September 15, 2020
This past March we announced the cancellation of our Leading Ladies Luncheon and the Mother’s Day Makeover due to the ongoing pandemic. Since then, we’ve been busy and we wanted to give you all an update on how we here at the Daisie Foundation are not only adapting our activities to meet current health and safety protocols, but also expanding our efforts into new areas to make more of a difference than ever before.
On May 6, in lieu of our usual Mother’s Day Makeover, we distributed 540 gifts to deserving moms working on the front lines of the pandemic at Roseland Hospital, Jackson Park Hospital, and La Rabida Children’s Hospital. On May 8, we distributed 260 customized toiletry items and gifts at Primo Center for Women and Children in Englewood and La Casa Norte Shelter in Humboldt Park. All gifts and toiletry items were generously donated courtesy of our partner Sugafina and the Daisie Foundation Executive Board.
But we didn’t stop there. We have more exciting events planned for the remainder of the year!
First, on September 27, we will pivot from our usual quarterly in-person Leading Ladies Panel Series event by hosting a virtual gathering with the goal of addressing the challenges posed by this difficult time through supportive conversation with one another. So rather than covering career-oriented topics as we usually do on our panel series, the focus of this discussion will be on personal growth, inspiring others, the female experience, overcoming adversity, and the importance of generosity and service.
Finally, this upcoming holiday season we’re going back to our roots to transform our Holiday Outreach Initiative into a new mission we’re calling Random Acts of Kindness. Daisie will visit seven deserving neighborhoods in both Chicago and Houston to spread holiday cheer and surprise residents with ten random acts of kindness in ten days. Our volunteers will drop into stores or gas stations to pay for the groceries or gasoline of those in need, gift essential items to deserving families at women’s shelters and toys to children in hospitals and foster homes, arrange Secret Santa pop-ups at retail outlets, and more. These efforts will allow us to increase our community engagement while following social distancing guidelines. We’re especially excited to extend our mission beyond Chicago for the first time to make a difference in Houston as well!
In these uncertain times, our mission of service to mothers, children, and communities that lack access to critical resources is as important now as it has ever been, and we remain committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Thank you for your continued support of the Daisie Foundation and the work that we do.
The Daisie Foundation Team