February 5 (Super Bowl Sunday) is only a month away but for thousands of Super Volunteers it is the culmination of months of planning and working to finish the many projects planned to make Indy a Super Host City and a Super Caring City for all who visit and all who live here.
Indy's Child is especially proud that Riley Children's Foundation took the lead in promoting and delivering the Super Baskets of Hope to 7,000 seriously ill children in Children's Hospitals located in the 32 NFL cities.
These Super Baskets are unique to Indiana as most of the products were donated by local businesses. Vera Bradley, Lids, Fundex Games, Oxford, the Pacers and Colts are among many sponsors.
Each basket will have a Pillow Pet with Jake McConahay's picture attached. Jacob McConahay was a Riley Champion who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer in August of this year. The legacy of this remarkable 7-year-old boy has reached all the corners of our globe. He loved his Pillow Pet so much he made a covenant with his mother, Tosha McConahay, that she fulfill his wish: "I want to collect 1,000 pillow pets for kids at Riley because sometimes kids need something to cuddle with when they are going through tough stuff."
Jacob's schools and church got on board, next the media and a new goal of one million was set! Wow, Jake has got to be smiling down from heaven because radio station KLOVE is making certain that 7,000 Pillow Pets are in the Super Baskets of Hope.
Tony Dungy, the national spokesperson, brought Baskets of Hope to Indianapolis from St. Louis. Locally, Coach Caldwell and the Colts team make personal visits to Riley delivering Baskets and delivering Hope. The baskets always contain inspirational books for parents and carry Tony Dungy's Christian message of Love and Hope.
Kevin O'Keefe, executive director of the Riley Children's Foundation, continues to seek other local gift items and on January 30, Super Volunteers will fill each basket with Super Love.
Can you help? Yes! Super Funds are still needed to deliver the baskets! You can text Riley at "Riley 90999" and a $5 donation is on its way or send a check payable to Riley Children's Foundation, 30 South Meridian, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Enjoy participating in the Super Bowl activities with your entire family. A list of family friendly activities are highlighted in both January and February issues of Indy's Child.
Barbara Wynne is the founding publisher of Indy's Child Magazine.