Smile Boxes contain puzzles, crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals, stress balls, card games, yo yo's, and more. We make sure not to include edible things or any chocking hazardous items. Majority of our items come from Oriental Trading Company.
One of our volunteers or I will deliver boxes to local hospitals for example Dallas Medical City, Cook Children's, Scottish Rite and more after putting them together at a box making party. I've also shipped to every state in the United States and I've shipped to Canada and Jamaica as well.
We fundraise through Go Fund Me's, carnivals, casino nights, and most of our donations come from big donors. We appreciate all donations because one Smile Box costs around $10.
I started Emily's Smile Boxes because my brother had a stroke before he was born. He was very ill and in the hospital for long periods of time. While in the hospital with him I noticed how sad and bored everyone was. I wanted to make a difference for sibling and kids in the hospital just like me. I was ten years old at the time and Emily's Smile Boxes has now been around since 2008.
I along with my many volunteers and donors have delivered over 17,500 boxes around the world. Remember that one person can make a difference!
This video was made in 2003 for a presentation at an elementary school