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Compassionate Giving


For only $10 you can give a gift to someone in need! Or, if you’re feeling generous, you can give more, in multiples of $10!

What are the worst days of your life? These people didn’t have to guess:

“Officer down!” echoed on the radio. Jared MacDonald, a 42-year-old policeman, was shot in the back. The bullet nicked his spine and left his foot and leg in unbearable pain.

Jack, the eldest of three brothers, age 9, had a sarcoma tumor in his femur. To save his life, his leg was amputated.

56-year-old Julie had a stroke and was on the floor for three-and-a-half days. When she was taken to the hospital, most of the left side of her brain was dead.

These were the stories of people I met while I was a patient at Spaulding Rehab Hospital, four years ago. I was the one with the stroke, and I can tell you that an unlooked-for gift can make a huge difference at this point in a person’s recovery! A total stranger, standing by the hospital elevators, had armloads of teddy bears  when I was there. He gave me a 2-foot  bear, and the wonder and hope I felt were incredible! 

So now, I’m the one with the teddy bears! Your $10 will give a gift (at cost—there’s no profit made) to a patient at Spaulding. The gifts are a combination of the stuffed animals on this site, the books I’ve published, and a fine collection of cards and envelopes (and stamps!) so patients can write to loved ones, and stay in touch!

I’ll visit Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital once a month with the Compassionate Gifts you’ve bought and give them, with an encouraging word, to the patients there. Give a gift, touch a life!

Give often and give generously!


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