Jonathan’s Annual Toy Drive

heavenTwo things happened today which made me finally get off my butt and write this post. The first was that a co-worker from Hopewell e-mailed me about Jonathan’s Toy Drive. The second happened at home. I was cooking dinner and my daughter Jena comes into the kitchen. She says “Mom, do you have pockets?” I said no, why? She said because she wanted me to hear a song from my I-pod that she thought I would like. She typically listens to my I-pod. In fact, I don’t even know how to use the thing yet. Since I was cooking and moving around she wanted to put it


into my pocket so that I could move freely. I said I would listen it to later because I was busy. She was persistent and said “No, you need to listen to it now”. I put on the earphones and the song from Eric Clapton, Tears in Heaven played. For some odd reason, she thought I would like the song.

TEARS IN HEAVEN

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?

I’ll find my way
Through night and day,
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
Here in heaven.

Time can bring you down,
Time can bend your knees.
Time can break your heart,
Have you begging please, begging please.

Beyond the door,
There’s peace I’m sure,
And I know they’ll be no more
Tears in heaven.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?

I must be strong
And carry on,
‘Cause I know I don’t belong
Here in heaven.

I lost it. I started crying. I think Jonathan was trying to tell me to keep going. To never give up. I’ve got to tell you, since we partnered up with The Wishlist Network, it’s been very hard work to get donations. I ran garage sales during the summer to make some money. There are times when I want to just walk away. Say screw it, but a part of me just can’t let it go. Two years and 7 months of pain, of emotional ups and downs, crying, hoping, praying, watching my son be stuck like a pin cushion, endless hospital visits, countless operations, hearing him cry, and in the end still losing him. It would be easy for me to give up, but I vowed to not let Jonathan’s death just be another statistic. His life was hard, harder than most. He didn’t know how much of a strong force he was. He’s still going to make a difference, even though he’s in heaven now.

I read about a book called 29 gifts in 29 days. It’s about a women who is diagnosed with MS. She is angry beyond words and she’s talking to a friend one day and she says, what should I do. Her friend says, I want you to do something, give a gift to someone everyday for 29 days straight. It doesn’t have to be money, or materialistic. It can just be a helping hand or a compliment. She hears this and says, why should I give a gift when I’m the one who was just diagnosed with MS. Her friend says, sometimes to forget your problems and worries you need to help others and concentrate on their problem or how to make their lives better.

Look, I know the economy is bad right now. Times are hard and everyone is tightening their belts. If you feel like this, I can guarantee that a family whose child has cancer or any other serious illness feels it a million times more. I’m asking people to donate to Jonathan’s Toy Drive. I can guarantee that every toy or giftcard that is received goes straight to the kids. For Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, I will be flying into New Jersey December 4th and wll be there until December 14th. If you would like to donate please e-mail me. Lisayilee3@yahoo.com and put in the subject Jonathan’s Toy Drive.

For The Children’s Hospital here in Aurora, Colorado. Their requirements are a little bit more strict. They require that every child receive the same gift regardless of gender or age. I am asking for sponsors. I need to get 35 giftcards for $20 to Target. They must be to the same store. Please sponsor a child so that Christmas morning every child can receive a $20 giftcard to Target and a basket of candy.

Give a gift and you will see how good it feels and how our problems may not be as serious as others. Donate in memory of Jonathan, my son, who used to make his Christmas list in July.

Please forward this to as many friends, family, and co workers as you can. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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