National Make a Difference for Children Month: July

But the caring volunteers of the Hugs and Hope Foundation make a difference every day

Harshaw, WI, April 07, 2007 --( Do you love to hear kids laugh and see them smile? Critically ill children often have little to be happy about, but you can easily make a difference for kids with serious illnesses, injuries, or handicaps. If you can lick a postage stamp and drop a card in the mail, you can be part of a nation wide effort to put more joy into the lives of children in pain

We can't take their pain away; but we can help make life a little more tolerable by sending a cheery card and a little love to children battling life-threatening conditions. The Hugs and Hope Foundation, a nonprofit charity created by a disabled grandmother after her grandson was badly burned, touches the lives of hundreds of kids across the country.

On the Hugs and Hope web site ( you can read stories and view photos of kids who need a little extra TLC to help them get through surgeries, hospitalizations, and endless medical tests.Visitors to the site are asked to mail cheery cards and small gifts to each sick child and notes of encouragement to the parents. This web site will inspire you to help critically ill children and their families not just on Make a Difference Day, but everyday.

"We like to remind the children that they are cared about and they are special," says Marsha Jordan, who founded the group in 2000. "We want to help these kids forget, for at least a little while, that they're fighting for their lives. We call the cards and packages we send "happy mail" because we hope they put smiles on the kid's faces."

Jordan has won awards for her work with sick kids and has been featured on WGN-TV in Chicago and Wisconsin Public Television. She was recently interviewed on the By, For, and About Women radio show ( )

Jordan has always cared about sick children. After being struck blind and becoming disabled by a connective tissue disease, she created the Hugs and Hope group in order to network with others who wanted to help kids too. Her hobby of sending cheery cards soon became a full time job; and her web site, which began as two pages, now features photos and stories of hundreds of sick children. Visitors to the site may send cards and small gifts to the featured children.

One little boy dubbed Jordan "The Peanut Butter Queen" because of her philosophy: "Love, hope, and joy are sticky, like peanut butter! When you spread them around, you can't help but get some on yourself too."

"Anyone can help," says Jordan. "You don't have to perform life-saving surgery or deliver cancer-killing chemotherapy. All you need is a heart of compassion. Whatever your age or ability, you can make a difference in the life of a sick child." Sending happy mail is a great family project, teaching kids compassion for those less fortunate than themselves and providing quality family time to boot. And all it costs is the price of a postage stamp.

Jordan is available for interviews to tell her story of how she went from disabled and depressed to running a national nonprofit and doing the most worthwhile work of her life. She'll talk about her new book, illustrated by sick kids; and she'll inform your readers of ways they can make a difference in the world -- one smile at a time. Call Jordan at 715-282-7271 or email to set up an interview.

Those wanting to learn more about the Hugs and Hope program are encouraged to visit the website at

Hugs and Hope Foundation
Marsha Jordan