dANDIElion Wishes is a non-profit that seeks to raise funds to help mental health organizations in the greater St. Louis area. The foundation was started in memory of Andie Goldford to address, destigmatize, and help support mental health research. We look to raise awareness about Andie's struggles, which so many other families face.
some see weeds, we see wishes
Thanks to your generous support we were able to make another large donation to CHADS Coalition for Mental Health-this time for $10,000. This organization is doing incredible work in our community to support mental health in our area's youth. Our board members personally know several children receiving help from CHADS counselors and the services they offer are truly life changing. We are so happy and proud to be supporting such a positive influence in our community; and are so grateful to YOU to allow us to do so.
WALK WAS A GREAT SUCESS!
The first annual walk was a huge success! We raised almost $15,000 to further our mission. The weather was beautiful and the turnout was overwhelming. It was such a beautiful opportunity to gather together and share memories of Andie while raising money to support our cause. Thanks to everyone who participated!!
TWO WEEKS UNTIL THE WALK!!
The first annual dANDIElion Wishes walk is only two weeks away!! We're thrilled that our goal is becoming a reality, and are overwhelmed by the support and participation! We have so much fun planned along with the walk:
-Bagels, pastries, and coffee
-Kona Ice snow cone truck
-balloon pop for the kids
-attendance prize drawings
Along with all of this we have several raffle items and baskets. Tickets will be $5 each, or 5 for $20. We will be able to accept cash or credit cards at the event.
Looking forward to a great day remembering Andie surrounded by friends and family!
FIRST ANNUAL WALK
Exciting News! We've officially set the date for the first annual dANDIElion Wishes Walk. Mark your calendars for October 24th at 10am. We look forward to getting together to celebrate Andie's memory and spend time with friends and family. We will continue to update you with more information about the day's activities, but in the meantime you can preregister and get more information by clincking the button below.
CHADS COALITION DONATION
On May 6th dANDIElion Wishes made our first donation of $5000 to the CHADS Coalition for Mental Health. We met with the founder of the CHADS Organization, Marian, as well as several other directors within the organization. CHADS is a St. Louis based organization offering adolescents and their families support and awareness for suicide prevention, depression, counseling services, and educational programs.
We also donated a basket, complete with a dANDIElion Wishes mug, for their silent auction on May 14th for their bi-annual fundraiser.
We enjoyed meeting Marian, and were excited to make our first donation in Andie's honor. We were also tickled to hear that she outbid everyone on the dANDIElion Wishes basket we donated to their trivia night silent auction!
We have other exciting prospects on the horizon as we are in the process of planning a charity walk in the fall, once parks open back up. We’ll keep you posted as that develops, and we are designing our first tshirt as a part of this event.
Thank you to everyone who donated and made this donation to CHADS possible!
DANDIELION WISHES MUGS ARE LIVE!
May 1st starts Mental Health Awareness Month! Throughout the month of May you can order your dANDIElion Wishes mugs from Coffee Mugs Never Lie on their website coffeemugsneverlie.com. Remember 100% of the proceeds for these special mugs will be donated back to our organization; AND 50% of the purchase of any other mug on the website will also be donated to us! Thank you in advance for all your support and enjoy your cup of Java in your new mug!
APRIL IS DONATE LIFE MONTH
April is National Donate Life Month. This observance helps to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to honor those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Andie had registered for organ donation when she first got her license! By doing this, she made the decision for us, and was able to provide this amazing gift to many others.
We have green DONATE LIFE wristbands available for anyone who would like one to show their support for organ donation. Please notify us via email or Facebook messenger if you would like one.
Finally, we want to share an excerpt from a beautiful letter we received from the recipient of Andie's liver:
“ 'WE HAVE A LIVER FOR YOU!' ”
Those words are life-changing! To me, they were a miracle and my hope that a new life was ahead. Meanwhile, your family had sorrow and grief for their loss of a loved one. YOUR LOVED ONE’S LIVER HAS PROVIDED ME WITH A NEW LIFE! How appreciative my family and I are for the donated liver. Our families are forever bonded!"
DANDIELION MASKS AVAILABLE
We have a few dandelion fabric masks still available. Email us if you would like one and we will get them out to you as soon as we can! Thank you again for your support and love!
We are happy to announce that we have chosen the initial organization we will be sharing funds with! CHADS Coalition for Mental Health is a local organization that helps adolescent and young adults by advancing the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. It's a wonderful organization that serves St. Louis County and surrounding regions. To learn more you can check out their website: chadscoalition.org. Sandy met with the founder, Chad's mother, and was impressed with how she had turned her grief into this amazing organization. They also connected over their shared nursing backgrounds.
WHAT WE DO
Furthering our cause is our most important goal. We've already gotten off to a good start with a canned food drive, selling dANDIElion masks, and a t shirt is in the works! Check out the Donate page if you'd like to make a donation to support our mission, and add your information on the contact page to be kept updated on all of our upcoming events.
dANDIElion Wishes recently collected non-perishable items to benefit the Jewish Food Pantry.
dANDIElion Fabric to keep Andie on our minds while keeping ourselves and loved ones safe.
IN THE WORKS
dANDIElion Wishes t-shirts!