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

To volunteer with your group, please Contact Us!

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US CuddleCot Campaign Initiative

US Cuddle Cot Campaign Initiative

We are humbled and honored to announce our participation in the US CuddleCot Campaign Initiative, a grant writing campaign organized and led by Stories of Babies Born Still (S.O.B.B.S.).

US Cuddle Cot Campaign Initiative

From the Campaign’s Facebook Page:

From the founder of SOBBS and as a mother of a stillborn child thank you so much for taking the time to review the information on the CuddleCot. 

For those not familiar with the unit a CuddleCot is an in room cooling unit that is the size of a small humidifier disguised inside of a Moses basket. Research has proven having a unit available to parents while they are in the hospital encourages families to spend time with their baby. This gift of time allows precious hours for bonding, pictures, plaster molds to be taken and other family members to come and meet the baby before the natural changes that occur in death become more apparent. In addition the baby can now stay in the room with the family the entire hospital stay if the family so desires. While we know this might not be for everyone it does allow families a choice.

Choices become so important very, very important when it seems as if all are taken away and suddenly families go from planning a future to a funeral in the blink of an eye. Every moment spent is a precious gift and as a grieving parent you never know what your heart may need to continue its healing journey weeks, months or even years down the road. Across the board almost all the parents we spoke with wish they would have spent more time with their baby. All the parents who were offered used a CuddleCot are all are very grateful it was available to them. They credit its use as being a solid, healthy way to begin their mourning and grieving journey.”

-Lori Esteve 
SOBBS Founder
Mom of an Angel Creator
Wandering Purgatory Author 
US CuddleCot Campaign Initiator

By partnering with the US CuddleCot Campaign Initiative, Princess Alli Foundation hopes to help secure grants to purchase CuddleCots for Michigan Childrens Centers, in memory of our sweet Allison Ruth.  This Campaign is close to our hearts because access to a CuddleCot when Allison passed would have given us time with her that we were not able to have.  We want to give that gift of time to other families.

To learn more about Flexmort’s CuddleCots click HERE.

To support our CuddleCot Project with a tax deductible donation click HERE. Please put “CuddleCot” in the comments. 

If you are interested in volunteering with Princess Alli Foundation and our CuddleCot Project, or if you are interested in working with us to secure a grant for your hospital or children’s center, please fill out the following form and we will contact you!

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3000th Care Package

 

It’s a HUGE DAY at Princess Alli Foundation! Today we delivered our 3000th Care Package!

We are completely humbled by the amount of support we have received for our Care Package Project, and so so very thankful! We truly couldn’t have hit this milestone without each and every one of you coming along side us!

Here’s to 3000 more!

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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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To download this press release, click HERE.

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MUMC – Missions Cafe

THANK YOU! To the Youth and Congregation of Marshall United Methodist Church in Marshall, MI!
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This past Sunday the Youth Group opened their “Mission Cafe” and offered snacks and drinks by donation with the proceeds benefiting Princess Alli Foundation!  Their efforts not only raised enough funds to purchase our first Holiday Care Package Sponsorship, but also provide more than three weeks of food and toiletry care packages to Sparrow Health System!
 
In addition to fundraising, the Junior High Youth made “Busy Bags” full of kids activities for our inpatient friends. 
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Thank you for helping us support the families of children with illnesses! 
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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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Download a copy of this release HERE.

 

Copyright 2015 Princess Alli Foundation

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October 2015 Updates

Hello friends!  Here are our October 2015 Updates.  Please let us know if you would like to get involved!

  • We are so close to delivering our 1000th bag to Sparrow Hospital!  We are so excited to hit this milestone, and so very thankful for your help <3
  • Love Candles?  Get your Christmas shopping done early by shopping our Yankee Candle fundraiser!  The Yankee Candle Company will give the Princess Alli Foundation 40% of all sales through our fundraiser!   Get more information HERE.

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  • We are still accepting orders via our “online party” for Origami Owl jewelry!  The proceeds from your purchase will be generously donated back to the Princess Alli Foundation!  Check out our Facebook Page for more information.

September 2015 Updates

  • Holiday Care Package Campaign Update!  Our September goal was to have two new sponsors by the end of the month, for a total of 9.  We are excited to announce that we have surpassed our goal AGAIN, and now have 10 days sponsored!

Please help us spread the word by downloading our flyer and sharing it with your family, friends, co-workers and small group members!  It is our goal to have the last holiday sponsor by the end of October! 

  • We will also continue our search for Holiday food and craft vendors for our families.  More info on this need can be found HERE!
  • This month we will continue working on grants that will make us eligible for corporate sponsorships.  If your company includes services supporting local families and children in their corporate giving programs please let us know how we can apply!
  • DeVos Update:  It is our heart to begin expanding our services to hospitals throughout Michigan (and beyond)!  We have been hard-at-work putting together ideas for a new Toiletry Care Package program for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital over the past few weeks, and have begun applying for grants and sponsorships to make this happen.  Stay tuned for details on our “DeVos DoughRaiser” to help us lay a solid foundation for this new program!  Details will be coming soon!

We’re looking for booth opportunities for winter and spring 2016!  Have an event in mind for us?  Please use the comment section below, or Contact Us Here to give us details!

Thank you for helping to spread the word about the Princess Alli Foundation!

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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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