I want to be a Buddy
We’re so glad that you’ve found our website! We have events and programs that go on all throughout the year, and we’d love to have you get involved with us! Listed below are highlights of what we do, and we encourage you to poke around the website for more information:
Buddy Break: This FREE kids/respite program provides fun and socialization opportunities for VIP kids and their siblings while their caregivers get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities. This program is held monthly in collaboration with churches across the nation. We are always looking for Buddies to play one-on-one with VIP kids and their siblings. Also, if your church would like to start a Buddy Break, we’ll equip you!
Make ‘m Smile: This annual community festival is held in Orlando, FL. It is an event dedicated to celebrating VIP kids and their families. It features a Friendship Stroll, free entertainment, food, family activities, and exhibitors that provide resources for the special needs community. Buddies are integral to the Friendship Stroll!
Christmas with Nathaniel’s Hope: Walgreens partners with us to open Nathaniel’s Toy Shop to give FREE toys to VIP families in financial need. We also share hope and encouragement with patients, families, and caregivers at children’s hospitals and with homebound VIP families on Christmas day through caroling, prayer, and bearing goodies and gifts.
Keep ‘m Smiling: This is our partnership with other organizations to have community events that are VIP-friendly year-round. If your company would like to host a Keep ‘m Smile event for VIP kids, that would be great!
Bearing Hope: A loveable, plush beanie bear is given to VIP kids to communicate the hope that we share through Nathaniel’s Hope. You are always welcome to make a donation for a Bearing Hope bear to be given to a VIP child.