I have to change all my plans for today’s blog. My inspirational Mondays are usually based on the work I have done and things have seen and accomplished related to my niche, designing desert stations and party basics. Today I had to change the routine and I decided to write about something inspirational but not so clearly related to my niche. About a year ago I collaborated with Brazilian Foundation on designing a beautiful dessert station set up for them. They are a well-known organization in the Brazilian community that collect funds to assist all kinds of different projects benefiting poor communities in Brazil. At their annual gala party the Brazilian Foundation was also awarding different nonprofit organizations with a common purpose of helping these communities. I actually had the chance to hear about some of these organizations and speak to their founders, their purpose varied from helping feed poor children, to giving away medication, to preventing abuse, and teaching music and art in low income communities. It was an amazing experience to actually see good people doing good things for others.
However it wasn’t until I was back stage and I ran into Adelmo Junior dressed as Superman that I had chills, and I understood the importance of his organization. A hour before I met Adelmo junior dressed in his suit and tie and he told me all about his organization “Liga do Bem.” They dress up as superheroes and comic books characters to visit hospitals elderly homes, and orphanages with the purpose to spread love. The majority of my jobs are catered for children and I see their reaction to the details and the transformation we create with the decoration, most of them are dressed according to their theme as princess, fairies superheroes. In their innocence they really believe in what their eyes sees it, that was exactly how I felt when I saw him dressed as Superman and his friend as Batgirl. That night I saw clearly how I could help them, helping those kids. I explained how in the United States one of the biggest holidays is Halloween, where children get dressed up all over. I mentioned how awesome it would be if we could collect those costumes and send them to the children that they actually work with.
The first collection was not so successful we needed about 500 costumes and we got about 180 approximately, and we were only able to send about 76 costumes to the destination. But we were not discouraged, we got the community together and we threw a party. Several people came to help us and we got a free location for the party to take place, lots of food entertainment for the children, activities toys and prizes.Let me tell you it was not easy to control everything but together we were able to collect several clothes and costumes and with the money from the food and raffle we were able to buy new costumes to be donated to kids from the children hospital and send all the donated costumes to a second event that is taking place at the end of the year. I truly believe that every costume collected and every costume donated represents more than dress-up and play, it represents hope. These kids could dream of being something bigger than their reality. Only those that have children and have experienced their kids dressing up can understand importance of this initiative. Im blogging about this today to share the pictures that shows the kids receiving the costumes over the weekend as well as spread the word about this organization.
Here is the link for their video campaign https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1478058775589718&id=100001568301351