We hope you are well and are staying “somewhat sane” during these extremely trying and unpredictable times. We have been closely monitoring the ever changing news regarding COVID – 19 as to how this will affect the upcoming Poppy Party. The health and safety of participants is our number one priority. With more and more cases of Coronavirus daily in Arkansas, we have made the decision to move our event to Saturday, November 7th from 2:00-4:30 PM. Even though we are still 9 weeks out from the original date, we feel this is too soon and there are still too many unknowns. The November 7th date will give us more time to regroup and ensure the safe gathering of our families, volunteers and sponsors.
The Poppy Party will go on as planned, but just later in the year. We will still have our remembrance walk, live entertainment, activities for the kids, and birthday celebration among many other meaningful ways to celebrate our babies and children and connect with other parents. If you have already registered for the event, your registration will carry over to the new November date. No need to re-register! In the event you have a conflict and are unable to attend in November, we ask that you consider donating your registration fees to Mamie’s. This will help us continue to provide more plates for families in 2021.
We have numerous families who have already registered for group fundraising in memory of their baby or child. Group fundraising will continue as planned even though the event has been moved back. We encourage families to continue to sign up and continue to fundraise over these next few months. To give groups a little more time, we are extending our group fundraising deadline until the end of June. Our group fundraisers will receive special recognition during the November Poppy Party.
Even though most of our daily activities have come to a halt- that doesn’t mean grief stops. Being isolated socially can be even harder for some during this time. Remember to reach out to those who have had recent losses. You can still provide support, even if from a distance. We encourage you to create community through phone calls, Facetime and social media. The Mamie’s Facebook page is a great way to connect with other parents. We welcome any ideas as to how we can all provide support and community during these trying times. Please check in with us as we provide engagement and resources. Please reach out!
We will stay in touch with the event’s progress and any future changes if necessary. We appreciate your continued support and dedication to Mamie’s.
Many blessings and much health during this season of uncertainty.
Britney and Sarah