This is re-posted from dad's original blog post here.
It's hard to believe that it's year 3 of the Tenley Project™.
What started as a simple lesson in 2010 has turned into nothing short
of extraordinary because of the generosity of friends and strangers from
around the globe -- you can read the original story of how this all got
started here if you're interested.
This year I'm going to start at the end of last year.
to the generosity of all of you, Tenley delivered over 50 American Girl
dolls to Children's Hospital on Christmas morning last year.
her way through the lobby of Children's Hospital while carrying bags of
dolls to the volunteer office, Tenley noticed the little girl in this
picture sitting with her family on one of the benches, enjoying the
sunlight in the atrium. Tenley asked if she could deliver this little
girl a doll and we told her that she absolutely could.
went back into the volunteer office where all of the dolls where
located and searched through the bags of dolls until she located one
that she felt was perfect for this little girl. She grabbed the bag and
made her way across the lobby, heading straight for the girl without
any hesitation, regardless of the fact that the girl was hooked up to a
fairly significant amount of medical equipment that trailed behind her
on a rolling rack.
When Tenley went to hand the doll to
the girl and asked the parents permission to do so, she discovered that
not a single person int he family, including the little girl, spoke
English -- no one was able to answer her. Undeterred, Tenley put down
the bag, opened the American Girl box, removed the doll, and handed the
doll directly to the little girl, taking care not to disturb any of the
lines or tubes that attached her to the equipment.
girl looked questioningly at Tenley for a moment, not entirely sure what
to do with the unexpected gift and Tenley smiled at her and motioned
with her hands that the doll was, in fact, a gift. Disbelievingly, the
little girl slowly wrapped her arms around the doll and lit up with a
huge smile that was infectious to not only Tenley, but to the rest of
the adults around observing, including the parents of the little girl.
Words, as they say, were not required.
This year in
2012, I'm proud to support my daughter's efforts to again bring
happiness to children at Children's Hospital in Denver. In sharing this
story over the past year, we find ourselves again lucky enough to have
an anonymous donor that is upping the level and will match
dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000.00 in donations with the matching
donation delivered as a cash donation to Children's Hospital -- for
every dollar that is donated to purchase a doll, the hospital gets a
dollar in cash.
I was recently involved in a charity
event where the founder of the charity explained that in his studies,
one of the biggest things that people complained about with charities
was the fact that not 100% of the donation goes to the charity itself.
Rest assured that for the Tenley Project™,
not only does 100% of the donation amount go to buy dolls, but I
personally cover the sales tax and any gaps between the amounts donated
and the actual purchase price of the doll; add in the anonymous matching
cash donation, and it's safe to say that around 210% of the cash
donations go to charity.
As with previous years: if you
feel inspired to participate in giving something to someone to make
their holiday season more enjoyable, I certainly hope that you do so.
If you find yourself inspired to donate my daughter's project, you can
do so on the donation page of the Tenley Project™ website --
any amount is appreciated greatly (and don't forget that every single
dollar donated for a doll is matched with a dollar cash donation that
goes direct to the hospital). I know the economy is tough and if you
find yourself not in a position to be able to donate to this or any
other charity this season, I would ask that you do me the great favor of
sharing the Tenley Project™ on Twitter, Facebook, your own blog, or any
other means at your disposal to spread the word.
-- This is one from me to you: giving really does reset your brain to
realize that there is more than enough and that you have more than
enough. I've admitted before and will admit again that I have found
tons of reasons in the past not to give, and I know that the economy is
still really tough and that the path of least resistance is not to give
at all. Over the last 2 years of working on this project, I have been
inspired by those that have given, even those that have only been able
to contribute a little, which reinforces the simple fact that it is more
important than ever to give when it is hardest to do so. As always,
this is just no-bullshit advice from me. No strings attached and not
any sort of pitch to get you to participate in my daughter's project.