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About Us

Established in March of 2016, Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves senior communities across the country. Our staff consists of volunteers who are dedicated to supporting seniors in nursing homes and assisted & independent living communities, as well as those that are homebound or participating in elderly nutrition programs.

Bring Smiles to Seniors also runs an extension of the program in Michigan. We are a completely unpaid volunteer-run organization that is currently staffed by six passionate individuals. 

Mission Statement

We strive to connect the circle of life by working with schools, civic organizations, employers and individuals to decorate cards for seniors in nursing homes, assisted & independent living communities, and those that are homebound or participating in elderly nutrition programs. Our team hopes to help younger generations understand the importance of remembering those who paved the way for us, while reminding seniors that they are cared for and loved. 

About Our Founder

Ron Tyson, our Founder, established this program in honor of his grandmother, Lola Mae, who suffered from dementia. She stayed in a nursing home until she passed away in Okeechobee, Florida in August of 2016. When he visited her, he noticed that many elderly residents did not have any visitors. Also, many did not receive gifts or cards from anyone. Because of this, Ron decided that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of seniors. He founded Bring Smiles to Seniors in March 2016.

Card Angel Donor Recognition

We call our card donors Card Angels because of the many smiles they bring to seniors across the country. We have five levels of recognition for individuals who have repeatedly donated their talent and cards to support our mission. While each and every card angel is important to the work that we do, these individuals have made extraordinary contributions to our program. Our designation of Star Angel Decorator are for those individuals who have decorated >3,000 cards for our program. These are our current card angel honorees:

Blue Diamond Card Angel (>20,000)

Lillian Abrams - Michigan

Rita Bezdicek - Florida

Joy Brewer - North Carolina

Linda Biese - Wisconsin

Linda Hanzely - Florida

Sharon Massey - Texas

Alice Pompilio - Florida

 

Pink Star Diamond Card Angel (>10,000)

Paula Anderson - California

Beth Arnold - Wisconsin

Christine Ramirez-Bittman - Texas

Jan DeJianne - New Jersey

Marcia Homa - Washington

Dana Jenkins - Washington

Joan Kinzig - Colorado

Nancy M. - New York 

Michelle Ruelle - New Hampshire

 

Diamond Card Angel (>5,000 cards)

Alma Billmayer - Kentucky

Deb Birkholm - Minnesota

Jill Boteler - Maryland

Cards for Kidz - Illinois

Cheryl Cameron - Wyoming

Vickie Deffries - Washington

Virginia DeLapp - Virginia

Tess DePalma - Florida

Joyce DiFalco - Michigan

Dawn Duplak - Florida

Jencina Elliott - Kansas

P.F. - North Carolina

Michelle Jeanfreau - Tennessee

Maura Johnson - Florida

Diana Lukins - Michigan

Jill Maxwell - Oregon

Lynn Miller - Michigan

Pamela Tetreault - Missouri

Lon Tomokiyo - Hawaii

Lori Palano - California

Laurie - Ohio

Debra Westermann - Michigan

Christine Wheeler - New Jersey

Amanda Wollner - Michigan

 

 

Star Angel Decorator

Kim Allen - Wisconsin

Liz Beuhn - Ohio

Kristine Cimmy - Florida

Diana Darnell - Oregon

Shelby Delk

Patty Diane - Florida

Genia Geddings - South Carolina

Linda Haber - Indiana

Danny Hill - New Jersey

Sam Hill - New Jersey

Ginger Howard - Georgia

Katie Hudson - Washington

Leslie Jacoby - Florida
Leslie Jenson - California

Cheryl Laida

Janice Spitko - Florida

Molly Spitzer - New Jersey

Morgan Spitzer - New Jersey

Kate Squires - Michigan

Joyce Tietz - Minnesota

Cherryl Vargas - California

Bernice Wead - New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Card Angel (>2,500 cards)

Janet Birdsall - Texas

Lea Beard - Delaware

Jeanette Beisel - Texas

Joyce Benedict - Michigan

Jo Blackford - Washington

Vicki Brickner - Pennsylvania

Sharon Broussard - Georgia

Diana Carr - Florida

Mary Cavalier - Illinois

Yvonne Collins - California

Carol Coneeny - New Jersey

Raelynn Corbett - Texas

Margaret Dahms - Minnesota

Maureen Devos - New York

Lee Ernennen - New York

Tina Galloway - Florida

Amy Goossen - California

Jocelyn Glas - New Mexico

Trudi Green - California

Gaylene Gray - Washington

Angela Greenfield - Nebraska

Mary Jane Grutzmacher - Maryland

Lisa Harris - Illinois

Ernie Hendrix - Georgia

Linda Hersey - Maryland

Marilyn Hill - California

Robin Hoff - Wisconsin

Ali Huggard - Utah

Ora Jacobson - Missouri

Debbie Jensen - Florida

Tracey Kalz - Arizona

Bonnie Klasell - Washington

Debbie LaCavera - Florida

Cindy Leis - Colorado

Cindy Lewis - Jaqua - Ohio

Sheila Logan - Florida

Sue Lutz - Arkansas

Janet Magdziarz - Minnesota

Debbie Mastroto-Bell - New Jersey

Brenda Oathout - New York

Karren Olaveson - Utah

Becky Prohaska - North Carolina

Carol & Steve Ralser - Arizona

Beth Richardson - Pennsylvania

Daphne Rogers - Florida

Kerri Roup - Florida

Sandy Rose - Ohio

Missy Saucerman - Colorado

Cynthia Sexton - Tennessee

Barb Slager - Florida

Mary Storvik - Illinois

Joan Stramaglia - Florida

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Tracy Strodl - California

Barbara Tether - Maryland

Gail Thompson - Colorado

Theresa Truax - New Jersey

Diane Wallace - Florida

Thsering Wangno - New York

Kristine Warnke - Virginia

Silver Card Angel (>1,000 cards)

Diane Andrade - California

Judy Arbuckle - Silver

Tina Bartolo - Alabama

Jean Black - South Carolina

Martha Bricker - California

Mary Brooks - Iowa

 Sonya Casteel - Florida

Kim Coffin - Georgia

Susie Cramer - Wisconsin

Donna D'Alessandro

Diane Darnell - Oregon

Kate Deignan - New Jersey

Anne Donaghy - Ohio

Laurie Duncan - Oregon

J. Eberhardt - New York

Teresa Eby - Pennsylvania

Lori Erickson - Arizona

Nancy Ethridge - Georgia

PI Fallin - Florida

Tammi G. - Indiana

Linda Gardner - Missouri

Shirley Gardner - Missouri

Kathy Gatz - Indiana

Terrie Hammonds - West Virginia

Linda Harlan - Wyoming

Tracy Hawes - Michigan

Maryann Hayslip - Kentucky

Carol Hemmelgarn - Ohio

Colleen Herrera - New Mexico

Heidy Hooker - North Carolina

Katie Hudson - Washington

Cindy Inman - Texas

Ruth Johnson - Washington

Theresa Kanitra - Indiana

Debbie Kelly - Tennessee

Kathy Kinsey - Arizona

Evelynne Klein - Florida

Cathy Knapp - Missouri

Mary Kunzmann - New York

Marie Lachle-Martin - California

Sue Ladd - Ohio

Sara Lawson - Florida

Danielle LeFave - Florida

Anita Lingenfelter - Florida

Kandy Litchfield - Illinois

Sue Lyle - Kentucky

Susan - Colorado

Karin Macabeo - Oregon

Tabitha Marie - Texas

Sandra Martin - Colorado

Timmie McErlean - Georgia

Elaine McCullough - Scotland

Wanda Michael - Washington

Brenda Miller - New Jersey

Lori Ann Misurda - New York

Ann Myers - Louisiana

Cindee Naugle - Pennsylvania

Mary Ellen Norton - Florida

Colleen O'Brien - Massachusetts

Jennifer Ouelette - South Carolina

Tamara Ove - Minnesota

Christine Patterson - 

Sue Pegan - Georgia

Elizabeth Pinnel - Washington DC

Anne Pfluger - Texas

Jennifer Reece - Massachusetts

Amy Reser - Illinois

Nancy Rhodes - Alabama

Angie Rigelwood - Pennsylvania

Denise Sabonaitis - Massachusetts

Karen Schaal - Illinois

Sharon Schweitzer - Wisconsin

Pamela Seeley - Illinois

Denise Shaw - Texas

Carol Sheehan - Iowa

Maria Steck - California

Barbara Suits - Colorado

Doreen Smith - Michigan

Sandra Snipes - South Carolina

Danielle Stockford - Michigan

Jennifer Sutliff - Illinois

Jennifer Taylor - Texas

Betty Trude - Texas

Cathy Varner - Arizona

Cheryl Yamashita - California

Susan Yeingst - Pennsylvania

Jan Walker - Massachusetts

MaryLynn Weller - Washington

Connie Wilfahrt

Sandra Wunsch - South Carolina

Michelle Y. - Arizona

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of Volunteering 

Getting Involved: Make This Year Your Family’s Year!

Amanda Henderson, safechildren.info

Did you know that volunteering is good for you? What’s more, engaging with a charitable organization offers benefits to the whole family. Here is how to make this a year that builds your family members as individuals and knits your family closer together as a unit.

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Health benefits. Being involved with a charity and reaching out to help others provides benefits to your own well-being. In fact, according to some studies, there is increasing evidence volunteering is a boon to your health and improves our society on many levels. Those who engage as volunteers experience a reduced mortality rate, improved mental and physical functionality, and lowered risk for depression. Working with a charity decreases your stress levels and enhances your satisfaction with life, adding a sense of purpose to your days. Those who volunteer report increased happiness, improved self-esteem, and a bigger sense of control over life circumstances. It even appears the more time you spend volunteering, the greater your benefit.

Kids, too! Adults aren’t the only ones whose lives improve by doing things outside of themselves. Focus on the Family cites research that found children who volunteer enjoy better self-esteem, enhanced desire to learn, higher levels of motivation, and an improved moral compass. When the experience as a volunteer is positive, children learn that while the work may be challenging, it’s worthwhile and satisfying.

Ties that bind. Connecting with charities as a family offers special benefits. Since volunteering requires communication and teamwork, family members bond. Parents can also enjoy teachable moments that can be hard to come by in other circumstances, and actively demonstrate the value of compassion and generosity.

Responsibility. Children learn basic responsibility from following through on their commitment to a charity. They learn to show up when they say they will, honor their obligation to the best of their ability, and to be pleased with the results of their efforts.

Experience. Volunteering offers opportunities for your children to learn a good work ethic. Also, some experts point out children gain work experience, leadership skills, and networking opportunities. Children can even learn specific job skills which might benefit their future careers.

The power of “one.” Another important message children can gain from volunteering is the impact of one person’s efforts. KidsHealth explains that children see their efforts creating an impact and gain the empowering message that they can make a difference in the world.

Sacrifice and giving. Another great lesson children learn is the principle of sacrifice. They can see the giving of time and effort making a difference, and they can see the benefit when giving items as well. With that in mind, one suggestion is to declutter your home, gleaning gently used items to donate to a charity. Not only does this help a worthy cause, but reduces the amount of “stuff” in your home and helps you stay organized. Consider asking your children to select a special toy or two to give to a less fortunate child. It’s an opportunity for your youngster to learn the value of generosity when you have more than others have. Be sure to lead by example and donate something special of your own.

Community benefits. Engaging with a charitable organization strengthens communities. Agencies and services that use volunteers generally run on little or no income, and rely heavily on support from the efforts of individuals and groups committed to improving the local community.

Volunteering is a terrific way to enhance the well-being of you and your family members while serving your community. Making a charitable effort is not only good for your mental and physical health, it improves your family bond and teaches your children invaluable lessons. Make this your family’s year and spend time giving of yourselves!

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