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Make A Difference Day Luncheon

Posted by Jessica on April 10, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Do you guys remember my Make A Difference Day Project in October? You can read more about it HERE.



That was such a great day. We tagged and bagged more than 500 bags of bears for the San Diego Police Department. As a result of everyone’s effort on that day my project was named a Make A Difference Day National Honoree and the awards luncheon was in Washington, D.C.


I was very humbled to be named along with other amazing projects.


I have had a dream of going to New York to talk about my project on the Today Show and taking bears to the NYFD for a long time now and while I know that will probably never happen (because my lip looks funny and sometime people have a hard time understanding me) I got pretty close!!


I had a chance to talk to Savannah Guthrie and her husband Michael.  I gave her a UofA onsie for the baby when it gets here and a chocolate bar for her to give the baby now :lol: and a litle teddy bear for her desk.



 

Matt Lauer...I gave him hand sanitizer because I watch him on the Today Show and I know he is a little bit of a germaphobe.  I also gave him an autographed picture of me because I know he has met everybody and I thought it would be funny but maybe he just thought I was bragging about me :/  I hope not.


 

Jenna Bush Hager was so nice to me too.  I didn't get to tell her that when I grow up I want to be school teacher too!!  I brought her a stuffed Woodstock for Mila and a University of Texas sock monkey for her desk because sock monkeys are cool.


 

And even Jon Bon Jovi.  I was so so nervous I could barely to talk him.  So what can you give a rock star?  Well, I was confused when my Mom said told me about "hair bands" but then she explained it.  So I thought it would be funny to make a We Care Bear Hair Band....so I glued some small teddy bears to a hair band (my kind of hair band, for your actual hair).


 

I have to admit I didn’t know about his music but my Mom downloaded a bunch of it and now We Weren’t Born to Follow is one of my all time favorite songs. My Mom thinks it’s because I wasn’t born to follow, that I proved that the day I came out of the dying room in the orphanage. I think it’s a great song. But also Jon Bon Jovi does amazing work with his Foundation and he should be as famous for the good work he does with that as he is for singing and being a rock star.


I also got to meet so many really nice people from Newman’s Own, USA Today, Points of Light and Gannett. They all worked really hard to make this day really special.


Maybe the best part of the day is that Love Without Boundaries will be getting a $10,000 check to help babies in China who were born with a cleft lip and palate, like me, have surgery to fix it.


 

October 26 is Make A Difference Day this year and I can’t wait to have an even bigger and better bear bagging event.


You should consider a Make A Difference Day project this year too!!!

 

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