Everyone Matters: Sponsoring HEALium Hugs

Monday, March 12, 2018
March is a special month at The Jersey Momma. This is the month I pay tribute to a fellow blogger named Melissa Matters, as well as to my beautiful nephew Joey. Melissa Matters passed away in November of 2015. You might remember my post about her , when I participated in Operation Christmas Child in her honor. Melissa ran a popular blog called Wading Through Motherhood, where she talked about her adorable children and shared family advice. Her death was sudden and she is sorely missed by many. My nephew, Joey, passed away from brain cancer in 2013, just shy of his 4th birthday. He was a funny, loving boy who left a huge hole in the world when we lost him. I created a movement called Everyone Matters as a way to honor and remember Joey and Melissa. Every March, I choose a cause to focus on as a way to honor their memories. You can read last year's Random Acts of Kindness post here.  This year I once again chose HEALium Hugs as my focus. Read on to find out more about HEALium Hugs and what they do!


What is Everyone Matters?

Everyone Matters is a campaign to spread something positive. You are important. Your words are important. What you say and share with others matters. We are all connected in this life, whether we realize it or not. Melissa Matters was a prime example of that, since so many bloggers (most she never met personally) have rallied together to share her story and her blog posts, and to support her family and children. My nephew Joey was only here on this earth for a short time, but he touched so many people, even those he never met, since the story of his battle spread far and wide.


How Can I Participate in Everyone Matters?

Make an effort to do something for someone else, anything positive to help others. If you are a writer or blogger, share your story about what you are doing to spread kindness. The idea is for this to spread, like a kindness wildfire!

Some ideas for giving back:

*donate to an animal shelter
*help out at a soup kitchen or church function
*donate toys or clothes to the needy
*spread some Random Acts of Kindness
*pick a cause to support, like the one we chose to sponsor this month, HEALium Hugs

I will promote Everyone Matters a few times a year, but particularly in March.

Photo property of Melissa Matters - WadingThroughMotherhood.com

Sponsoring HEALium Hugs

My nephew Joey passed away from brain cancer in 2013. He was 3. He was a silly bundle of energy and joy (I can still picture him in my head, doing his 'Nemo dance'), and losing him was absolutely gut-wrenching. But rather than focus on the negative, I choose to share my love for him with you. I am including him in Everyone Matters to help spread his love, too. So the Everyone Matters campaign is dedicated to both Melissa and Joey.


HEALium Hugs is an organization started by my friend, Jill. Jill knows first-hand what it's like to battle an illness in your family. Her son is a true warrior by his own right, and has bravely kicked cancer's butt more than once. Jill knew how much it meant to the kids in the pediatric ward to receive little gifts, and knew how much a colorful balloon could do to brighten their hospital rooms and spirits. So she took it upon herself to spread some joy and bring bunches of mylar balloons to the young warriors, particularly during the holidays. 

That's Jill in the bottom picture, dressed as a bee for the Halloween delivery!

This month, I contributed to the cause so we could sponsor HEALium Hugs and help Jill pay for the next balloon delivery. I made special tags for the 33 balloons (our delivery occurred around St. Patrick's Day, so I made the tags with an Irish theme), and Jill brought them to the pediatric ward of our local hospital. 


I hope this campaign shows that what you choose to do truly matters, and you can help spread love and joy to others in this world.


The HEALium Hugs Delivery

I hope Melissa and Joey were there in spirit when Jill delivered this bright and cheerful bunch of balloons to Pediatric Floor 3 at Morristown Memorial Hospital (shout out to the Pediatric Ward! Sending love to you all there!). You can read more about HEALium Hugs on their Facebook page, or email them at HEALiumHugs@aol.com.

Jill and her March HEALium Hugs delivery to Pediatric Floor 3

So I hope this post helped spread some love, and helped others get to know Melissa Matters and my nephew Joey, two people who were here and made a difference in the lives of others. Long may their light shine in this world!



In memory of Melissa Matters and my nephew Joey xoxox.

6 comments

  1. What a great idea and beautiful tribute in her honor :) She would love it

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  2. Such an amazing cause, and a great tribute. Next month I shall be joining you in some way :)

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  3. This is such a beautiful way to honor both Melissa and Joey. XXXOOO

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