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From Davenne Essif: I am using the Joyful Mamas' website to host a community fundraiser for UNC Children's Hospital. Many patient rooms are in great need of new chairs. Parents use these chairs as well as hospital staff when they are called upon to stay with a sick child or baby.  And since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-room comfort has become even more essential to parents' and children's well-being. Important new hospital regulations limit visitors to one at a time and keep patients and visitors primarily confined to their rooms, adding new challenges for parents at the hospital.

To Children's Grant Fund (349313)

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The Story:

Over the summer, our 2-month-old son Cailan was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. This diagnosis led us to three separate stays at UNC Children's Hospital.

I cannot say enough how positive our experience was with all the caregivers!

But I struggled a great deal with the glider chair in our first room.

Over the course of our 5-day stay, I spent countless hours in that chair, nursing, and comforting our little guy. Yet most of that time was spent stiff and motionless because the bumping and creaking were so disruptive to Cailan's already broken sleep.

The nurses and nursing assistants understood my frustration

and said that they have been asking for new chairs,

but the budget has been stretched thin as a result of COVID-19.

I realized that I wasn't the only one affected by this chair.

So many people--patients, parents, nursing staff, and more--use these chairs and, ideally, find comfort in them.

So let's help!

To Children's Grant Fund (349313)

To Children's Grant Fund (349313)

The initial proposed budget for replacing chairs on Floor 6 (the floor with the most need) was $6,500.

That is our goal.

There are two ways to make your tax-deductible donation:

1) A monetary gift made directly to UNC Children's,

2) By "purchasing" an artwork below created by Davenne Essif, Debbie Essif, Linda Johnsen, Ewan Toscano,

Lilly Chavez-Johnson (age 10), or Sofia Chavez-Johnsen (age 7).

 

Any donation small or large will go a long way toward

making parents and children more comfortable during their stay(s) at the hospital.

Please Note: Your donations will be made in your name, not Joyful Mamas'. All donations will receive a tax receipt from UNC.

Thank you!!

$3,220 funded!

$6,500 goal

Three chairs purchased... and counting!

(Total last updated May 4, 2021)

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Card Set

(Butterfly)

An original set of three (3) greeting cards in ink and watercolor by

Davenne Essif.

(Limited supply.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$20

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Watercolor Painting (Flamingo)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

9 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$30

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Acrylic Painting (Green, Blush, Gold)

An original acrylic painting with faux gold leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 12 x 12 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Painting (Blush Pink, Green drips)

An orginal acrylic painting with faux gold leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 16 x 20 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$115

Watercolor Painting (Ink Tree)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

12 x 8.75 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$35

Acrylic on Canvas

(Trees in Winter)

An original acrylic painting with glitter and faux silver leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 24 x 30 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$160

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Card Set

(Bird)

An original set of three (3) greeting cards in ink and watercolor by

Davenne Essif.

(Limited supply.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$20

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Watercolor Painting (Still Life)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

(More images available

upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$

Acrylic Painting (Green Trees)

An original acrylic painting with glitter  on canvas by Linda Johnsen.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$150

Acrylic Painting (Black, Gray, Gold)

An original acrylic painting with faux gold leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 24 x 30 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$80

Framed Photo

(Playdough Sphere)

A photograph of an original playdough creation by Sofia Chavez-Johnsen (age 7 years). 20 x 16 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Watercolor on Paper (Birch Path)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

10.625 x 13.75 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$40

Watercolor Painting (Leaves)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

9 x 9 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$30

Acrylic Painting (Winter Sun)

An original acrylic painting with faux silver leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 12 x 16 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$70

Acrylic Painting (Sailboat)

An original acrylic painting on canvas by Linda Johnsen.

24 x 24 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$160

Watercolor Painting (Dandelion Sunset)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

12 x 8.75 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$45

Photo on Canvas

(Playdough Spiral)

A canvas print of an original playdough creation by Lilly Chavez-Johnsen (age 7 years). 20 x 16 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Watercolor on Paper (Winter Birch)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif. 11.375 x 7.5 inches. (More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$25

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Watercolor Painting

(Forest, Rock)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

9.25 x 11.25 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$30

Watercolor Painting (Sunflower Bouquet)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

11.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$35

Watercolor Painting (Triangles and Trees)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

11.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$40

Watercolor Painting (Flowers in Star Vase)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

12 x 16 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$45

Acrylic Paint

(Colors on Purple)

Original painting on paper by Ewan Toscano.

22 x 28 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Painting (Purple, Red, Gold)

An original acrylic painting on canvas by Lilly Chavez-Johnsen (age 10 years).

18 x 24 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$55

Acrylic Painting (Green, Gold, Blush)

An original acrylic painting with  faux gold leaf on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 24 x 24 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$135

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Watercolor Painting

(Mountains)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

9 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$30

Watercolor Painting (Watermelon & Lemon)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

11.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$35

Watercolor Painting (Flowers in Gold Vase)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

8.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$40

Acrylic Paint

(Patchwork)

Original painting on paper by Ewan Toscano.

22 x 28 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Paint Collage

(Dots on Green)

Original painting on paper by Ewan Toscano. Collage by Linda Johnsen.

22 x 28 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Painting

(Colors on Black)

Original painting on paper by Ewan Toscano. Framed and matted.

22 x 28 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$65

Acrylic Painting (Lighthouse)

An original acrylic painting with grays, white, chapmpagne, and gold on canvas by Linda Johnsen. 24 x 48 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$190

Watercolor Painting (Strawberry Glass)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

8.75 x 12.75 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$30

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Watercolor Painting (Roses)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

11.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$35

Watercolor Painting (Flowers in Blue Vase)

An original watercolor painting on paper by Debbie Essif.

8.25 x 12 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$40

Acrylic Paint Collage (Dots on Orange)

Original painting on paper by Ewan Toscano. Collage by Linda Johnsen.

22 x 28 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Painting (Aqua, White, Beige)

An original acrylic painting on canvas by Lilly Chavez-Johnson (age 10 years).

18 x 24 inches.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes delivery):

$50

Acrylic Painting (Bronze, Gold, Blush)

An original acrylic painting on canvas by Linda Johnsen.

24 x 24 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$120

Acrylic Painting (Mother and Child)

An original acrylic painting with glitter  on canvas by Linda Johnsen and Davenne Essif. 24 x 48 in.

(More images available upon request.)

Minimum donation

(includes local delivery):

$200