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3rd Annual Easter Bags of Hope – April 5, 2014

The 3rd Annual Easter Bags of Hope project (benefiting the Hope Center of Waukesha)  is just under 13 days away … I’m so excited and nervous!

We are currently collecting donations of hygiene products, small toys/books and non-perishable snacks (click here for a complete list).  We will be using the items to fill Easter Bags for those serviced by the Hope Center of Waukesha.  Then on Saturday, April 5 (9am-12pm) we invite children of all ages to join us and help assemble the bags.

The Hope Center is a non-profit organization that has been providing hope to those in need in Waukesha County for more than twenty years.  Hope Center is continually working to provide new and better solutions to prevent homelessness and handle the growing needs of the community.  To read more about the Hope Center click here.

If you are out of town and would still like to participate, please do!  I know that there are many, many Little Warriors all over the US!  If I may, here is what I would suggest:  Take your child to the dollar store or Wal-Mart or Target and talk to them about people who don’t have homes.  Have them try to come up with a list of what kinds of items they would need if they didn’t have a house to live in.  Keep your language simple.  The basics.  You know your child best.  Praise them for thinking of others and tell them how important it is.  It’s the teaching part that really gets me motivated about this project!

NEW THIS YEAR: A Scholastic Book Fair will also be open during the event. Perfect timing for Easter baskets! Or purchase a book(s) for the Easter bag project! Profits made from the sale will support the New Life Ministry at Ascension. This ministry provides welcome baskets for newborns and their moms in the community. A book study I participated in last fall is hosting this as part of our service project related to our study. The book fair will also be available online if you forget your wallet the morning of, or if you’d like to support Little Warriors long distance. I know that much of the support I received during Owen’s battle and the days following were from all over the US and across the world. Your support and prayers have not been forgotten … I still have dreams of running into someone wearing an OWENGE shirt in an airport some day … If anything else, know that I still think about you all. Back to the subject … book fair. Books are good, reading is important. Come prepared to buy a book 🙂

I really do hope to see you on the morning of April 5.  We will have coffee ready for you and promises of a memorable morning with your little ones.  It gets me every single time as I watch so many little ones working to help others.  I always feel like Owen is so very proud of what we are doing.  Come for the whole three hours or for just a while.  Come right away at 9am or show up late.  We just want to see you there!   It’s going to be a great opportunity to show children that they can make a difference.

I’ve got all the details up on www.owenslittlewarriors.com   Pre-registration for the event is appreciated so we have an estimated head count of how many will be joining us.  But walk-ins are always welcome!!!

Please feel free to email me or we.care.warriors@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Love, Mel

P.S. Don’t forget to print off a flyer (or a few) and invite all of your friends!  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

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Getting Ready for Saturday

Things are getting exciting here. A buzz of owenge energy. My amazing Little Warrior angels have been busy helping … tracing, cutting, organizing, counting little beads. All of this in preparation for Saturday – the 3rd annual Little Warrior Christmas Ornament Drive!

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These early Saturday mornings are magical. The children are excited, the room is booming with sound, the glue is flowing and the sequins are everywhere. Absolute magic! Little hands leave covered in magic marker and love in their hearts. I love the smile on all the kid’s faces … even the tears of the little one who realize they aren’t taking their project home with them. It’s all about the learning. About giving love to others. The kids take such pride in their work – carefully writing their name and age on the back of each ornament. They run from table to table, seeing how many stars they can earn. They are proud as their number of completed ornaments gets higher and higher.

Volunteers give an entire morning teaching little ones. Coaching the children on not only to how to make the ornaments but also the importance of what they are doing. Parents spend time with their children on their laps, helping them trace their hands … all to make a stranger’s Christmas a little brighter.

I’m getting excited about Saturday. I hope you’ll bring your little ones by! Bring your grandkids, nieces/nephews, godchild or any special little one! Come see what it’s all about. Come any time between 9am – noon. Come when you can and leave when you must. There is no time limit or requirement. Make 1 ornament or make them all 6 times 🙂

For all the details and to register visit: www.owenslittlewarriors.com or email we.care.warriors@gmail.com with any questions! See you soon!

Love, Mel

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Preparing for the 3rd Annual Ornament Drive

The preparation for the third annual ornament drive has begun. This process always brings a sense of pride and sadness. I give a lot of thought and prayer about the little ones who will come and participate. I offer up prayers that the seed of generosity and love be planted in these little ones. Then, I think, “if this happens, my son had a part in it.” My son is teaching the youth of tomorrow the importance of serving one another. Over two years have passed since Owen died and I still wish I was a “normal” mother of triplets. One that didn’t have to explain why I call don’t call my two boys twins. (I still refuse to call them twins … because they aren’t. I carried three babies to 33 weeks and 3 days – I have earned my title as triplet mom. They will never be twins.)

November 2, 2013 is going to be an amazing OWENGE day. The energy in the room is electric. Volunteers give their time and energy to help families make these one-of-a-kind masterpieces! There is always at least one child heard crying because they want to keep their project. These are my favorite moments because it’s when the most learning happens. As much as this event is about caring for the elderly it’s about the little ones learning.

Last year, we almost doubled the number of ornaments from the first year. How many more do you think we can make this year?

All are welcome to come and participate. We try to pick ornaments that are for all ages. The younger ones need a little more help, and that’s ok! It’s great for Girl Scout projects too! If you’ve got older kids who would be interested in volunteering in the event please contact me. We are always looks for helpers (always).

Mark your calendars!!

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When: Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 9am-12pm

Where: Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha, WI 53188

Cost: FREE!

REGISTER HERE

*Registration is appreciated but not required

Who: Children and families of all ages

* We ask that at least one adult, 18 years or older, such as a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, accompany your kid(s) during the event. We will also have helpers on-site to assist the children as needed.

For questions regarding the event, email us at we.care.warriors@gmail.com.

Help Us Spread the Word: Download a flyer HERE and share with a friend. Help us get the word out!

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Want to walk with me?

Anyone in the Milwaukee area want to take a walk with me and the boys? I was thinking September 14, downtown Milwaukee!

It’s that time if year again … The Briggs & Al run/walk for Children’s Hospital of WI. This hospital is the same four walls we kissed Owen goodbye for the last time. The nurses and staff were the ones that, not only cared for Owen, but cared for my family and I as we prepared to walk a long road of grief.

So I would LOVE to see you on the streets of Milwaukee with us this year! We’ll bring the OWENGE, if you bring a smile! It’s super kid friendly, so kids can walk with us in strollers or wagons! And I’m hoping I can talk my brother into wearing the OWENGE man costume again this year 🙂

CLICK HERE to register to walk with “Owen’s Little Warriors.” See you on September 14!!

Feel free to email me if you’ve got questions about joining the team!! Melissabissing@gmail.com

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The Next Little Warrior Event – Easter Bags of Hope

It’s with great excitement that I announce our next Little Warrior event – the 2nd Annual Easter Bags of Hope benefitting the Hope Center of Waukesha.  We are currently collecting donations of hygiene products, small toys/books and non-perishable snacks (click here for a complete list).  We will be using the items to fill Easter Bags for those serviced by the Hope Center of Waukesha.  Then on Saturday  March 23rd (9am-12pm) we invite children of all ages to join us and help assemble the bags.

The Hope Center is a non-profit organization that has been providing hope to those in need in Waukesha County for more than twenty years.  Hope Center is continually working to provide new and better solutions to prevent homelessness and handle the growing needs of the community.  To read more about the Hope Center click here.

If you are out of town and would still like to participate, please do!  I know that there are many, many Little Warriors all over the US!  If I may, here is what I would suggest:  Take your child to the dollar store or Wal-Mart or Target and talk to them about people who don’t have homes.  Have them try to come up with a list of what kinds of items they would need if they didn’t have a house to live in.  Keep your language simple.  The basics.  You know your child best.  Praise them for thinking of others and tell them how important it is.  It’s the teaching part that really gets me motivated about this project!

I really do hope to see you on the morning of March 23rd.  We will have coffee ready for you and promises of a memorable morning with your little ones.  It gets me every single time as I watch so many little ones working to help others.  I always feel like Owen is so very proud of what we are doing.  Come for the whole three hours or for just a while.  Come right away at 9am or show up late.  We just want to see you there!   It’s going to be a great opportunity to show children that they can make a difference.

I’ve got all the details up on www.owenslittlewarriors.com (a link is in the black header of the blog too).   Pre-registration for the event on the 23rd is appreciated so we have an estimated head count of how many will be joining us.  But walk-ins are always welcome!!!

We made 238 Easter Bags last year  … do you think we make more this time around??  It’s really all up to you!

Please feel free to email me or we.care.warriors@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Love, Mel

P.S. Don’t forget to print off a flyer (or a few) and invite all of your friends!  Click here to download a copy of the flyer.

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March 4, 2013 · 5:09 pm

Little Warrior 2nd Annual Ornament Drive Recap

Where on earth has the time gone?  I feel like I’ve blinked and two weeks have just flown by.  There is so much to update you about!!  The Second Annual Little Warrior Drive, Triplet’s 2nd birthday & party, some great “God moments”.  Where do I even start?

The Little Warrior Ornament Drive – what a HUGE success?  I had hoped it would be bigger and better than the year before … but I had no idea what was really in store for us.

The morning of Nov 17 was busy and I was stressed.  I was so nervous about it being a success … what if no one shows up?  I always think this on the morning of Little Warrior events.  We had TONS of great new & fresh ideas flowing.  The set up crew worked hard and seamlessly setting up tables, getting crafts ready, even making coffee.  Then the kids and parents started arriving.  That’s when my “high” started.  There were tons of kids and adults waiting to check in … I started to help (the best that I could).  Note to self – we need to re-visit the check in process for the next event – chaos!  I’ve never been up front before – I’m usually still running around putting the last finishing touches on the event.

The two hours flew by!  There was a steady flow of kids – the ornaments just kept coming and coming and coming!  I couldn’t help but to smile –  knowing how many grandfriends would be blessed with one of these ornaments. We ran out of completion certificates at the registration table …. that meant more than 100 kids had arrived!!!

How here is one of my favorite things – the statistics from the event!!

  • 105 Children participated – that’s more than double from last year’s 50 children
  • 582 Ornaments were made – more than double from last year’s 250!!
  • 4 Girl Scout troops participated
  • $120 was raised from the bake sale & coffee donation basket
  • $500 grant was given to Interfaith from Kohl’s as we had 5 or more Kohl’s associates participate with their children!
    • (that’s a total of $62o donated to benefit those who are serviced by Interfaith)
  • The triplets made their first appearance to a Little Warrior event 🙂
  • Approx 20 volunteers helped the day of the event

I can’t believe we doubled from last year!  The joy it brings me to know that Owen’s death is still creating good in this world … it’s amazing.  I really feel like my soul is at peace because I know others are benefiting from this nightmare.  Hundreds of children are learning that serving others is important … even more are receiving a blessing to know that a child cares about them.  It’s a mind-blowing & wonderful circle of blessings.  I never would have started an organization like this if it hadn’t been for Owen … this journey … this blog and all of you.  If people didn’t read my story, I’d just be another anonymous mom who is mourning the loss of her son.

So … thank you.  Thank you to everyone who helped and participated in the ornament drive.  Thank you for those who made donations to the Interfaith organization on behalf of Little Warriors.  Thank you to you … the one who still reads my blog even after the “excitement” has calmed down.  For those of you who care and we have never even met.  Thank you for keeping Owen’s spirit alive.  Thank you for supporting me and giving me the inspiration to keep going … to finding the good in every situation.  Thank you.

Here are a bunch of photos from the event – hope you enjoy!!!

Love, Mel

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Little Warriors Share the Interfaith Wish List

I’m getting excited about the upcoming Little Warrior event. I’ve got the help of wonderful women this time … It’s going to be better than ever! These events always make me feel like Owen is close. All of the good that my little baby boy is still doing … Even after he has been gone for so long.

The ornaments we are going to make are going to be apart of a larger Christmas package. For many recipients, this is the only gift they will receive all year. Last year, I posted a wish list of items we needed for the ornaments. However, thanks to the overwhelming generosity, we still have enough supplies for this year’s drive!!! Im hoping to pass along the blessings this year to Interfaith by sharing THEIR wish list instead. I’ve got the items that Interfaith is looking for posted HERE

Donations can be made in a few different ways:
-Drop them off in the bin at Ascension Lutheran Church in Waukesha
-Bring your donation to the Little Warrior event on Nov 17
-Or you can email me for a mailing address and you can mail them from where ever you live!

Owen’s story has spread so far … And I am so blessed to have the support of so many. This is my turn to spread on the love and support you have given me. This is the way I am able to keep Owen alive…in the hearts of the children who come and learn a little about serving others.

Ok I’ll get off my soap box – I just get so excited when I think about Little Warriors and what all of your children did for the Waukesha community last year.

Love, Mel

For more information about the Little Warrior Ornament Drive and to register for the event visit: www.owenslittlewarriors.com

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ANNOUNCING – the Next Little Warrior Event!

I’m excited to announce the next Little Warrior event – the 2nd annual Christmas ornament drive benefiting the Interfaith Organization of Waukesha.  I have such wonderful memories of last year’s event, I just can’t wait to see the turn out this year!  It’s going to be bigger & better!!  So please, please, please register your kids, your friend’s kids, grand-kids, nieces, nephews, girl/boy scout troops, godchildren – all are welcome!

We will have 4-5 different ornament stations that you and your child(ren) can visit.  Pick one that you love or make one of each!  The projects are designed so that ALL ages can participate.  Last time we had 2 year olds all the way up to teenagers participate. It truly is fun for the whole family.

I personally invite each of you to join me (and all the Little Warrior volunteers) on November 17th (10am-12pm) at Ascension Lutheran Church – 1415 Dopp Street, Waukesha.  Please don’t feel that you have to be a believer to participate – this project isn’t a “christian thing” – it’s a “human thing”.  You just need to have a desire to help people – and the want to teach kids the importance of service to one another.

*Registration is appreciated – but not required

For complete details on the project visit:  www.owenslittlewarriors.com

DOWNLOAD A FLYER HERE – Print one for your fridge 🙂  Could you also help spread the word about Owen’s service project?  Post a flyer at the library, at your work, or your church, etc.

If you’re still not convinced, here is some food for thought on why joining us could be life changing — All of us at one point or another will need someone to help us.  By involving children in volunteerism at a young age, you are helping to create their perception of the world.  Plant the seed in them that they can make a difference.  Teach them to be Little Warriors who fight for the good in this world.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments – I love to hear from you all!

Love, Mel

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Owen’s Little Warrior Team for the Briggs & Al Run/Walk – Register NOW!

The Briggs & Al Run/Walk for Children’s Hospital is coming up quick!  This year the walk will be held on September 15th in Milwaukee and there is only 1 month left to register.  A close friend of our family is getting married out-of-town that same day, so I won’t be able to walk this year — BUT can I can a favor?  Will you walk for us?

Last year was so powerful and I was so proud to know that Owen’s memory was helping raise money for Children’s.  The staff helped us so much during our 5 days stay … which honestly felt more like a month.  In fact, Owen’s nurses still stay in touch with my family and even remembered the day he died.  This is one of the only ways I know how to pay at least a little bit back.  Although there is no price to the gifts and comfort we were given.

My very own Mandy Bushke has offered to be the team captain and will walk with you in our place.  The shirts are white again this year and we want to paint the streets OWENGE!  But I need help to do it .. since I can’t be there in person.   The walk is family friendly — bring the kids! Strollers and wagons work great.

Click here to register to walk on the Owen’s Little Warriors team or to read more about the Briggs & Al Run/Walk

Please help to not only help Owen’s memory live on, but to also spread joy to the other families who are being serviced by Children’s Hospital of WI.

Love, Mel

Click here for last year’s walk.  And just for a little inspiration … here are some photos from last year too.  Can’t help but think – “Gosh do we stick out like sore thumbs and man is it BEAUTIFUL!”  Love you Owen …

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Thank You for Making the Easter Bag Project a Success!

To say that the Little Warrior & Supermoms of Ascension’s event this past weekend was a success would be an understatement!  We had about 40 kids with their parents come and join in on the fun.  There were members of my church, those who have participated in previous Little Warrior events, a daisy troop – families of all kinds!  I was amazed at how many people were brought together to serve the same purpose.  At the end of the day we made 238 completed bags for the Hope Center.  There are a ton of items also being donated on their own.  Not to mention we raised about $140 in our bake sale!

I want to thank each and every one of you who donated your time and money to this project.  Even if you donated your secret stash of hotel shampoos and conditioners – thank you!  Not only have you made a difference in a stranger’s life, but you also helped keep Owen’s fight alive.  He fought for ‘life’ while he was here on earth, and we are continuing to fight for what is ‘good’ in his memory.

I can’t describe what goes through my mind during these events.  I suppose it’s a lot of things – what needs to happen next, are my kids being behaving?  But it’s also this sense of calmness and knowledge that I am where I’m supposed to be.  Running these events brings me such joy and purpose out of life.  I’m honored to have this opportunity and instrument to use in life.  Thank you so much for helping me feel meaningful.

I was one proud mama this weekend!  Owen, I love you – mom is proud of you!

Love, Mel

Here are some pictures from the day:

 

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