Books and Puppy Drive 2016!

Mathaus’ Gifts delivered the books, stuffed animals and balloons for our annual donation drive today in celebration of Mathaus’ 7th birthday!
Such a huge thank you to everyone that donated!!
We stopped by the Half-Pint Library first. It was great to meet the women we will be working with as a part of Dell Children’s new program, Good Book Good Medicine.  They were running low on books and very appreciative for the new books to restock the shelves. We had a great selection of books this year to give! There was a variety for all age ranges and bilingual books too.
It was also exciting to see how many of the books matched the stuffed animals! There were so many cute sets we gave out!

Our next stop was on the 4th floor, the hematology/oncology unit at Dell Children’s, it was so good to see familiar and loving smiles on the floor! There were 16 kiddos admitted for the day. The first little cutie loved stuffed “lovies” and she took her time choosing just the perfect one. Her first choice was a big soft fluffy pink puppy, but with so many how can a girl choose just one?! She had her eye on a turtle and penguin, but settled on a fun zebra! We gave her the matching book and a bright pink star balloon! You could tell she enjoyed making a selection and her mom said it made her day! Yay!!
There was another sweetie that ventured out of her room. She had just seen Nemo for the first time and picked a cute Nemo fish, a matching book set and an orange balloon!  It’s always so fun sweet when its a perfect match.
There was a little guy that loved Grover and was very excited about getting a blue balloon!
A couple of mamas came out and made some picks for there sleeping little ones. One choose a cute puppy and ‘I Love Puppies’ book and another got excited over a sweet Poo bear and Poo book!
We loaded the nurses down for the rest of the patients that couldn’t make it out!

From there we met with the palliative care team and gave them some fun books to give to their patients.  They appreciated having a variety of books to offer their kids.  These books will be used by volunteers to read to patients.

Funny story, just to add, we brought Mathaus’ puppy with us and several people had to look twice and commented because they thought it was real! It was of course a stuffed puppy that we had received at one of his many stays at the hospital.  It has been with us through out his journey and is with us still.

Lots of love and sweetness was spread today!!

We know everyone has many choices when making donations at this time of year and we greatly appreciate you choosing to donate to our special event! Your donations brought a smile to kids today and a bright spot during a hospital stay!

Thank you for your amazing support!

 

 

Good Book Good Medicine

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Mathaus’ Gifts has been invited by Dell Children’s Medical Center to be included in their new program, Good Book Good Medicine! We are very excited to say we will be one of the primary annual donors for the Half Pint Library, located inside the resource center at Dell Children’s Medical Center!  We will be donating new books to the library to ensure the shelves stay stocked and that during a hospital stay patients and their siblings are each able to choose one or two books from the library to take home.

In honor of Mathaus’ birthday, Mathaus’ Gifts has had an annual event to donate books, movies, stuffed animals and balloons to Dell Children’s.  We are thrilled to now be an official sustaining donor! We are looking forward to continuing this special event!

For more information on the resource center at Dell Children’s here is a link.  https://www.dellchildrens.net/patient-and-family-resources/family-resource-center/

Mathaus’ Gifts Puppies, Books and Movies Drive!!

It’s time again for Mathaus’ Gifts Puppies, Books and Movies Drive!!

This is a great opportunity to get your kiddos involved and reach out to your community! We are asking for donations of NEW stuffed animals and like new books and movies which will be donated to the children at Dell Children’s Medical Center. The stuffed animals will be given, along with a balloon, to the children admitted to the hospital. The books and movies will be donated to the Half Pint Library located in Dell Children’s and to the Central Blood and Cancer Center Clinic.
The movies are available to use anytime while children are admitted and the children are able to select books for free to take home. It makes long days at the hospital and clinic go by a little faster reading stories and watching your favorite movies.
Last year was a huge success; let’s see if we can’t break our record of 379 books, 76 animals and 46 movies!! Share with your friends, co-workers, Girl and Boy Scout troops, churches and temples and let’s spread the word!!!!

The deadline is May 15th.  To make arrangements for pick up of items, please call 512-966-0957.

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Cure Search Walk Austin 2014

Mathaus’ Gifts Team had so much fun at Austin’s Cure Search Walk 2014!  Despite the chilly weather we had a great turnout of superheros for the walk along the beautiful Mueller Park.  Mathaus’ Gifts raised over $650.00 towards innovative pediatric cancer research!!

Cure Search for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children’s cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems.

Thank you to those that donated and those of you that came out to the walk despite the chilly weather to honor, remember and find a cure for childhood cancer!

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Cure Search Austin Walk for Pediatric Cancer Research!

Cure Search walk is November 15th! Many of you have came out to join us for the Cure Search Walk in the past and we would love to have a big showing this year for Mathaus’ Gifts and we want you there!!! If you haven’t come out before, this is the year!! The walk is at the beautiful Mueller Park in Austin November 15th at 10:00am! It’s easy to join, just click the link below and select donate now OR our join team. It’s only $10 for adults to walk and kids can walk for free. It is a fun family event with lots of activities for the kids including the Bat-mobile, snacks, face painting and games!

Mathaus’ Gifts is currently in 5th place, let’s stay in the top 5!  If you are not able to walk please consider making an investment and contribution, funds go to RESEARCH for pediatric cancer! Our son Mathaus died from cancer because there were no other treatment options available, I no longer want that to be the reality for kids that are still fighting! Even the smallest amount is important!

Join our team or create your own! Our team is Mathaus’ Gifts.  It would be great to have you all there! The location is great and it will be a lot of fun!  To register clink the link below and select the register button.  It will ask if you would like to join an existing team, click show all and you will find Mathaus’ Gifts on the list, select join team and continue with registration.
http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1092178

If you prefer to make a contribution but are not able to walk this year, simply click donate on our team page.  http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1092178&lis=1&kntae1092178=E548C159E4544349931D305C4D832294&team=5860852

We look forward to seeing you there!!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

An Enchanting Afternoon Tea

Mathaus’ Gifts Cherished Memories Vintage Tea was a spectacular success!
It was a truly enchanting afternoon full of laughter, a few tears, an abundance of generosity with an energetic group of ladies and gentlemen that came ready to bid. Mathaus’ Gifts exceeded our goal to raise $3,000 for families of children with cancer! Thank you for making this possible!

The ladies attending the tea raved about our photographer Doc List! He made everyone feel so comfortable behind the camera and the images he took are stunning! Doc List Photography has very generously offered 50% of all proceeds from sales of digital downloads and physical products will be donated to Mathaus’ Gifts! To view and purchase your Cherished Memories Vintage Tea photos follow this link.

http://www.doclistphotography.com/mathaus-gifts-tea-party-2014

Please contact Doc List for family photos and your special events, http://www.doclistphotography.com/.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Emily Cousins, our fantastic emcee of the event. You can find find Emily on Song Writers Across Texas on the CW Austin.

A special thank you to Goodness Gracious China for providing the beautiful china tea service for the event. Please consider Goodness Gracious for your next event to add a touch of whimsy, romance or elegance. www.goodnessgraciouschina.com

Sugar Muffins Bakery impressed our guests by providing a beautiful and delicious variety of cupcakes!  They were topped with gold ribbons and butterflies specially created for Mathaus’ Gifts.  Thank you Sugar Muffins Bakery!   http://www.sugarmuffinsbakery.com/ 

We also must thank Marshall Graphix for our logo and banners. Marshall Graphix has been wonderful to work with showing professionalism, creativity and quality, http://www.marshallgraphix.com/.

Thank you to our special guests, your presence made this day fun and unforgettable! Your contribution and gifts will make a difference.

Our first major fundraising event

Mathaus’ Gifts is hosting a Vintage Tea Party Benefit with all proceeds going to families of children with cancer.

There will be door prizes and an impressive selection of silent auction items with the theme of “Making Cherished Memories”! Tickets include a lovely three course meal, a special hot tea service and great company for a very worthy cause! We would love for you to join us at this important event!

It will be held on July 5, 2014 from 3:00pm – 6:00pm at The Westin Hotel in the Domain (map).

Examples of the silent auction items include Massage Envy, The Austin Aquarium, Alamo Draft House, Lone Star River Boat, and Doc List Photography. It’s going to be exciting, and there will be lots of wonderful things for you to bid on!

Our photographer, Doc List, will not only be taking pictures during the event, but will also be doing “red carpet” photography. Anyone interested in purchasing images or a package from Doc will be able to do so at the Tea Party.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance:

 

Mathaus’ Gifts would like to extend our gratitude to these amazing sponsors and donors of the Mathaus’ Gifts Cherished Memories Vintage Tea!
 
Lisa & Terence Owens
Marshall Graphix
Goodness Gracious China
Silver Leaf Resorts
Executive Chef Windle Grissett
Doc Photography
Cedar Park Jewelry
Austin Aquarium
Cleaning Green
Barnett & Associates
The Westin Austin Domain
Certified Yoga Therapist Jessica Marquez
Castle Hill Fitness Center
Massage Envy
Dr. Jo Yoga
Austin Zoo
Lone Star Riverboat
The Thinkery
Amy’s Ice Cream
Sugar Muffins Bakery
Playland Skate Center
Painting with a Twist
Shore Club Volente Beach
Fantasy Cakes
Alamo Drafthouse
Living Waters on Lake Travis
Craftylas Creations
Driskill Hotel
Marguerite St. Germain
Allen Lea
Flute Mellifluent
Fantasy Cakes
LH Designs
The Melting Pot
Painting with a Twist
Texican Cafe
Herbalife – Sandra Ochoa

THANK YOU for supporting families of children with cancer!!