MARCH 2017 STATUS
Springtime roared in with winter still clinging to its petals and ended with a very high number of Sparkle Caps gift bags given out.
Recipients receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 46
(2016 monthly average was 37)
Children's Mini Gift Bags: 2
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 1
For a TOTAL of 49 gift bags, including 1 family gift box
(2016 monthly average of all gift bags was 39)
Youngest Sparkle Caps Recipients: early 30s
Most Senior Recipients: 78, 80 and 87
We are in the midst of getting ready for the 7th Annual Rainbow Charity Golf Classic and
Auction, to be held May 3rd. The three young mothers who will benefit from same have been
selected. Please see our “Fundraisers” tab.
FEBRUARY 2017 STATUS
Was it a wintery February or an early springtime February? In our neck of the woods in SC, we did not know from one day to the other, with “winter” temperatures reaching the low 80s on many days.
Recipients receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 32
Children's Mini Gift Bags: 6
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 2
For a TOTAL of 40 gift bags, including 3 family gift boxes
Mailed to ~ SC (3)
Youngest Recipients: 29, 32, 34
Most Senior Recipients: 77, 77, 78
Thank you to all who help us keep Sparkle Caps going through sponsorships, referrals, material and financial donations and prayers, as we uplift and empower women on the cancer journey.
NOTE: From this point down, I will be posting NEWS from selected months through December 2014. This will show how Sparkle Caps has grown from that period of time. I founded Sparkle Caps in the fall of 2010, and we were not on Facebook until 2012 and did not have a website until 2014. Sparkle Caps continues to grow, empowering and uplifting women in treatment for cancer of any type.
DECEMBER 2016 STATUS
With a normally busy Christmas month, our Sparkle Caps gift bag outgo slowed way down.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 24
Children's Mini Gift Bags: 0
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 3
Mailed to ~ SC (1), MI (1)
Youngest Recipients: 19, 27, 36
Senior Recipients: 74, 75, 78
It has been a very busy and wonderful year, as we provided gift bags to hundreds of women in treatment for cancer. Please go to our “THANK YOUS” tab to read thank you notes I have posted, showing how grateful women are to receive this support at such a difficult time in their lives. We need your help to continue to provide these bags of blessings!
NOVEMBER 2016 STATUS - BRRRR, it’s cold outside.
We had another above-average monthly outgo of Sparkle Caps gift bags.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 36
Child’s Mini Gift Bag: 2
Mailed to ~ AL (2), NC (2) and OH (1)
Youngest Recipients: 30, 31 and 32
Most Senior Recipients: 78, 84 and 84
Would you like to honor or remember another woman who is / was fighting cancer of any type during this Christmas season with a Sparkle Caps Christmas bag of blessings? Please complete the form on our “CONTACT” tab.
AUGUST 2016 STATUS – WOW!!!!!!
A Very, Super-Duper Busy August – Our BIGGEST outgo of Sparkle Caps gift bags:
Sparkle Caps gift bags given out: 55 – our highest ever was 47
Mini caregiver gift bags given out: 2
We mailed to SC (2) and KY (1).
Six of the gift bags were personal referrals. The remainder went to recipients referred by Tiffany and Sue at Palmetto Breast Center and some of the chemo nurses at SC Oncology.
Our oldest recipients: 79, 80 and 88
Our youngest recipients: 18, 25 and 29
Our monthly average last year was 30. This year, to date, it is 40. That’s a BIG jump! Because of some volunteer help, materials donated in the past and fundraisers /donations, we were able to meet that incredibly high need for this month, AT A COST OF $1,710. How can you help? Would you like to sponsor a gift bag? Check out the “How to Sponsor” tab and/or “Additional Needs” tab.
JULY 2016 STATUS
Big, beautiful fireworks went off; and Big, Beautiful Sparkle Caps gift bags were given out, helping another 42 women and 1 man on each one’s unique journey with cancer.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 43
Children’s Mini Gift Bags: 2
Caregivers’ Mini Gift Bags: 2
Youngest: 37, 41 and 45
Most Senior: 75, 78 and 91
Mailed: SC – 2
Our statistics include a 3-generational family box filled with 6 gift bags.
Kira made 40 crocheted caps for our women who will lose their hair through chemo. We received printed labels and gift bag tags from Eileen at Regal Prints, and the printing of these more expensive items are done for free, helping to stretch our dollars.
We received checks from two former recipients, which sponsored gift bags for three women who had the same types of cancers as the former recipients.
July was the best month for volunteer help, and this makes it possible for me to keep getting bags out in the high numbers we have had for six out of seven months so far this year. A BIG thank you to Glenda, Linda, Michael and Gary!
Thank you all for your support through financial and material donations, prayers and LIKES on our Facebook page.
Susan “Victorious” – Victorious over cancer! Victorious in God!
DECEMBER 2015 STATUS - BRRRR!
Our Welcome Bear is back because we finally have some cold, cold weather in SC – in the 30s. No snow though. Our referrals for Sparkle Caps gift bags picked up this month.
BIG NEWS: We gave out gift bag #1,500, which went to a 51-year-old woman fighting breast cancer.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 34
Mini Gift Bags: 3
Mailed to ~ SC (2)
Youngest Recipient: 18
Oldest Recipient: 79
NOVEMBER 2015 STATUS
We slowed down even more this month from our very high of August (total of 51 bags), but it was still a very good month (and confidentially, I needed some “ME” time because I am a big Christmas decorator):
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 20
Mini Gift Bags: 7
Child’s Mini Gift Bag: 3
Mailed to ~ FL (1), WV (1), TX (1), SC (2), NC (1)
Youngest Recipient: 32
Oldest Recipient: 93 (and active in the Red Hats Society)
AUGUST 2015 STATUS
Very, very busy August (including writing in my husband’s new cement job)!
Barb and Jeff volunteered a couple weeks ago, and with my husband Gary, we stuffed envelopes and other projects for almost four hours. I say that Barb and I got twice the work done as the guys did ‘cause they talked to each other so much!
Glenda volunteered one afternoon last week, and we stuffed envelopes for the gift bags.
We had very high numbers for August:
Sparkle Caps gift bags given out: 47
Mini gift bags given out: 4
For a total of 51 gift bags into the hands of 50 women and 1 man
We mailed to AZ (1), CA (1), CT (1), FL (1), SC (2) and WV (9). With the help of two former gift bag recipients (in WV and FL), we provided Sparkle Caps gift bags to approximately a dozen women going through cancer treatment in a low income, rural area of West Virginia.
Our oldest recipient is a young 78 and our youngest recipient is 30.
JULY 2015 STATUS
Hot, humid, not enough rain with a slowdown in Sparkle Caps gift bags given out; but each day was one of blessings, even when I was being chased by three bull dogs earlier this week while riding my tri-wheeler (a more sophisticated name for my trike). The slowdown gave me a chance to get caught up on some Sparkle Caps work with the help of two wonderful volunteers, Barbara and Jeff, who spent three hours helping me stuff envelopes for the gift bags.
Sparkle Caps gift bags given out: 27
Caregiver's mini gift bag: 1
Family gift bag: 1
Mailed to NC and LA.
Most senior ladies: 80, 81 and 84
Youngest: about 37
FEBRUARY 2015 STATUS
It’s cold outside—brrrrr—but warm inside.
Our main source of referrals was really down this month due to a switch over on its computer system. We nevertheless stayed busy as we did some family gift bags for those nominated as beneficiaries of the 5th Annual Rainbow Charity Golf Classic and Auction.
Sparkle Caps gift bags – 17
Caregiver gift bags – 8
Children’s gift bags – 7
Families Receiving Gift Bags – 4
Youngest Child receiving Sparkle Caps gift bag – 11
Youngest Adult – 22
Oldest Adult – 81
DECEMBER 2013 STATUS
We did it again! We topped our monthly highest outgo of Sparkle Caps gift bags by 4.
December saw 42 Christmas / Angel bags of blessings given to women in treatment for cancer. That breaks down to 42 “Red Sea Rules,” 42 novels, 42 of either “Heaven Is for Real,” “Jesus Calling,” or “What Cancer Cannot Do.” That’s 42 pencils and crossword or word finds; 42 mini gift bags of goodies; 210 large envelopes and 42 small envelopes containing testimonials, information and other uplifting reading; 42 journals with pens and/or mini notepads with pens; 42 hat / cap catalogues and more. That’s 42 crocheted or knit caps and 42 Sparkle Caps; 42 handcrafted angels. The holiday bags also contained other extra goodies.
We also gave out mini gift bags to children whose moms were receiving Sparkle Caps gift bags.
Can you see why we need your contributions and sponsorships! It took over $1,000 to put together those gift bags, most of them paid for through general sponsorships. You don’t have to refer a woman in treatment for cancer. By sponsoring a gift bag in general, you can help a stranger feel empowered and uplifted through her special Sparkle Caps gift bag. We need your help to keep this going!
Our youngest recipient: 30
Our oldest recipient: 89
We mailed to KY, TX and NC.
OCTOBOOOER 2013 STATUS
Boring numbers—if only these were just numbers; BUT, each number represents a woman battling cancer.
For the 2nd time this year, WE have given out the most gift bags in a month: 39 Sparkle Caps gift bags. Our monthly average is now 30 gift bags. Thirty-nine – 39 – women sitting in chemo chairs being uplifted and empowered through these bags of blessings. Thirty-nine – 39 – women feeling tired at times; dealing with other side issues of cancer treatment; handling families and jobs (inside and outside the home); 39 women WE have helped on an individual basis.
WE is you who support Sparkle Caps through prayers, sponsorships, and donations of time and material. We could not do this without you, so we at Sparkle Caps are sending a bag of thank yous (and not candy) to each of you!
We also sent out 2 mini bags for a caregiver and a cancer patient and 1 mini child’s gift bag.
Our youngest recipients are both 27 and our oldest is 88.
We mailed to SC, NC, VT, W.VA, NY and WI.
SEPTEMBER 2013 STATUS
WHAT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER? Another higher-than average month—34 women traveling the cancer road were uplifted and empowered through our Sparkle Caps gift bags, together with 3 of their children.
Our youngest is a young mother of two; our oldest is a young 82 and just as cute as a button.
We received donations from three women of beautiful knit and crocheted caps (all going out in gift bags starting last month), and one vendor donated a large quantity of goodies for our mini goodies bags (what every woman needs in the chemo chair).
We received a sponsorship in lieu of flowers in memory of a co-worker’s mother. We received hands-on help from Vicki Everhart and Joe Rice. As we are being blessed at Sparkle Caps, we are able to help more and more women at such difficult times in their lives. Please be a part of the Sparkle Caps team in any way that you can!
AUGUST 2013 STATUS
NEW RECORDS SET: 500 – yes, 500 reached and surpassed–500 +++ Sparkle Caps gift bags into the hands of women in treatment for cancer.
Highest monthly outgo: 39 Sparkle Caps gift bags
Mini Children’s Gift Bags: 7
Caregiver’s Gift Bag: 1
Oldest recipient: 79 - Youngest recipient: 27
Mailed to 8 states: AL, KY, MO, NY, OH, PA, SC and VT. One recipient in NY heard about Sparkle Caps in a support group meeting and then from a co-worker. Yes, Sparkle Caps is being talked about in NY!
Including postage, it took well over $1,000 to get these bags of blessings into the hands of women who needed them, while supporting families at the same time.
THANK YOUS: The fundraising efforts of Rainbow Int’l. of Columbia and The SC State Court Reporters Association, together with individual sponsorships and a large donation from a Columbia church foundation, made this all possible. We also appreciate our two volunteers this month, who gave hands-on assistance in preparing material for the gift bags: Jo Rice (a court reporter) and Vicki Everhart (a gift bag recipient and member of the Sparkle Caps team). The court reporters’ fundraising efforts concluded this month, and we can never give enough thanks to Renee Tollison (court reporter and our webmaster) for spearheading these efforts.
JULY 2013 STATUS
HAVE WHEELS – WILL TRAVEL. Cart loaded and ready to go. We’re on the move to prepare gift bags on the spot. It could be at Chemo with Style in Sumter or Columbia. It could be SC Oncology Associates in Columbia.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags Given Out: 25
Caregiver’s mini gift bag: 1
Children’s mini gift bags: 3 (twin sisters 5 and brother 3)
Youngest recipient: 29
OCTOBER 2014 STATUS
Bags full of candy we did not give out. Bags full of empowering words and goods to uplift the spirits of women in treatment for cancer, 48 of those we gave out, our highest monthly total to date.
We also gave out gift bags for one family – the 17-year-old daughter is fighting leukemia, and we did a supportive caregiver’s bag for her mom and a support gift bag for her 13-year-old sister.
Our youngest adult recipient – 28
Our oldest adult recipient – 87
We mailed to MD, NC and FL
JULY 2014 STATUS
HOT, HOT and humid in SC. HOT, HOT at Sparkle Caps, too. Part of the message on our cap blessing tags is "Be blessed on your journey, and wear your cap proudly. Remember, you ARE a HOT CHICK, and you are a SURVIVOR."
July was busy with 44 Sparkle Caps bags going out, plus a family gift bag set including a caregiver bag for the husband and 2 mini gift bags for their children.
Our youngest recipient is 36 and our oldest is 83.
We mailed 2 gift bags to Columbia in order to get them into the hands of the two recipients before their next chemo treatment days away. We also mailed a gift bag to upstate SC, 1 to PA, 1 to GA, and 1 to HI. I wish I could have delivered that gift bag personally to our Hawaii recipient but it was not in the budget!
JUNE 2014 STATUS
OUR VEGGIE GARDEN GROWS and so does SPARKLE CAPS. We gave out 41 Sparkle Caps gift bags and 2 mini gift bags for caregivers.
Oldest recipient was 79; youngest 24.
Mailed to IL, CA and SC.
Our monthly average for 2013 was 32 gift bags. Our monthly average so far this year is 42.
MAY 2014 STATUS
God plants a seed of an idea with each of us. It germinates and grows. Life experiences act as food for the idea, helping it grow and grow. He waters the seeds through the years with blessings. And when He is ready, the idea comes into beautiful bloom. (Excerpt from letter #4, Sparkle Caps gift bag)
The Sparkle Caps Project was God’s answer to my prayer. To date, we have given out OVER 870 Sparkle Caps bags of blessings, in addition to 54 children’s mini gift bags and 29 mini gift bags to caregivers. We’ve come a long way from the 12 sparkle caps that I initially intended to give out.
Sparkle Caps gift bags: 36
Children’s Mini Gift Bags: 2
Mini / Combo Gift Bags: 2 (males with cancer)
Ages: 23 – 87
APRIL 2014 STATUS
APRIL SHOWERS bring beautiful flowers:
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 41
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 2
Mailed: SC and KY
Our recipients ranged in age from 29 to 83.
We received some wonderful donations of goodies for the gift bags this month. These donations make our gift bags even more special. We also received a wonderful, generous donation from a church foundation, which has kept us going. Finances were otherwise getting a bit slim.
March 20, 2014 – 501(c)(3) Status – Answer to Prayers
DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for all the prayers. WE DID IT! Praise be to God! He had our 501(c)(3) determination letter in hand and taken care of before I knew there was a problem. It was faxed to my accountant's office, and I drove over in my yard work clothes to get it. We had over 1600 views of our prayer request, so I hope 1600+ people said at least one prayer for Sparkle Caps. I am so excited. A miracle happened, and we were so blessed to have the IRS specialist Shawn Lawson getting it done! A huge, huge thank you to Senator Lindsey Graham, who was instrumental in our getting this so quickly after 15+ months of waiting. We ARE the charity for Rainbow's 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE PRAYERS!
FEBRUARY 2014 STATUS
BRRRRR! It’s cold outside; but with one of our crocheted caps tucked inside each Sparkle Caps gift bag, our recipients are facing the winter head on!
ANOTHER month high total: 47 Sparkle Caps gift bags given out to women battling cancer. Also, 3 mini gift bags for caregivers and 3 mini children’s gift bags to the young children of 2 of the moms receiving Sparkle Caps gift bags.
Our youngest was 15 (an exception to the age rule); our youngest adult 25 and our oldest 86.
Another exception: We mailed 1 Sparkle Caps gift bag to a recipient in the UK. We mailed to 3 to KY, 2 to ME; 2 in SC, 1 each to NC, NJ, OH and CA.
APRIL 2017 STATUS
Beautiful flowers blooming—what a magnificent time of the year! We had a lower outgo of Sparkle Caps gift bags but continued to be busy as we prepared to host Rainbow’s 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic and Auction on May 3rd.
Recipients receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 29 (2016 monthly average was 37)
Youngest Sparkle Caps Recipient: 37
Most Senior Recipient: 77
Thank you to all who help us keep Sparkle Caps moving forward through sponsorships, referrals, material and financial donations, and prayers, as we have now uplifted and empowered over 2,100 women (and about 10 men) on their cancer journeys.
MAY 2017 STATUS
BIG #S - In the last 5 months, we have been able to empower and uplift 172 women in treatment for various types of cancer. Here are the May #s ~
Women receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags: 41
Caregivers’ Mini Gift Bags: 2
Our youngest recipients: 21 and 29
Our most senior recipients: 75 and 79
Mailed Gift Bags: AL – 1; IL – 1; SC – 3
(We mail within the Continental U.S.)
We received 1/3rd of our anticipated financial need for 2017 through Rainbow’s 7th Annual Charity Golf Classic and Auction. That leaves 2/3rds for us to raise throughout the year. Our cost for May’s Sparkle Caps gift bags was $1230. I am continually amazed to see how Sparkle Caps has grown through these 6 ½ years. When one says something is “a labor of love,” I sure do understand because Sparkle Caps is “a labor of love AND blessings.”
JUNE 2017 STATUS
We slowed down a bit this month on our outgo of gift bags, but our Sparkle Caps gift bags continue blessing women in treatment for cancer of any type. Here are the numbers for June:
Women receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags - 33
Our youngest recipients: 35 and 36
Our most senior recipients: 78 and 80
Mailed: NC – 1
We have a new volunteer on board. Mona and her two young children are helping us out while her mom, who is a recipient of one of our gift bags, is in treatment at SC Oncology. They numbered and added stickers to 600 envelopes. This is a great big help for me, and I am so appreciative!
Our wonderful supporters at Regal Prints—Eileen and her husband—continue to help us by printing labels and our gift bag tags. Eileen goes the extra mile by cutting each sheet of 4 bag tags into individual tags and then hole punching. Wow, does that save me time and money.
My sister-in-law Nancy shipped more angels to us this month. This second or third round she shipped to us was a wallop paloozer. Her beautifully handcrafted angels are an integral part of the support we provide in the Sparkle Caps gift bags.
Kira and Rita continue to provide Sparkle Caps with wonderful knit / crocheted caps.
Thank you to all who help us get Sparkle Caps bags of blessings into the hands of women at a difficult time in their lives.
Photo Descriptions: No matter what we are going through, God provides blessings every day. Sometimes we just have to open our eyes and look. These are miniature sunflowers and rosemary, with marigolds and some wild flowers in the lower photo.
SEPTEMBER 2016 STATUS
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 35
Children's Mini Gift Bags: 1
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 2
Mailed to ~ AL (1), SC (5), WV (1)
Youngest Recipients: 29, 32, 35
Senior Recipients: 77, 80, 81
JUNE 2016 STATUS
BIG #S - In the last 6 months, we have been able to empower and uplift 228 women in treatment for various types of cancer. Here are the June #s ~
Women receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags – 41
Our youngest recipients: 34 and 37
Our most senior recipients: 78 and 79
Gift Bag Mailing: SC (1)
MAY 2016 STATUS
In the last 5 months, we have been able to empower and uplift 187 women in treatment for various types of cancer. Here are the May #s ~
Women receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags – 37
Caregiver's Mini Gift Bag: 2
Our youngest recipients: 30 and 34
Our most senior recipients: 75 and 83
We have been blessed to receive financial and material donations, which help stretch the Sparkle Caps dollars. Thank you for your prayers and support in all ways.
1) Betty Lewis’ quilt, which was auctioned at Rainbow’s 6th Annual Charity Golf Classic and Auction; 2) Gary working on our candy bags (the candies help alleviate the tin-like taste that comes with some chemos.
APRIL 2016 STATUS
APRIL SHOWERS AND BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS. I got a chance to catch my breath after the prior three incredibly busy months. Here are the numbers:
25 Sparkle Caps gift bags given out to women in cancer treatment
1 mini gift bag for a baby
Oldest recipients – 70 and 83
Youngest recipients – 32 and 34
We mailed a gift bag to a recipient in PA.
We have given out almost 1660 Sparkle Caps gift bags to date to women in treatment for cancer, 76 mini gift bags to caregivers (or others under special circumstances), and 84 mini gift bags to children.
Please check out our website at www.SparkleCapsProject.com for information on how to sponsor gift bags and other ways to help with this outreach.
Thanks, Susan "Victorious"
APRIL 1, 2016
THANK YOU to those who helped raise $350 for the Friends of Sparkle Caps Project sign, which will be placed on a specialty hole at the 6th Annual Rainbow Charity Golf Classic and Auction. Susan “Victorious”
MARCH 2016 STATUS
Spring has sprung; the yellow SC dusting is gone; and the azaleas and iris are blooming. It's a beautiful time!
We were super busy for the third month in a row. Here are our statistics:
41 Sparkle Caps gift bags went to women in treatment for cancer
1 mini gift bag was given out
No gift bags were mailed
Youngest recipient: 36
Oldest recipient: 85
Thanks for the support, views, likes, donations--material and financial--and most of all, prayers.
FEBRUARY 2016 STATUS
It has been very busy so far this year with Sparkle Caps bags of blessings being delivered into the hands of women in treatment for cancer of any type. My wonderful hubby Gary has been helping out. (See photos.) Here are our February numbers:
Sparkle Caps gift bags – 43
Mini Gift Bags – 3
Youngest: 23, 29 and 29
Most Senior: 79, 80 and 82 – and all decades in between
Mailing: We mailed 9 gift bags within SC.
I am also working on the 6th Annual Rainbow Charity Golf Classic and Auction, as Sparkle Caps has been chosen for the 4th year in a row to be the host charity. The committee has selected three young mothers who will benefit from this tournament and auction.
As soon as I get crocheted / knit caps in, they are going out in gift bags for women fighting breast and gynecological cancers. If anyone can help with these types of hats, please contact me through private message or surprise me with some caps. It would be so appreciated by the recipients and me. Mailing address is Sparkle Caps Project, c/o Susan Heimbigner, 921 Pelham Drive, Sumter, SC 29154-9105.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU? If you would like to get one of these Sparkle Caps gift bags into the hands of a family member, friend, co-employee, neighbor, et al, please check out the “How to Sponsor” tab on this website. You can make payment with your credit card through PayPal. You can also help a woman you do not know through a general sponsorship or make a financial donation. If you would like to make a material donation, please check out the tab “Additional Needs.” Gift bags are $30 each (my cost), plus $10 toward postage if to be mailed. Sparkle Caps will pick up any additional postage, if applicable, in order to keep the cost of each gift bag down.
1) My sweet hubby Gary working on one of our gift bag enclosures - snack baggies, each containing 5 butterscotch candies, which help with the tin-like taste that can result from chemo. 2) 18 gift bags headed for SC Oncology - the 1st delivery of the week, plus 6 bags headed out for mailing. 3) March 3 - gift bags for 11 women in treatment for cancer at SC Oncology - the 2nd delivery for the week.
FEB RUARY 2016
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sparkle Caps Project has been blessed to be selected as the Host Charity for the 6th Annual Rainbow International Charity Golf Classic (for the 4th year in a row), which is scheduled for May 10th. We hope to benefit TWO to THREE YOUNG MOTHERS WITH LATE-STAGE CANCER.
JANUARY 2016 (BRRRR) STATUS
Well, we finally got winter in SC, and it is cold! Cold to us is in the 60s daytime, but it has gone down to the 30s. No sticking snow yet.
Sparkle Caps referrals had me on my toes this month. Here’s part of the reason why:
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags gifted to women in treatment for any type of cancer – 47
Child’s Mini Gift Bag – 1
Caregiver’s Gift Bag – 1
We mailed gift bags to recipients in MO, TN and SC.
WONDERFUL NEWS! Sparkle Caps is blessed to be the charity host for the 6th Annual Rainbow Charity Golf Classic and Auction, to be held on May 10th. This is our 4th year serving as same.
OCTOBER 2015 STATUS
First, we lost two wonderful women this month, both who were fighting metastasized breast cancer. Angela Mayson and Hope Parente were both past recipients of Rainbow's Annual Charity Golf Tournaments. Angela leaves behind a devoted husband and two teenage children, and Hope leaves behind a devoted husband and four young children.
Cancer makes me mad! It makes no sense. It does not discriminate! We do what we can at Sparkle Caps Project to make the journeys a little more bearable for women fighting cancer, offering hope, encouragement, support, and so much more as we uplift each with a bag of blessings.
Gift bag sponsorships and donations have been made to Sparkle Caps in Angela's memory. Through October, we have given out four gift bags to women in treatment for metastasized breast cancer, with many more to follow. Each of those bags contained a copy of the book she co-wrote, "No Regrets." Angela will continue to inspire others through her story, her journey, her courage and strength.
No matter how difficult the battle, I never saw a picture of Hope without one of her beautiful smiles. At one of the Rainbow Charity Golf Tournaments, I watched this Wonder Woman hit the golf ball straight down the fairway, while many of the male golfers were pinging their balls off the trees lining the fairway. She was one tough woman, fighting with courage and strength.
20 Sparkle Caps gift bags
Youngest Recipient: 31
Oldest Recipient: 83
We mailed to HI (1), SC (1), WI (1) and WV (1).
May you each have a blessed day, each and ever day, because each and every day is a PRESENT from God.
Picture Descriptions: (Top) Angela Mayson; (Bottom) Hope and Dave Parente
SEPTEMBER 2015 STATUS
We slowed down a bit from our very high of August, but it was still a very good month:
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 32
Mini Gift Bags: 1
Child’s Mini Gift Bag: 1
Mailed to ~ FL (1), NY (1) and WV (2)
Youngest Recipient: 21
Oldest Recipient: 81
Thank you to all who help us keep Sparkle Caps going, as we uplift and empower women on the cancer journey. Susan “Victorious”
PICTURE DESCRIPTIONS: (Top) Veggies from our garden. It is the greatest feeling to pick fresh vegetables that we grew ourselves. (Bottom) As a cancer survivor, I have become more aware of healthy eating, meaning I eat a lot less ice cream and a whole lot more fruits and veggies. This turned out to be the best tasting veggie/salad dish!
APRIL 2013 STATUS and GIFT BAG #400
Gift bag #400 is going to recipient L.M., who has colon cancer. She and her husband are 20 weeks into their first pregnancy. L.M. will start chemo in May.
We gave out 37 Sparkle Caps gift bags; 2 to the young children of 2 of the moms; and 1 baby-on-the-way gift bag. We mailed to AZ, CA, GA, MA, SC and VA. Our youngest recipient is in her 20s—the oldest 83.
Our recipients: 22 breast cancer, 1 recurrent breast cancer, 2 recurrent with metastasis; 1 pancreatic, 1 colon, 2 lymphoma, 2 lung, 1 pre-leukemia, 2 multiple myeloma, 1 renal and 2 gallbladder.
We have helped 400 women to date—that is unbelievable to me since I started out with the intention of doing 12 gift bags. Thank you to all of you who help make this possible through your sponsorships and material donations. God bless. Love, Susan “Victorious”
JANUARY 2014 STATUS
WHOA!!! Snow in South Carolina. NO! BIGGER WHOA TO OUR JANUARY NUMBERS!!!! January saw FORTY-SEVEN – 47 – women helped through our Sparkle Caps gift bags. We topped our highest in Dec. by 5 and our prior highest in Oct. by 8. Thank goodness for some volunteer help the last couple months!
Our youngest recipient was 32; our oldest 81.
We mailed within SC, MD, TN, ME, NY, WI, AL, and CA, and I made an exception and mailed a mini gift bag to a very deserving woman and her young son who live in the UK.
Let me share this recently-received thank you note: “I can’t begin to express to you how excited I was to receive a gift bag. My 1st chemo was horrible and really did not want to go back. When my nurse handed me this gift bag, I felt like a child in a candy store. You made me feel so special and important. I love my devotion books and will treasure them. I hope that I can be an inspiration to other people the way you have to me. I will wear my hat with pride.” (Sorry, I cannot read her signature.)
This is what Sparkle Caps is all about! We need your help to keep up with these growing numbers. You can donate time, material goods, sponsor a gift bag specifically for someone or sponsor a gift bag in general, which means helping more women at the treatment center.
Please see our website and the tabs “How to Sponsor” and “Additional Needs” or send a check or box of goodies to The Sparkle Caps Project, c/o Susan Heimbigner, 921 Pelham Drive, Sumter, SC 29154-9105. www.SparkleCapsProject.com Thank you. Susan “Victorious”
Photo captions L-R: 1) Our veggie garden waiting for Spring 2) Gary will have fun getting the wood out for our fire. Have to keep warm! 3) Susan "Victorious" in 2010. This is where our Sparkle Caps gift bag recipients need to be - looking like the HOT CHICKS that we are in our Sparkle Caps!!!
SPARKLE CAPS – 2016 in the REARVIEW MIRROR and a PEAK into 2017 with some EXCITING NEWS!
Original Goal in October 2010: To give out 12 little bags with sparkle caps to women in treatment for breast cancer.
Each of the following statistics is a number, and each number represents a woman in treatment for cancer of any type. Our youngest recipient was 15; our oldest was 93.
STATISTICS for 2016:
Monthly average: 37 Sparkle Caps Gift Bags
39 with the addition of Caregivers’ and Children’s Mini Gift Bags
Highest Monthly Outgo: 57
Lowest Monthly Outgo: 26
Mailed: AL (3), KY (4), MI (1), MN (1), MO (1), NC (2), OH (1), PA (1), SC (22), TN (1), WV (1)
(We get around)
Most Senior Recipient: 91
Youngest Recipient: 19
TOTAL Given Out to Date: 1998 + 169 minis
Mailed to: 34 states
Breast cancer turned into a blessing for me, because I have been able to deliver gift bags to almost 2,000 women in treatment for cancer—such a difficult time in each one’s life. I will be a 7-year survivor next month, and I have been administering Sparkle Caps for 6 years and 4 months.
EXCITING NEWS: I am so honored to announce that The Sparkle Caps Project has been chosen, for the 5th year in a row, as the Host Charity for the now 7th Annual Rainbow International Charity Golf Classic, to be held May 3rd.
THANK YOUS: Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and prayer partners.
Thank you to Rainbow International (Columbia, SC). Ninety percent of the net proceeds of each tournament has been given to the beneficiaries, who have been young mothers battling late-stage breast cancer. Almost 1/3rd of our yearly income comes from that tournament and our table proceeds.
Another huge thank you to a Columbia church foundation for its yearly donation and another business (QG) for its monthly financial support.
Regal Prints has been donating its printing services for bag tags and labels for several years now. Glenda has been making our sparkle cap blessing tags. Nancy makes our beautiful angels (for each type of breast cancer). So many people donated books to Sparkle Caps. Renee N. has donated material supplies. Renee T. is our webmaster. We have book and cap vendors who have given us special rates for all the books we have bought, and our cap vendor Alabama Girl has added donated caps during the year, which have been added as extras to our gift bags.
Another shout out to Rita (a new supplier) and Kira, who are the makers of our crocheted / knit caps. Michael, Glenda and Gary helped me stuff envelopes when I sent out the SOS. My husband Gary is my supporter, my sounding board, and helper.
Last, thank you to the infusion nurses at SC Oncology and the nurse navigators at Palmetto Health Baptist Breast Center for all their referrals. I could not do this without them.
If you’d like to be a part of The Sparkle Caps Project, please check out the “How to Sponsor” tab or “Additional Needs” tab. Please message me with suggestions, offers of help or questions.
Thank you! Susan “Victorious” – Victorious over cancer! Victorious in God!
JANUARY 2017 STATUS
Where did January go!? With a slower outgo of gift bags this month, I had time to stop and smell the roses, except there were no roses.
Sparkle Caps Gift Bags given out: 25
Children's Mini Gift Bags: 0
Caregivers' Mini Gift Bags: 0
Mailed to ~ CO (1)
Youngest Recipients: 20, 27, 28
Senior Recipients: 71, 72, 94
Photo Description: Loaded up for delivery of gift bags to SC Oncology for referred patients
JULY 2017 STATUS
We slowed down quite a bit this month—our lowest outgo of Sparkle Caps gift bags this year. Regardless, Sparkle Caps gift bags continue blessing women in treatment for cancer of any type. Here are the numbers for July:
Women receiving Sparkle Caps Gift Bags – 20
Caregiver’s Mini Gift Bag: 1
Our youngest recipients: 35 and 40
Our most senior recipients: 73 and 82
Mailed to KY (2); AL (1)
I would like to tell you a little something about our oldest recipient. She was sitting in the chemo chair while her husband sat with her during the entire treatment. I could see them at the end of the row of chairs as they were in my line of sight as I prepared gift bags at the table at SC Oncology (“SCOA”). After his wife finished chemo and disappeared for awhile, he approached me and said, “You look pretty busy. What do you do?” I explained and asked if he would like a gift bag for his wife. After we talked for a few minutes, I told him I would prepare it that afternoon and leave it with her chemo nurse—they were going to be back at SCOA the next day. He was so excited, he went to the chemo nurse to tell her that I was doing a gift bag for his wife and they would pick it up next day. How wonderful it was for me to give beautiful seniors husband and wife a smile and something to look forward to. She is on a difficult journey! He so loves his beautiful wife!
Would you like to sponsor a gift bag or help in a financial or material way? Please check out the following tabs on our website at www.sparklecapsproject.com: “How to Sponsor” and “Additional Needs.”