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Dec My Room



This sounds like a cool something that EVERYONE WOULD WANT!!! Trust me; pray to God that you never have to be on the receiving side of this wonderful non-profit organization. Dec My Room is a non-profit organization that was started in 2007 by Susan Plank and her daughter Kendall. The mission of the organization is to transform hospital rooms of children and young adults who are admitted for a prolonged amount of time (at least 3 weeks). Volunteers are given information about the patient (age, likes, interests, favorite colors, teams, etc) and then a budget of $300 to shop and then Dec out the patient’s room.



The story of how this charity was founded is so cool. Susan and her daughter (in the picture) were asked to visit a young family friend from Austin who was being admitted to Texas Children’s Hospital for his second bone marrow transplant. Because he would be in the hospital for at least 4 weeks, they wanted to do something special so the stay was not as bad. They found out that he was OBSESSED with the University of Texas (this was funny because Susan’s family are huge Aggie fans) and started shopping. By the time this young man entered the hospital; his room was decked out from top to bottom in burnt orange, a comfy comforter, pictures, and much more. As Susan and Kendall were leaving the hospital, Kendall asked if they could decorate more rooms!





A week after we scheduled our training we received an email about one of their two fundraising events (this year it was a luncheon held at Artista in downtown Houston). Dec My Room is funded by grants, charitable donations, and volunteer support. Dave and I have been so blessed and I have been looking for a charity that we can support both financially and through service. We mutually agreed this would be a great fit for our family.


After attending both the Dec My Room Luncheon and training, both Christa and I are very inspired and excited to get started! We have decided to start decking out rooms (of course we will blog about the experience) and figure out creative ways to help fundraise for the organization.



Here are a few questions/answers about Dec My Room.

Question: How can I get involved?


Question: What are standard items that are bought for rooms?

Answer: comforter, soft throw blanket, pillows, body pillows, decorative decals and posters that are not nailed, laundry baskets or tubs to store and take items home, toys and games, pjs, basketball hoop and ball, art supplies, journals with fun writing pens and stickers, magazines and books, dvds, i-pod shuffle, newly packaged stuffed animals, colorful rug, etc.

Question: WHO IS READY TO DEC A ROOM!!!!

Side note: as I was writing this blog my six year old said, “I just want to say mommy that the cute picture of the “Hello Kitty Room” looked like it was her normal room, and then I saw plugs and other hospital looking stuff”…that is the point. These kids deserve normalcy!


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“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Elizabeth Gilbert


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“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.”   Jack London



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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”   Maya Angelou



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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”    John Bunyan



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“If you’re in the luckiest one per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” Warren Buffett




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