Family Bible Church Junior High Service Project

On Tuesday, September 27 the Junior High Youth from Family Bible Church in Marshall, MI helped pack food and toiletry care packages for our Hospital Care Package Project!

Family Bible Church Junior High Service Project

In 1/2 hour, this amazing group of teens packed 160 food care packages to bring to Sparrow Hospital, and 180 toiletry care packages for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Bronson Children’s Hospital, and Hurley Medical Center!

Each food care package contains a bottle of water, a granola bar, a pack of crackers or rice crispy treat, and of course chocolate!  The toiletry care packages provide a wide range of personal hygiene products including shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste.  To learn more about our Hospital Care Package Project, including information on donating to our mission, click HERE.

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THANK YOU to our COO Jen Popovits for organizing this service project and for getting these kids FIRED UP about serving their community!

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THANK YOU for supporting Princess Alli Foundation!

Family Bible Church Junior High Service Project

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2016 Sparrow Children’s Miracle Network Telethon

We were proud to volunteer at the 2016 Sparrow Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, which was held on June 3rd and 4th at the Sparrow Professional Building in Lansing, MI.  This was our 2nd year being a part of the Telethon!

Here are a few pictures from the event:

2016 Sparrow Children's Miracle Network Telethon
A view of the stage from the Live audience!
2016 Sparrow Children's Miracle Network Telethon
Sparty was excited to learn about our Care Package Project! Go Green!
2016 Sparrow Children's Miracle Network Telethon
It was an honor to meet Sparrow’s CEO, Mr. Dennis Swan, at the Telethon!
2016 Sparrow Children's Miracle Network Telethon
We were thrilled to be interviewed about our Care Package Project during the Telethon, and just as excited to be able to sneak an extra delivery in to our PICU friends!

The Telethon was a huge success, raising over $868,000 for Sparrow’s Children Center!  Great work everyone!

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Press Release: 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge

May 18, 2016 

PRINCESS ALLI FOUNDATION JOINS THE 2016 ART VAN CHARITY CHARITY CHALLENGE 4 ON CROWDRISE

Help Princess Alli Foundation win $100,000 by donating to its CrowdRise campaign  Olivet, MI – Princess Alli Foundation has joined the 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge, a fundraising competition on CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good. For the third year in a row, Art Van Furniture is sponsoring a CrowdRise Challenge and is donating over $300,000 in prize money to organizations supporting children, health and human services in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Princess Alli Foundation has joined the Challenge on CrowdRise in hopes of raising money to support its hospital care package project and make expansion to other Michigan children’s centers possible.

Says Melanie Russcher, Founder & CEO of Princess Alli Foundation: “We are thrilled to be a part of the Charity Challenge this year to help us raise funds for our programs and also because of the opportunity to spread the word about our mission to support families.

The 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge launches on CrowdRise on May 18th at 12pm ET and runs through June 22nd at 1:59:59pm ET. The team that raises the most during the Challenge wins $100,000 and 2nd-10th place prizes can win $1,500-$50,000. Weekly Bonus Challenges enable charities to win up to another $75,000.  CrowdRise Challenges are innovative fundraising competitions for charitable organizations designed to build capacity, create massive engagement and leverage, and use the power of the crowd to provide new meaningful funding streams for organizations in every sector.  To help Princess Alli Foundation win the 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge head to https://www.crowdrise.com/princessallifoundation

ABOUT PRINCESS ALLI FOUNDATION Princess Alli Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was founded in April 2015 to support the families of children with illnesses in memory of Allison Ruth Russcher. Since first beginning its Care Package Project in 2015, the Olivet, MI based nonprofit has provided more than 2,500 food and toiletry care packages to pediatric families at Sparrow Hospital and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Funds raised during the Art Van Charity Challenge will help expand its Care Package Project to other Michigan hospitals.

ABOUT ART VAN FURNITURE Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 100 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.

ABOUT CROWDRISE CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise is used by millions of individuals, tens of thousands of charities, hundreds of companies and many of the most famous artists and athletes in the world to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd and raise hundreds of millions of dollars to support positive social missions.  Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised over $250 million to date. For more information, visit CrowdRise.com.

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Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation

Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation

After Alli passed away in January 2015 we knew that we needed to find a way to honor her memory and help other families that were fighting for their sick children. It was one year ago this week that I presented the idea of a memorial foundation for our sweet daughter to a small group of friends and family, and we set in motion plans to begin bringing care packages to Sparrow Health System just a couple of short weeks later.

We are quickly approaching the first week of May and the anniversary of that first delivery and plan to celebrate it with the delivery of our 2,500th care package! I can hardly believe how much of an impact we have been able to have in just a year!

THANK YOU to all of you that have donated towards our care package project, our start-up fund, or our holiday campaign! THANK YOU to the crafters, the post forwarders, the FB likers, and the prayer warriors! We couldn’t have done any of this without you! Thank you for helping us build Allison’s legacy!

Happy Anniversary Princess Alli Foundation! Here’s to an exciting 2nd Year!

‪#‎forAlli‬ ‪#‎LegacyofLove‬ ‪#‎PrincessAlliFoundation‬ ‪#‎carepackages‬

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PRESS RELEASE: Princess Alli Foundation to deliver 160 care packages to Sparrow Hospital this Thanksgiving

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Princess Alli Foundation to deliver 160 care packages to Sparrow Hospital this Thanksgiving

Lansing, MI – Princess Alli Foundation will be providing care packages to 160 pediatric families at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI this Thanksgiving weekend. Each care package will provide much-needed food and toiletry items to caregivers, which typically includes one or both of the parents of the patient, to ensure their basic nutrition and hygiene needs are met.

Says Melanie Russcher, Founder and CEO of Princess Alli Foundation: “It is not uncommon for caregivers to remain at the bedside of their child for the duration of their hospital stay, more often than not missing meals. We are happy to partner with the community to ensure these families are taken care of this holiday season.” Sponsors for this year’s event include Meijer of Charlotte, MI, Katranji Hand Clinic of East Lansing, MI, and Flushing United Methodist Church of Flushing, MI.

Princess Alli Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was founded in April 2015 to support the families of children with illnesses in memory of Allison Ruth Russcher. Since first beginning its Care Package Project in May, the Olivet, MI based nonprofit has provided more than 1,100 food and toiletry care packages to pediatric families at Sparrow Hospital. It is currently raising funds to expand its services to the families of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI by early 2016.

You can find out more information at PrincessAlliFoundation.org

Address:              Princess Alli Foundation, PO Box 76, Olivet, MI 49076

Tel: 616-405-6121

Email: princessallifoundation@gmail.com

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Princess Alli Foundation Is Now On AmazonSmile!

Princess Alli Foundation is now on AmazonSmile!

If you register your current shopping account with AmazonSmile, they will donate a portion of all of your purchases to the charity of your choice – all you have to do is shop Amazon!  The donations are made automatically by Amazon at no cost to you!

Helping us with AmazonSmile is easy!

  1. Add the Princess Alli Foundation to your Amazon account by clicking this link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-3846517
  2. When shopping, ALWAYS go type SMILE.AMAZON.COM (instead of Amazon.com) into your address bar!  You will see “Supporting: Princess Alli Foundation” under the Amazon search bar!

Princess Alli Foundation is now on AmazonSmile!

Don’t forget to share this link with your friends and family!

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to help the families of children with illnesses.  We could do this work without you, friends!

Click HERE for more ways you can help!

Learn more about AmazonSmile here: https://smile.amazon.com/about/ref=smi_ge_rl_lm_raas

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2015 Olivet Fireman’s Festival

The Princess Alli Foundation had an amazing time at the 2015 Olivet Fireman’s Festival!

Our goal for participating in this year’s festival was to raise awareness of our mission to support the families of children with illnesses in memory of Allison Ruth Russcher.  We were able to do so much more than that!

2015 Olivet Fireman's Festival

We are excited to announce that the generous people of Olivet helped us raise enough money to sponsor another day for our Holiday Care Package Campaign!  We are ecstatic to be one day closer to our goal of providing ELEVEN DAYS of extra-special holiday care packages to the families with inpatient children over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays!

2015 Olivet Fireman's Festival

THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by our booth to learn about the Princess Alli Foundation and our projects.  Thank you to those that purchased bracelets, drinks, and snacks from us – and even sent your friends our way to support us throughout the night!  Thank you for encouraging us and letting us share our amazing Allison with you.

And a big THANK YOU to the Olivet Firefighter’s Association for hosting such an amazing event!  We can’t wait to join you again next year!

2015 Olivet Fireman's Festival

Did we meet you at the festival?  We’d love to hear from you how we did!  Please feel free to comment below, and don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook to help spread our mission!

If you were unable to attend this year’s event but would still like to make a donation to help support families you can do so HERE.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you <3

Melanie Russcher

Alli’s Mom

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Progress! The First Two Months

The Princess Alli Foundation has made great progress in the first two months since it was formed!  Here’s an recap of what we’ve been up to:

On May 26, 2015 our Articles of Incorporation were accepted and filed by the State of Michigan, making the Princess Alli Foundation a registered nonprofit corporation.

In June we held our first official Board Meeting as a corporation and adopted our Bylaws and put our operational procedures in place.  This was a HUGE step towards our 501(c)(3) public charity classification.

We’ve spent countless hours DREAMING BIG – there are so many things we want to do to help the families of children with illnesses in Michigan – AND BEYOND!  One of these dreams, our Holiday Care Package campaign, was launched!

We opened our official online store front – you can check it out here!  Be sure to pick up a bracelet to help us raise much-needed funds!

We filed our 501(c)(3) application with the IRS!

Most importantly, since the beginning of May we have made seven care package deliveries to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI.

And to think – this Foundation that has already helped HUNDREDS of families was only a thought in mid-April!  None of this would be possible without the love and support we have received from YOU!  Thank you for helping us build Allison’s Legacy of Love.

Progress! The first two months

 

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The Life My Daughter Gave Me

The life my daughter gave me is one that I had been dreaming about for as long as I can remember.

I had always wanted to do something to make a difference.  As a young girl, I wanted to be a doctor to help people.  In High School, the thought of being a lawyer focusing on women’s issues was intriguing to me.  In College, I wanted to work with a nonprofit and change the world.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan – especially plans made in Elementary School.  I settled for a good job, my High School sweetheart, a comfortable life, a wonderful church family where we could volunteer.  In my heart I knew something was missing.  On days when work was stressful or I was feeling burned out, I would get a glimpse of that dream that I had packed away.  I busied myself with daily life.  Once, pregnancy hormones flaring, I told Steve that it was too late for me to do something incredible, but the kids: they would do great things.

Life doesn’t always go according to plan – especially plans made when you’re trying to be comfortable in an average life.

On March 12, 2014 we welcomed our beautiful daughter Allison into the world.  Allison was the incredible girl that I knew she would be.  She opened my eyes to the special needs community and the struggles that families face to try to help their children get (and stay!) healthy.  She taught me how to love like I had never loved before – even when loving meant my heart would be broken.  She taught me how important it is to reach out to people and help them in their journey – through our tubie shop Team Russcher, by volunteering my time on a larger scale, and now, through the Princess Alli Foundation.

The life my daughter gave me is an incredible one.  It is my dream – and her legacy.  And I could never thank her enough for showing me how to live it.

the life my daughter gave me

XO

Melanie

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Supporting Families: The First Two Weeks

It’s been two weeks since the Princess Alli Foundation began supporting families at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, MI.  What an amazing experience these first two weeks have been!

supporting families: the first two weeks
First care packages ready to go!

On May 6 we delivered our first 40 care packages.  Our RNICU families received water bottles, granola bars, peanuts, a pack of gum, and gel window clings to decorate the cribs and isolettes.  We also provided a basket full of toiletries for the moms that spend their days in the unit with their newborns.

PEDS and PICU families received granola bars, peanuts and gum in their bags.  Why the difference?  PEDS and PICU families have access to “pantries” that Sparrow Hospital generously stocks for them.  These pantries include crackers, juice, milk, and coffee, as well as easy access to ice and water.

supporting families: the first two weeks
Brae pulling his wagon full of goodies!

On May 13 we were able to provide another 40 care packages – completely stocked by donations! 

Our RNICU families received granola bars, cookies or crackers, mints, water bottles, and more cute clings this week, and we restocked the toiletry basket.

supporting families: the first two weeks
Adding treats!

PEDS an PICU families received granola bars and mints in their bags, and thanks to our generous donors, each family received a microwavable bowl of soup or mac and cheese to supplement a meal!

supporting families: the first two weeks
Care packages ready to go out on May 13!

In these first two weeks we have also been able to bring our website online, have filed our articles of incorporation with the State of Michigan, and have received our first feedback from the hospital.  It is amazing to see Allison’s legacy taking shape – we couldn’t do it without you.

Please keep your donations coming!  You are helping to make a big difference in the lives of these families!

Love,

Melanie

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