My name is Sarah Horner, and I am the mom of Samantha Horner, who was born with a complete cleft lip and palate in 2010. We became familiar with the Cleft Palate Foundation over the past few years when meeting with the doctors and nurses at the hospital, receiving “what to expect” materials provided by your foundation, and getting a signature Gund cleft bear after one of Samantha’s surgeries. We wanted to find a way to give back to an organization that has touched our lives…. and this past year, we were able to just that!
In 2009, my extended family decided to start a new Christmas tradition. Rather than exchanging names and gifts, we would make a donation to a special charity or organization.
On Christmas day, we all get together and instead of exchanging presents, we put the money we may have spent on the exchange into a box wrapped up like a gift. Throughout the day, each family member anonymously drops cash into the gift box – whatever amount they are comfortable donating. In a separate box, each person who donates puts the name of a charity or organization they feel the money should go to. At the end of the day, we select the “winning” organization, tally up the funds, and deliver the gift! The person that wrote down the “winning” charity is responsible for making sure the donation gets to the organization.
At Christmas this past year, my daughter Samantha was selected to draw the name of the charity. As luck would have it, she picked my organization…the Cleft Palate Foundation. I was so excited to have my charity selected and be able to support the organization that has helped our family.
On behalf of myself and my extended family, it was my privilege to donate a $1,000 to the Cleft Palate Foundation. We chose to designate $500 to the student scholarship fund and $500 towards the bottle fund project – to help fund bottles for parents who don’t have access to the “special needs” feeders these little miracles need to thrive!
Thank you for all of the help and support you provide to children and their families!