Race for Every Child: Support Integrative Care
Oct
19
7:00 AM07:00

Race for Every Child: Support Integrative Care

We hope you can join our team for this year's Race for Every Child! We're raising money for integrative care services and whole health approaches to care at Children's National Medical Center.

We're excited to have a team for the 7th year, working in collaboration with families and staff members to make a positive difference for kids and families who spend a lot of time at the hospital. Organizing this team is part of the mission of our non-profit, Eliana's Light (www.elianaslight.org), to advocate for integrative care services, Integrative Medicine, and whole health approaches at pediatric medical centers.

We look forward to walking or running with you on Race Day! If you can't make it this year, we welcome your donation. Your donation will go directly to the Special Purpose Fund we created at the hospital to support these efforts. Staff members who request funds from the SPF work alongside us to support families who are at the hospital and when the families are able to go home.

Thanks to the generosity of previous Eliana's Light team members, we've been able to collaboratively start a yoga program for all interested caregivers at Children's National, and also provide 200 "comfort kits" and 200 art therapy kits to parents in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. The "comfort kits" contain "tools" to help build the emotional connection between parent and baby/child, and the art therapy kits are to provide a tool parents and siblings can use to express stress and difficult emotions. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and (physical, occupational, speech, art, and feeding) therapists are collaboratively administering these kits as part of a broader whole health program that recently launched in the Heart Institute (i.e., the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and the Heart & Kidney Unit). We are also collaborating with staff on the development of a department that will mainstream a wider range of a greater number of integrative care services so that all in-patients, and also many caregivers, can benefit from these approaches that support physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

There are lots of exciting things happening in this space at Children's National, and we hope you can join us to support them by participating on team Eliana's Light in the 2019 Race for Every Child!

To register, please visit: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/TR/FundraisingTR/Race2019?sid=1410&type=fr_informational&pg=informational&fr_id=1240.

To donate, please visit: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/Donation2?idb=1697011685&df_id=10725&FR_ID=1240&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=2958&10725.donation=form1&PROXY_TYPE=22.

Thank you for your consideration, and please email us if you have any questions (info@elianaslight.org)!

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Back to School BBQ with Collaborators
Sep
18
4:00 PM16:00

Back to School BBQ with Collaborators

We’d love to see you at the Back to School BBQ with the Steven Knolls School!

Stephen Knolls School provides a Special Education Program for students who range in age from three to twenty-one years. Stephen Knolls School provides collaborative comprehensive educational services utilizing a transdisciplinary approach. Students who attend Stephen Knolls live in the southern part of Montgomery County.

Classes are comprised of pre-school students in the Preschool Educational Programs (PEP--Intensive Needs Class, Beginnings, and Comprehensive). Student in the preschool educational programs have been identified as having a developmental delay or disability. Students ages 5 to 21 have been identified as having multiple disabilities that adversely affect their education. The educational and physical needs of our students are addressed by modifying instructional materials and incorporating resources such as adaptive equipment and augmentative communication devices.

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Moms Mingle and Munch at Matchbox
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Moms Mingle and Munch at Matchbox

Join us Tuesday, September 10th for Moms Mingle and Munch at Matchbox on 14th Street from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for Free Pizza + Giveaways + Socializing + Swag Bags! To purchase tickets ($12 each), please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moms-mingle-and-munch-for-new-and-local-dc-area-moms-tickets-69158172957.

The DC Area Moms Blog is organizing this event, and Matchbox Restaurants (14th Street) is hosting. Shear Society Studio, LLC is giving complimentary hair braiding, Valerie Hammer is doing make-up touchups, and Roxiebstylin is providing wardrobe consultations, and Libby Bianchi Photography will be taking pictures. Thank you to everyone who's contributing!

The pizza will be for free; drinks and other food will be available for purchase.

Each ticket holder will receive TWO tickets to enter a giveaway.

For two additional tickets please bring an item(s) to benefit Eliana's Light. Eliana's Light supports local families with children who have complex medical conditions by providing a community-based collaborative approach to pediatric care that’s focused on their whole health and well-being — a focus that makes the whole family feel better. www.elianaslight.org.

Items to bring are gift certificates to Amazon, Target, Walmart, or Peapod; art related toys and supplies; toiletries; and/or lightly used children's books.

We look forward to seeing you there, and please let us know if you have any questions!

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Energy Healing: Healing Touch Training for Practitioners
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Energy Healing: Healing Touch Training for Practitioners

If you are a care provider (i.e., nurse, doctor, Child Life specialist, social worker, or therapist) at Children’s National Medical Center or HSC Pediatric Center, please let us know if you’re interested in taking this Healing Touch training course. Thanks to the generosity of a local funder, the cost of the training for you is free. Lunch will also be provided. We only ask that you attend with a genuine commitment to helping the whole health and well-being of the patients and families you support. Please email info@elianaslight.org. if you’re interested. Thank you!

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Yellow Cupcakes for Eliana's Light
Jul
12
to Jul 13

Yellow Cupcakes for Eliana's Light

Join us on July 12th and 13th for a cupcake fundraiser at Cupcakes & More in Vienna, VA! Proceeds from each cupcake with yellow frosting (a symbol of light) that you order will go to Eliana’s Light. You can also order by phone in bulk for your July parties!

We’re so grateful to Life of Amari for organizing this fundraiser for us, Cupcakes & More for hosting and contributing to it, and @cystumofcurves and @espressofied for promoting it!

We look forward to seeing you there! Please share pics from your visit on Instagram and Facebook, tagging @elianaslight.

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Meditation Series for Caregivers/Parents/Guardians at Children's National
Jul
2
to Jul 16

Meditation Series for Caregivers/Parents/Guardians at Children's National

  • Children's National Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We invite parents, guardians, and other caregivers of children who are hospitalized at Children’s National Medical Center to take 30 minutes for their own care on July 2, 9, and 16 from 8-8:30pm. A trained meditation facilitator will lead this relaxing session called “Mind. Body. Breath.” The sessions will take place in the Healing Garden (if it doesn’t rain) or in the Mini Atrium on the 2nd floor (if it does). Please email any questions you may have to info@elianaslight.org.

All participants will receive 2 tip sheets (“Mindfulness Tips for Caregivers” and “Caring Touch Tips for Caregivers of Children Who Have Complex Medical Conditions”) and the option to take a yoga mat with them to continue self-care practices.

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Eliana's Light Joins Spring In The Valley
May
11
to Jul 1

Eliana's Light Joins Spring In The Valley

  • Spring Valley Pediatrics (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Eliana’s Light is excited to join Spring Valley Pediatrics, Spring Valley Neighborhood Association and Stork for Spring in the Valley 2019 on May 11th from 11-2 pm (rain date 5/18/19 same time)

This is a wonderful neighborhood and family-friendly event. There will be multiple foods trucks for lunch, complementary car seat installations and checks, bouncy houses, balloon animals, face painting, and more!

Location: top and bottom lot of Spring Valley Pediatrics.

We’ll be making self-care items at our table and handing out tips for how parents and kids can practice self-care at home.

There will be $1 raffle tickets with all proceeds going to Eliana's Light. Raffle items include Millie's gift certificates, Georgetown Massage and Body Works gift card for a 45 minute massage, gift cards to Pizza Paradiso, free physical therapy evaluation for an adult or child from ITR Physical Therapy and so much more.

Come spend the day with us in Spring Valley! Goody bags are being handed out for the first 100 attendees.  All are welcome to join and we hope to see you there!

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Service Day With Students from DCASE Partner Schools

We’re excited to collaborate with students from partner schools of the DC Association for Special Education. Students will be volunteering to make items for and fill gift bags that Eliana’s Light will be distributing to moms who need to spend Mother’s Day and dads who need to spend Father’s Day in the hospital in order to care for their child who will be there. We’re so grateful to these students and their schools for their interest in helping these local parents.

Participating schools include: The Kingsbury Center, The Katherine Thomas School, and The IvyMount School.

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Give A Boost to Dads for Father's Day
Apr
20
to Jun 16

Give A Boost to Dads for Father's Day

Between April and June, we collaboratively collect gifts local businesses, organizations, and individuals want to donate to dads who need to spend Father’s Day in a local pediatric medical facility to care for her child who has a complex medical condition. Eliana’s Light combines all the gifts into gift bags that we deliver to our partner medical facilities: Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, HSC’s Pediatric Center, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital.

If you are a local business that sells a wellness-related item (e.g. healthy food) or provides a wellness-related service (e.g. massage), please let us know if you can make a donation to this effort. We’re always excited to partner with local businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community in which they work.

If you are a member of our community, and would like to help us find local businesses that would like to contribute and/or make the packages for dads, please contact us. We're seeking donations of gift certificates in $10 denominations to places like Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera, Chipotle, Cava, and other healthy-ish chains and also gas stations that have locations close to the participating medical centers in DC, MD, and VA. We also welcome toiletries, foot massage rollers, and similar self-care items dads may use. We'll then use them to fill 600 total gift bags.

We look forward to collaborating with you to support local dads! Please email info@elianaslight.org to let us know your interest. Thank you!

We’re so grateful to the dozens of individuals and to the following organizations and businesses that have already confirmed their contributions: Children’s National Medical Center (volunteer doctors with their children donating to and packing gift bags; staff distributing gift bags), CIVITAN (gift card and toiletry donation, volunteer service day), Compass Coffee (gift cards), Fit4Mom of Montgomery County (gift cards and toiletries donation, volunteer service day), Growing Foods Bakery (baked goods donation), HSC Health & Residential Services (volunteer service day), Lollipop Kids Foundation (donated items for gift bags; organizing volunteer gathering to make items for gift bags), Spring Valley Pediatrics and Stork (gift card donations), and The Nanny Network (gift certificate donations).

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Conversation With LaJoy Johnson-Law on the Realities of Caregiving and the Importance of A Constellation of Care
Apr
3
1:00 PM13:00

Conversation With LaJoy Johnson-Law on the Realities of Caregiving and the Importance of A Constellation of Care

Listen to LaJoy share some honest reflections and helpful guidance for parents of children who have complex medical conditions. LaJoy is both an applicant and an advisor, and we’re grateful to collaborate with her and the organization where she works, Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE). Our “Conversation” is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIBpdjUdAVc&feature=youtu.be.

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In The Case of An Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe
Mar
23
10:00 AM10:00

In The Case of An Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe

Join Eliana’s Light and the Lollipop Kids Foundation in our 2nd in-person learning event with Montgomery County’s Police Department and Fire & Rescue Service to share practical tips and helpful guidance on how to keep your child safe in the case of an emergency. Please read the tip sheet we developed with parents at last year’s event: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5893aadedb29d6ce15167eb2/t/5b40abc1575d1f7f896b687a/1530964929300/EmergencyPreparednessTipsforCaregiversJune2018.pdf. We will be building on this and disseminating an updated version after this year’s event.

To register, please visit: https://lollipop.dm.networkforgood.com/forms/in-case-of-an-emergency-rsvp-3-23-19-10am.

If you have any questions, please email Whitney at info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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Connecting to Wellness . . . in the Community Health Expo
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

Connecting to Wellness . . . in the Community Health Expo

Eliana’s Light is thrilled to participate as an exhibitor during this Health Expo at Children’s National Medical Center. Members of the community are welcome to attend! Participating program partners are:

Participating Program Partners:

·         WIC – Women Infants and Children

·         IMPACT DC – Improving Pediatric Asthma Care in the District of Columbia

·         Nutrition Services

·         Patient Family Education – Nursing

·         Chaplin Services

·         Children’s Health Center at THEARC – Mobile Health Program

·         Breathe DC

·         CentroNia

·         District of Columbia Public Schools

·         Office of the State Superintendent on Education

·         Eliana’s Light

·         The Parkinson Foundation, National Capital Area

·         The Grassroot Project

·         Therapeutic Links, LLC

·         American Kidney Fund

·         WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition, Dietetics, and Agriculture

·         Georgetown University / Howard University CTSA

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Recruiting for online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions
Mar
7
to Mar 14

Recruiting for online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions

Eliana's Light is collaborating with Hope Grows, a PA-based non-profit that will be leading a pilot online support group for caregivers of children who have complex medical conditions. The following are details you're welcome to share with any caregiver you know and think may be interested:

Support Group for Caregivers ~ Online

 This 4-week online pilot program offers current caregivers the opportunity to share their stories with other caregivers. The goal of this group is to provide an atmosphere that is favorable to the already busy and overwhelmed day of providing care. This online environment addresses topics of self-care, stress, and coping. Facilitated by a masters-level counselor, this Hope Grows online group will bring support and comfort right into your home.

Guidelines

Must be a current caregiverMust have a computer with internet service, camera and microphone (preferred to be in a private area unless individual uses headset)Must be willing to provide address, email, birthdate, phone number, and create an online account (access and login information will be provided)Must be available for 3 of the 4 sessionsBe willing to take an online pre- and post- assessment to measure caregiver stress and coping.Sign a privacy agreement stating you will adhere to the group guideline and privacy of all group participants

Hope Grows has not yet determined what day or time this group will occur. This will happen once we establish sufficient interest. If you are interested in participating in this group and have times/dates that work best with your schedule, please email Whitney Ortiz of Eliana's Light at info@elianaslight.org by March 13th.

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"Conversation With A Caregiver": Eileen Walters, Nurse and Manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center
Feb
25
10:30 AM10:30

"Conversation With A Caregiver": Eileen Walters, Nurse and Manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center

  • Children's National Medical Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Interested in how to support #children with #autismspectrumdisorders before, during, & after medical procedures? Watch our latest "Conversation With A Caregiver" with Eileen Walters, nurse and manager of the Beyond the Spectrum program at Children's National Medical Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVLtWPfEY2E&feature=youtu.be

Through this "Conversation With A Caregiver", Ms. Walters shares practical information and resources on strategies that have proven to be effective. To access resources for parents and practitioners that she and her colleagues developed, please visit: http://childrensnational.org/autismvisualresources.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walters at ewalters@childrensnational.org.

We added this link and a downloadable PowerPoint presentation on the Beyond the Spectrum program to a section of the "Resources" page of our website: https://www.elianaslight.org/websitesappsbooks.

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Give A Boost to Moms for Mother's Day
Feb
23
to May 5

Give A Boost to Moms for Mother's Day

Between late Feb. and early May, we collaboratively collect gifts that local businesses, organizations, and individuals want to donate to moms who need to spend Mother’s Day in a local pediatric medical facility in order to care for her child who will be there due to her/his complex medical condition. Eliana’s Light combines all the gifts into gift bags that we deliver to our partner medical facilities: Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH, HSC’s Pediatric Center, The Kennedy Krieger Institute, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and Inova Children’s Hospital.

We hope you can join us in this effort! If you are a local business that sells a wellness-related item (e.g. teas) or provides a wellness-related service (e.g. massage), please let us know if you can make a donation to this effort. We’re always excited to partner with local businesses that want to make a positive impact in the community in which they work.

If you are a member of our community, and would like to help us find local businesses that would like to contribute and/or make the packages for moms, please contact us. We're seeking donations of gift certificates in $10 denominations to places like Starbucks, Dunkin', Panera, Chipotle, Cava, and other healthy-ish chains and also gas stations that have locations close to the participating medical centers in DC, MD, and VA. We also welcome toiletries, donations of organic lavender flower we can use for making sachets, foot massage rollers, and similar self-care items moms may use. We'll then use them to fill 600 total gift bags.

Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to collaborating with you!

Please email info@elianaslight.org to let us know your interest.

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”

KAHLIL GIBRAN, The Prophet

We’re so grateful to the dozens of individuals and to the following organizations and businesses that have already confirmed their contributions: Children’s National Medical Center (volunteer doctors with their children donating to and packing gift bags; staff distributing gift bags), CIVITAN (gift card and toiletry donation, volunteer service day), Compass Coffee, Fit4Mom of Montgomery County (gift cards and toiletries donation, volunteer service day), Growing Foods Bakery (baked goods donation), HSC Health & Residential Services (volunteer service day), Lollipop Kids Foundation (donated items for gift bags; organizing volunteer gathering to make items for gift bags), Spring Valley Pediatrics and Stork (gift card donations), and The Nanny Network (gift certificate donations).

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4th Annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers Initiative
Jan
12
to Feb 14

4th Annual Valentine's Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers Initiative

Join us for the 4th Annual Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids & Cookies for Caregivers initiative!

Volunteers (of all ages) make cards for children who have to be in a DC, MD, or VA pediatric hospital over Valentine's Day and cookies for the caregivers who support them. We want the recipients of both to know that members of their community are thinking of them and sending them best wishes. The cards are only for the kids, and include uplifting messages. The cookies are only for the caregivers (due to the children’s specific dietary needs) and are from healthy-ish nut-free recipes. Some participating groups are only making cards, and some are only making cookies.

What is the process? During this community service activity, participating adults and young people discuss topics such as empathy, helping others, volunteering, friendship, respect for diversity, and making a positive impact in life. The card and cookie recipients have reflected they’re touched and moved to know members of their community really care about them, and are sending them positive uplifts during their challenging times. This small act of kindness can have a big impact. 

Eliana’s Light receives by mail and picks up from local groups the cards and/or cookies, and delivers them to staff at Children’s National Medical Center, Inova Children's Hospital, HSC's Pediatric Center, John’s Hopkins’ Children’s Center, the Children's Inn at NIH, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Walter Reed. We may engage more pediatric medical centers based on the number of volunteers involved. The staff members at the medical centers disseminate the cards to patients and the cookies to their caregivers (i.e., parents and staff members). 

How can individuals and groups participate?

* Organize a group of friends and/or colleagues for a Valentine's Day card and/or cookie making party at your house.

o If your group will be making cards, the following is some guidance for your consideration:

* Hospital staff have cleared the following messages for inclusion in the Valentine’s Day cards: "You are loved"; "You are surrounded by love"; "I believe in you"; "You are strong and brave"; "I wish you the very best"; "You rock"; "I am thinking of you and sending you love"; "You inspire me"; "You are awesome"; "I hope you have a great day today"; "Be brave"; and "Always remember how awesome you are".

* We welcome any way participating kids would like to sign their cards. For example, they can be signed, "First name, grade, school name", or "X-grader, school name, city name", or "X-grader, city name". We'd love some kind of signature to personalize the cards.

o If your group will be making cookies, we’re especially looking for nut-free and low-sugar recipes that will give a tasty boost to caregivers.

* Ask your child's teacher if their class would be interested in making Valentine’s Day cards to support kids and caregivers who will be at these pediatric medical centers in our region. Teachers often discuss topics such as empathy, volunteering, and kindness with their participating students. 

* Donate any supplies you may have for making cards. We welcome red, white, and pink construction paper; white printer paper; glue sticks; stickers; and kid scissors. No glitter please :)

* Share your favorite nut-free, low-sugar, low-cost, and easy-to-make cookie recipes you think caregivers would enjoy.

* Make a financial donation to help Eliana’s Light cover the cost of providing some card-making supplies to participating non-profit organizations (https://elianaslight.z2systems.com/np/clients/elianaslight/donation.jsp?campaign=1&).

How can individuals and groups register to participate? If you’re interested in participating or supporting this initiative, please email your interest to Whitney Ortiz (info@elianaslight.org). We will coordinate directly with you. We welcome volunteer participation from all locations, and can receive cards by mail if you live further than 1 hour from Washington, DC.

When do the cards and cookies need to be done? We will need to collect all items by the end of the day on Fri., Feb. 8th. Earlier is better so Eliana's Light has time to package and distribute the cards before Valentine's Day.

We hope this information is helpful to you, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to your participation!

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We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family
Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

We'll Wrap Your Gifts For You While You Choose A Book For A Local Family

If you bring your presents to Barnes & Noble in Arlington, we will wrap them for you! We’ll have a table and look forward to talking with you. While not necessary in order to have your gifts wrapped, we also welcome your purchasing a book for a local family we’re supporting. We hope you can join us for this festive occasion!

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Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club
Nov
13
6:30 PM18:30

Book Talk with Dr. Joanna Breyer at National Press Club

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Joanna Breyer on When Your Child Is Sick: A Guide to Navigating The Practical and Emotional Challenges of Caring for a Child Who Is Very Ill. $10 for non-members. To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.press.org/events/npc-headliners-book-event-joanna-breyer-what-do-when-your-child-sick?fbclid=IwAR0oAW8qLOsauLL2TKubz0EN3whMrAs9uii5hkpbUnAqtb0QZ7Ehj2l2Aa0#tickets.

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Sips, Sweets and Sparkles
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sips, Sweets and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
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PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles
Nov
8
10:00 AM10:00

Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles

Join us and the DC Area Moms Blog for Sips, Sweets, and Sparkles ✨ events for moms on November 8th from 10am - 12pm OR 6pm - 8pm at @kendrascott in Georgetown. Two events in one day! (We are trying to be available for SAHM/WAHM moms in addition to moms that are more available in the evening). As part of our #shine campaign, please bring a toiletry Eliana’s Light will include in a customized Constellation Kit for moms of children with complex medical conditions.

Please come—tix on sale now! https://www.tickettailor.com/events/dcareamomsblog/205256/

Thank you, DC Area Moms Blog and Kendra Scott, for your support and collaboration!

We will have Sips, Sweets, Mingling, and ideas for holiday Shopping. Each ticketed attendee will receive a swag bag, a chance to win giveaways from local businesses, and a 15% discount code at the Kendra Scott register. .
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Some of the GIVEAWAYS are from @littlebirdiesboutique , Meals from @vegetableandbutcher , Class passes to the @tlgarlingtonva (the Little Gym), Simone Visits the Museum book @simoneshinesdc , The Sheep Who Could Not Leap book, Gift baskets, and more!
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Each ticketed attendee will receive a SWAG BAG with coupons, samples, and passes from places like @badlandsplay , Little Birdies Boutique, @thedoughjar and more! 💕💕
👀👀
PLUS moms will get their make-up touched up by Valerie Hammer (@mizchynuhdoll ) 💄 and Kristina Sherk @shark_pixel will take photos of our fun event! 📷 👇
Be sure to grab a ticket, grab a friend and enjoy some socializing with fellow moms! Can't wait to see you! 
Big thanks to Kendra Scott for hosting us and for all of the businesses involved! Be sure to show your event ticket on your phone to receive your 15% discount at the register! .

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Race for Every Child
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Race for Every Child

Join us for this year’s Race for Every Child to raise money for integrative care services at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The 5K Race will take place in downtown, Washington, DC. We hope you can join us to support a whole health approach to pediatric medical care, and show your engagement in our community.

To register, please type in “Eliana’s Light” into the team’s name box when you visit: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/TRR/FundraisingTR/Race2018/1405133925?pg=tfind&fr_id=1200.

If you can’t attend but want to donate to this effort, you can donate to our team through our team captain, Whitney Ortiz, via this link: https://giving.childrensnational.org/site/Donation2?9717.donation=form1&idb=583101294&df_id=9717&FR_ID=1200&mfc_pref=T&PROXY_ID=1407496&PROXY_TYPE=20.

Please email us if you have any questions: info@elianaslight.org. Thank you!

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CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

CTSI Science Cafe:From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families

  • 625 Monroe Street Northeast Washington, DC, 20017 United States (map)
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Join Eliana’s Light for a conversation with practitioners and members of our community on “From Policy to Psychology – How Immigration Actions and News Affect the Health and Mental Well-Being of Latino Families”. The Clinical & Translational Science Institute, of which Eliana’s Light is a member of its Community Advisory Board, is organizing this opportunity to exchange and learn.

The featured speakers are: Lanre O. Falusi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at the Child Health Advocacy Institute of Children’s National Health System and Kathleen Roche, MSW, PhD, an Associate Professor at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health with a focus on Latino families. Drs. Falusi and Roche will discuss the latest research on how immigration news and actions impact the health and well-being of Latina/o youth and families. A community member will join Drs. Falusi and Roche to discuss the importance of this research to the immigrant community. 

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Cooking with Caregivers and Kids
Sep
22
3:30 PM15:30

Cooking with Caregivers and Kids

Join us for a fun and interactive cooking class for caregivers and kids! You'll learn ways to engage your kids in developing healthy meals you'll all enjoy. Please help us create this learning event--Let us know which kinds of foods you'd like to use, what kinds of techniques you'd like to focus on, and what you'd like to take away from the event! You will walk away with a tasty treat you and other participants helped to make! The date and time are open to change, and we'll be in touch soon with a location. Please send your ideas to info@elianaslight.org.

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In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?
Jun
29
1:00 PM13:00

In Case of An Emergency: How Do You Keep Your Child Safe?

Lollipop Kids Foundation and Eliana's Light present: "In The Case of Emergency: How To Keep Your Child Safe". This practical learning event is for families with children who have complex medical conditions and children with disabilities. It will take place Friday, June 29th, from 1pm-4pm, at Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service Station 34 in Germantown, MD (20633 Boland Farm Rd, Germantown, MD 20876). 

Members of the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service and Police Department will share practical tips on proactive measures you can take to ensure your child’s safety before and during an emergency. Topics we will discuss include: what to do if your child elopes, important information to tell 911 dispatchers in the case of an emergency, how to access and use a "File of Life", and more!

Children will have a chance to tour the station; see police cars, fire engines and trucks up close; and listen to a firefighter in full gear who will promote familiarity with and trust in them in the case of a fire emergency. Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, click here: https://bit.ly/2snPOX7. If you have any questions, please email info@elianaslight.org and cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. 

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Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families
May
31
6:30 PM18:30

Financial, Legal, and Benefits Planning for DC Families

In collaboration with the Lollipop Kids Foundation, we are offering an opportunity for families in D.C. to learn how to establish the necessary foundation for their child's future financial success. Families will learn about:

  • The four pillars of special needs planning
  • Steps to start the planning process
  • Ways to fund special needs trusts
  • Information about ABLE accounts and more!

Presenters:

Chase Phillips, Merril Lynch Special Needs Financial Advisor

Mary Jo Broussard-Speier, Special Needs Attorney

Jon Laskin, State Farm Insurance Agent

When?

Thursday, May 31st

6:30-8:30pm

Where?

Chevy Chase Community Center

5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20015

RSVP: Email Cindy Vargas: cindy@lollipopkidsfoundation.org. Please sign up soon as space is limited!

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#WeCareForDads
May
19
to Jun 17

#WeCareForDads

Join us in showing #wecarefordads this Father's Day! We're collaborating with caring members of our community to develop gift bags for fathers who will be spending Father's Day in hospital to care for their child who has a complex medical condition. We welcome your partnership to give these dads a boost--whether through a hand-made item, a gift certificate, and/or toiletries that show his community cares about his health and well-being.

These dads go through a lot each day. They carry significant emotional, financial, mental, and physical stress as they try to do everything they can to help their family. Let's work together to help them.

We'll be delivering gift bags of donated items to fathers staying at Children's National Medical Center, The Children's Inn at NIH, Inova Children's Hospital, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, John's Hopkins Children's Center, and HSC's Pediatric Center. Your financial or in-kind donation can make a real positive impact on these dads in our community. Please email info@elianaslight.org if you're interested in collaborating with us to show how, together, #wecarefordads. Thank you!

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Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Ladies Night Out with Beautycounter, Norwex, and South Block at Fuel Body Lab

Join us for a fun night of pilates and learn about how to reduce your toxic exposure. We'll do the class and then talk over wine and healthy appetizers. All participants will receive a gift certificate for a cleanse drink from South Block to help wash away toxins. Register today by emailing info@elianaslight.org. Space is limited! 

Cost: Caregivers of children with complex medical conditions can attend for free. We welcome donations of at least $25 from others to support our efforts to help families with children who have complex medical conditions. You can send your donation to our Paypal site: https://www.paypal.me/ElianasLight.

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Family Yoga
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

Family Yoga

Join us for a special, fun-filled family-yoga class!

We will move through traditional poses with an imaginative flair, as well as partner and group poses to encourage connection and fun for the whole family, while improving strength, flexibility and mindfulness skills for children and adults alike.

Eliana's Light improves the quality of life of families with children who have complex medical conditions by focusing on their whole health and well-being. We are supporters of integrative care who empower families while reducing the stress, pain, fear, trauma, anxiety, and depression that many of these family members often experience. We connect families to resources, information, specialists and tools while we advocate for Integrative Medicine and integrative care services. Throughout our programming, we raise awareness on holistic ways to address physical, mental, and emotional health.

Cost: $30 for 2 family members. $10 per every additional family member. All proceeds will support Eliana’s Light.

Register: http://bit.ly/FamilyYogaFundraiser.

If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please visit  https://www.elianaslight.org/donate/. Thank you for your support!

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Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week
May
13
to May 18

Galley Foods Give To Eliana's Light Week

Are you looking for a way to help a family you know? Buying a family a healthy, ready-to-eat meal is a great way to help a family that doesn’t have the time or resources to focus on cooking. If you know a family with a child in the hospital, recently home from the hospital, or often at doctors’ appointments, Galley’s meals make a great gift for them. Through Friday, May 18th, Galley will give to Eliana’s Light 20% of all proceeds on orders that include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions. Galley delivers to homes, apt buildings, and hospitals in #dc , #maryland , and #virginia . No subscription or minimum order required. Check out their meal options—made fresh daily: www.galleyfoods.com. Don’t forget to include #wecareformoms in the delivery instructions!

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#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative
May
12
to May 13

#WeCareForMoms 2nd Annual Initiative

Throughout the month of April until Mother's Day, Eliana's Light is organizing a community-based volunteer effort to give gifts of self-care items to moms of children with complex medical conditions who will be spending Mother's Day in the hospital caring for their child. We greatly appreciate all the volunteers, organizations and companies that have contributed!

Here are some examples: Allison Fitzsimmons Photography, Beautycounter, Core72, CorePower Yoga, Crunch Fitness, Daisy Lane Photography, DC Association for Special Education, Fit4Mom of Montgomery County, Galley Foods DC, Ivymount School, Kingsbury School, Massage Envy, LilOmm, OneLife Fitness, Sport & Health, Staff of Children's National Medical Center, Swirl, The Katherine Thomas School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, U.S. Fitness, and Wellness By Shari.

There are many ways individuals, organizations and companies have be involved. They have, for example:

1. Organized a group of friends to make a craft or baked good at their house. Here's an example of a craft that some moms have shared they'd like.
2. Made an in-kind donation of supplies for others to make crafts or baked goods for moms who will be at local hospitals over Mother's Day. We added these items to our Amazon Wish List: small containers to hold aromatherapy stress relief putty, organic lavender buds, organza bags to make a lavender sachet, and ribbon. Please consider making Elianas Light Inc your preferred charity on Amazon Smile for making these and other purchases!
3. Donated a small self-care item from their business, or asked a local business they know to make a donation. We welcomed lotions, gift certificates, and other self-care items that would be appropriate for moms.
4. Gave a financial donation to enable us to purchase ingredients and supplies. 
5. Introduced us to a corporation that could provide hundreds of items you think moms would love.

We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully collaborating with you! Please email your interest to info@elianaslight.org. We invite you to visit our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see photos from this initiative. Thank you for considering ways you can support moms of children with complex medical conditions on Mother's Day.

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