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Happy June, Alex's Sunnyside Playroom friends! We have a few exciting items coming up, starting with today and the #BigGive through the Columbus Foundation ( Until June 11th, 2020 at 6 pm (EST), the Columbus Foundation is giving 100% of donations directly to the non-profits in Central Ohio by covering credit card fees. They are also offering a potential for additional incentives including matching funds. If you donate $20, you will receive (5) coupons for give-a-ways including a free 7" one-topping pizza, The Candle Lab buy one 11 oz soy candle, get one free, Jeni's free scoop of ice cream, Piada Italian Street Food receive a free piada stick and White Castle free breakfast sandwich waffle, bun or toast. What would we do with a $20 donation? We will purchase picture books for the playrooms including titles like "Young, Gift and Black" by Jamia Wilson, "Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy" by Ray Terciero and Bre Indigo, "I Believe I Can" by Grace Byers, and "101 World Changing Women" by Julia Adams. Reading daily has incredible benefits on vocabulary, comprehension,and psycho-social emotional behavior. Here is some evidence to check out:

As you may or may not know, during the pandemic no visitors are allowed to the bone marrow transplant unit and leukemia clinics. Alex used to read to the girls at nighttime over the iPad Facetime to stay connected, when they were not permitted to visit. We will be happily purchase iPad's for Dr. Wendy Stock's patients at The University of Chicago Medicine to help patients connect with their families from the money we receive from the Swenson's Drive-in to Donate event on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 4-9 p.m. and the Big Give event.


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