field no matter how small.

We hope that the bright colors of our hats will brighten these brave childrens lives during their most difficult fight & that someday in the not too distant future, cancer will be a thing of the past.

With Warm Hearts,

Pam Liyanage, President/CEO
Kristen Ferguson, Marketing Director

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