Hopelink Food Drive, Dec. 2017: Spark Your Heart has partnered with Hopelink to put together a "pop-up" donation location at the Re/Max Alliance location in Sammamish, WA. This donation location is collecting food items and toiletries throughout the month of December.
Toy Drive for Seattle Children's Hospital, May 2013: Child Psychology teacher at Redmond High School, Heather Chadwick, partnered with Spark Your Heart to hold a toy drive for Seattle Children's Hospital. Mrs. Chadwick's students worked to collect over 300 toy donations!
Assisting a Local Family in Crisis, Jul.-Aug. 2013: Spark Your Heart inspired the community to come together to collect basic necessities for a local family who lost their home and belongings to a house fire. The community donated various items, including food, kitchen items like utensils and dishes, clothing, and gift cards/cash. The total amount of money donations delivered to the Follett Family was $4,500. (www.patch.com/washington/redmond/follett-family-donation-page)
Go Red for Women Event, Feb. 2013: Spark Your Heart worked with Seattle Pacific University to conduct a week-long "scavenger hunt" during the awareness month for Go Red for Women. The scavenger hunt included informational checkpoints for students, raising awareness of women's heart health.
Visiting Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Dec. 2012: Through Spark Your Heart, Miss Washington International 2013 was able to visit children at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, sharing crowns and wands with patients in various inpatient settings.
Spanish Letters and Care Packages to Military Overseas, March 2012: Redmond High School's Spanish Club, under the direction of Ms. Ashley Raji and Ms. Linda Shadley, partnered with Spark Your Heart to collect hundreds of items for care packages and write letters to servicemen and women. The team packed 14 support boxes full of magazines, snacks, toiletries, and other essentials, which along with the letters touched the lives of over 150 Marines. Some servicemen and women even responded to our letters/packages with thanks! (www.anysoldier.com)
Tent City Donations, Dec. 2013: Spark Your Heart inspired the community to come together and donate blankets, food, and toiletries to homeless individuals residing in Tent City 4 at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Sammamish, WA.
Letters to USS Carl Vinson: In 2011, Spark Your Heart inspired the Redmond High School Cheerleading team to give back by writing thankful and encouraging letters to servicemen and women serving on the USS Carl Vinson.
Hats Off for Cancer Hat Drive: Spark Your Heart in collaboration with the Redmond chapter of Girl Talk (owned and led by Jillian) worked to collect numerous hats for those battling cancer. (www.hatsoffforcancer.org)
Change for Adoption Drive: Spark Your Heart and Redmond's chapter of Girl Talk collected change for local adoption agencies in Washington.
Race for the Cure 2011, 2012: Walking/running in the Race for the Cure and raising awareness for the organization through social media.
Hopelink Food Drive: Spark Your Heart partnered with Chaplin's VW in Bellevue, WA to collect non-perishable food items for Hopelink.
Teddy Bear Drive and Stella & Dot Fundraiser, Nov. 2011: Spark Your Heart in collaboration with the Redmond chapter of Girl Talk held a teddy bear drive and Stella & Dot fundraiser at Sorrento's Coffee in Redmond, WA. Approximately 45 teddy bear donations were brought to Seattle Children's Hospital, and a portion of the proceeds from Stella & Dot sales funded uncompensated care through the Spark Your Little Heart Guild with Seattle Children's Hospital.
Spreading Holiday Joy to Fairwinds Residents, Dec. 2011: Spark Your Heart and the Redmond chapter of Girl Talk constructed over 135 hand-written notes paired with candy canes to deliver to residents at Fairwinds Retirement Center in Redmond, WA for the holidays.
Expanding Your Horizons Workshop, March 2012: Spoke on behalf of Spark Your Heart at the 30th annual Expanding Your Horizons Workshop at Bellevue College to promote the importance of being involved in and giving back to your community.
Seattle Union Gospel Mission Benefit, April 2012 : Spoke about the importance of empowering today's youth to make a difference in their communities while supporting Seattle Union Gospel Mission through the Jazz Fest benefit at Matthew's Winery in Woodinville, WA.
Harbor Crest Hospital Clothing Collection, May 2012: Spark Your Heart partnered with the community to collect infant clothing for ages 0-3 months to donate to expectant mothers in need through a program at Harbor Crest Hospital. Together with the community, 58 gently used items were collected, along with 30 new baby items, 6 containers of formula, baby food, a large box of newborn diapers, and a bouncer/rocker.
Build-a-Bear Donations Fulfilling a Birthday Wish, May 2012: Christian Duhamel was inspired by Spark Your Heart to hold a teddy bear and stuffed animal drive for his 30th birthday at Build-a-Bear Workshop in Bellevue, WA. All donations made at the workshop were delivered to Seattle Children's Hospital.
Build-a-Bear Donation, Sept. 2012: High School student, Asya Lee, partnered Heart to create bears and stuffed animals to donate to Seattle Children's Hospital.