Jamie's Dream Team charity to host 2nd Christmas to Remember
A Versailles-based charity wants to spread some Christmas cheer and help save lives this weekend.
Jamie's Dream Team has organized its first blood drive in Duquesne and its second annual Christmas to Remember in West Mifflin, both on Saturday.
The blood drive is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. The Christmas party is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Voyager Jet Center hangar at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin.
Blood donors can be 16 years old with parental consent, or 17 and older without consent. The blood drive is administered by the Central Blood Bank.
“I would hope everyone will come out and donate the gift of life,” Dream Team founder Jamie Holmes said. “Last year at this time I needed blood and I was given the gift of life. Now it is time to pay it forward.”
Donors will receive a T-shirt. There will be a bake sale.
Jamie's Dream Team was founded by Holmes in 2005 and is dedicated to making dreams come true for the sick and injured.
Last year, it celebrated Christmas with 26 families at the hangar.
Holmes said 42 families are scheduled to attend this year's holiday festivities. Five of the families had dreams come true via the Dream Team and the rest were recommended to Holmes by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
“We are excited to make their Christmas dreams come true,” Holmes said. “Fortunately we have amazing volunteers who are willing to work both (events).”
There will be various activities at the hangar such as ornament-making with the Steel City Fiber Collective, children's workshops through the Home Depot of North Versailles, a model train ride, Shriner clowns, face-painting and more.
Other sponsors include Pasta Too Family Italian Restaurant of Bethel Park, Mastro Ice Inc. of Pittsburgh, Breadworks, GDC Fine Jewelry in Irwin, Jefferson Cancer Center and Meghan Kozeil family and friends.
More information about Jamie's Dream Team is available at jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net. Monetary donations can be sent to 4304 Walnut St., Suite 2, Versailles, 15132.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965,or firstname.lastname@example.org.