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January 2020

Gretchen Bates expressed gratitude to local youth on the Rockem Sockem Robotics team for their help when she said, “High school students from the FIRST Robotics Competition Team 453, Rockem Sockem Robotics, gave up a day off in November and evening hours in December to help us purchase and wrap gifts for our families. Their commitment to the community was obvious and their help was invaluable in getting items wrapped and to our families on time.”


Bates also thanked Jamie’s Smiles’ business sponsors this year when she said, “A HUGE THANK YOU to our Corporate Sponsors, Kohl’s “A Team”, which is a part of the “Kohl’s Cares for Kids” program, and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish.”


Bates went on to say, “Kohl’s partnership with Jamie’s Smiles to help the community through the holiday adoptions reaches back to over a decade. Additionally, our friends at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish helped by contributing baby necessities like high chairs, cribs, exersaucers, toys, clothing, sheets, and much more. We are pleased to partner with so many organizations and companies to help us to change the lives of children with special needs in our area!”


“We estimate that we have touched the lives of over 246 people this year alone! Since we began, we have given away over $146,700 in grants and assistance to programs and as a result helped many families in Macomb County. We also have over $133,000 in our accounts and believe that we are making a HUGE impact on the lives of children in our local community” said Bates. “Many organizations work with us to help our adopted families including Value Center Market (Clinton Township) and the Disc Institute (Clinton Township). Additionally, many individuals donated items and gift cards to help out our adopted family and a myriad of other needy families with children in the Macomb Infant Preschool Program.”

October 2019

On October 28, 2018, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. 


The money from these grants is for the purchase of equipment for communication assistive technology, High Chairs, Therapy Balls, auditory activity books, fine and gross motor skill toys, as well as items for physical therapy relating to core strength, and balance.  Some items will be used on site at their locations and other will be utilized as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.


When asked about their projects Bates said, “We are so proud to be a small part of the work that the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen Peters School programs are making to improve the lives of children with special needs like our son and to support their efforts. We are thankful to have such high quality programs in our own back yard.”

January 2019

In the 2018 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over  $7,100  and helped over 185 people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) .  Their corporate sponsor’s contributions and discounts as well as donated items raised the retail value of their assistance to local families to over $10,090. 

   

Gretchen Bates expressed gratitude to local youth for their help when she said, “This year, members of two local robotics teams came out to help us purchase and wrap gifts for our families. The high school students from Team Rockem Sockem Robotics, and members of the middle school team, Sir Lancer Bot, were all from the L’Anse Creuse school district. Their enthusiasm and passion for helping children was contagious and their help was invaluable.”


Bates also thanked Jamie’s Smiles’ business sponsors this year when she said, “A HUGE THANK YOU to our Corporate Sponsors, Kohl’s “A Team”, which is a part of the “Kohl’s Cares for Kids” program, and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish.”


“Many organizations work with us to help our adopted families including: CEC Controls (Warren), the Disc Institute (Clinton Township), Value Center Market (Clinton Township) and Target (Clinton Township location). Additionally, many individuals donated items and gift cards to help out our adopted family and a myriad of other needy families with children in the Macomb Infant Preschool Program,” said Bates. “We estimate that we have touched the lives of over 185 people this year alone! Since we began, we have given away over $130,600 in grants and assistance to programs and as a result helped many families in our community!”

October 2018

   

On October 31, 2018, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. 


The money from these grants is for the purchase of equipment for communication assistive technology, devices “touch and feel” items for sensory therapies, Oral Motor Tools, High Chairs, Therapy Balls, Teaching Cups as well as items for physical therapy relating to core strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills.  Thanks to Jamie’s Smiles, the programs will also purchase High Chairs, Therapy Balls, Teaching Cups, Mirror Centers, and other learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.


When asked about their projects Bates said, “It takes special people to work in such deserving programs. The Therapists and Social Workers at the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen Peters are making a life changing difference in the lives of children like our son and we want to support their efforts. We applaud the hard working folks that are in the homes and lives of such amazing children and are proud to be playing a small part in efforts like theirs.”

January 2018

This past 2017 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $5,970 and adopted two families with a total of nine people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP). Their corporate sponsor’s contributions and discounts as well as donated items raised the retail value of their assistance to local families to over $15,000. 

  

Gretchen Bates expressed gratitude to their Corporate Sponsors this year when she said, “A HUGE THANK YOU to our Corporate Sponsors, Kohl’s “A Team”, which is a part of the “Kohl’s Cares for Kids” program, CEC Controls located in Warren, Michigan, Costco of Shelby Township, the Disc Institute of Clinton Township, and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish. Kohl’s donated $500 to the Jamie’s Smiles adoptions, gave discounts for the purchase of clothing items and toys and wrapped most of the gifts for our families. CEC Controls and their employees contributed toys and gifts to help with our families and adoptions. Our newest Corporate Sponsors, Costco of Shelby Township and the Disc Institute donated items like diapers, wipes, clothing, toys, books, gift cards and more to help our struggling families. Additionally, our friends at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish helped by contributing toys, clothing, sheets, comforters, wrapping paper and much more.” Bates said. She went on to say, “All corporate sponsors make a donation valued at or above $500 to Jamie’s Smiles’ holiday adoptions. We are pleased to welcome previous friends as well as so many new companies to help us to change the lives of children with special needs in our community!”


“Many organizations work with us to help our adopted families including: Meijer (Hall Road, Utica), Value Center Market (Clinton Township), and Target (Clinton Township location). Additionally, many individuals donated items to help out our two adopted families and a myriad of gift cards and dozens of other items were given to many other needy families with children in the Macomb Infant Preschool Program,” said Bates. “We estimate that we have touched the lives of over 177 people this year alone! Since we began, we have given away over $118,500 in grants and assistance to programs and as a result helped many families in Macomb County. We also have over $120,900 in our accounts and believe that we are making a DIRECT impact on the lives of children in our local area!” 

October 2017

  

On October 30, 2017, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. The money from these grants is for the purchase of equipment to enhance speech therapy, “touch and feel” items for sensory therapies, and items for physical therapy relating to core strength, balance, fine and gross motor skills. Thanks to Jamie’s Smiles, the programs will also purchase booster seats, large therapy balls, weighted balls and learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.

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January 2017

In the 2016 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $5,200 and adopted two families with a total of seven people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP). Their corporate sponsor’s contributions and discounts as well as donated items raised the retail value of their assistance to local families to over $9,600. 

October 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles. These grants are to purchase core strength and stability enhancement devices, communication development products, fine and gross motor skills and sensory input ability enhancement items, seating devices and alternatives for posture development as well as learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.

When asked about their projects Gretchen Bates said, “These grants make a real, life changing difference in the lives of children like our son."

January 2016

 

In the 2015 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $4,800 and adopted two families with a total of 10 people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP).  Gretchen Bates expressed gratitude to their two Corporate Sponsors this year when she said, “A HUGE THANK YOU to our two Corporate Sponsors, Kohl’s “A Team”, which is a part of the “Kohl’s Cares for Kids” program and the Meijer's store located on Hall Road in Utica.  Both companies donated at least $500 to Jamie’s Smiles holiday adoptions and changed the lives of children with special needs in our community!”


“We are also deeply grateful to many other organizations involved in helping our adopted families including: Kroger, St. Therese of Lisieux Parish (Shelby Township), Target (Sterling Heights), and Value Center Market (Clinton Township).  Additionally, many individuals donated items to help out our two adopted families and over 25 gift cards and a myriad of other items were given to many other needy families with children in MIPP,” said Bates.


Since its inception in 2006, Jamie’s Smiles has given away over $93,900 in grants and donations to assist programs for children with special needs.

October 2015

Jamie’s Smiles is pleased to announce that it has released $2,000 in grants to help programs assisting children with special needs.  On October 27, 2015, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles.  These grants are to purchase core strength, body support and control, balance development equipment, fine motor skills and sensory input ability enhancement items, seating devices and alternatives for posture development as well as learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching. 

January 2015

 For the 2014 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $8,200 and adopted two families with a total of 11 people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP).  The late Christopher Reeve said, "A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”  The families that we adopt are those kind of heroes. Our families needed and received clothing, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, diapers and wipes as well as books and learning toys for every child and food gift cards totaling over $4,600 for our two adopted families as well as a many additional families in need.


We were also pleased to welcome the support of Thrivent Financial - Macomb Pointes Chapter for our Christmas adoptions.  They have made donations to help Jamie’s Smiles in past years, but this year they joined us by sponsoring our adopted families with a grant.  Our adoptions were also co-sponsored by our long-term partner in holiday adoptions, Kohl’s (26 Mile Road/Shelby Township).  Kohl’s gave us a discount, donated money to help our families and wrapped our gifts!  MANY THANKS Thrivent Financial - Macomb Pointes Chapter and Kohl’s (26 Mile in Shelby Township)!


"We are also deeply grateful to many other organizations involved in helping our adopted families including: Kroger, Meijer (Utica), St. Therese of Lisieux Parish (Shelby Township), Target (Clinton Township, Macomb & Sterling Heights), and Value Center Market (Clinton Township).  Additionally, many individuals donated items to help out our two adopted families and many other needy families with children in MIPP,” said Bates.  Since its inception in 2006, Jamie’s Smiles has given away over $87,300 in grants and donations to assist programs for children with special needs.

December 2014

 Jamie’s Smiles’ hosted a successful online auction for items signed by sports figures (like Red Wings players) and other celebrities (like author Johnathan Rand).  We conducted it on our Facebook page.  Thank you to all those who donated and purchased items! 

October 2014

On October 14, 2014, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles.  These grants are to purchase communication equipment, sensory processing and balance equipment, as well as fine and gross motor skills development tools and learning toys, to be used on site at their locations and as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching. 

December 2013

In the 2013 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $6,700 and adopted three families with a total of 15 people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP).   “Our adopted families this past holiday season needed food, clothing, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, diapers and wipes.  This year we provided for these needs as well as books and learning toys for every child and food gift cards totaling over $3,070 for our three adopted families as well as many additional families in need,” says Gretchen Bates.  Since its inception in 2006, Jamie’s Smiles has given away over $78,000 in grants and donations to assist programs for children with special needs. 

October 2013

 On October 17, 2013, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of over 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received grants from Jamie’s Smiles.  The combined total of these grants was $2,050.  These programs intend to purchase advanced auditory communication devices and cognitive development tools, gross and fine motor skills training equipment, sensory input learning toys, as well as short-term loan equipment for families to use for child development and in-home teaching.  

December 2012

In the 2012 holiday season, Jamie’s Smiles raised over $6,900 and adopted three families with a total of 14 people through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP). “Our families needed the most basic of necessities including food, clothing, hats, gloves, shoes, boots, diapers and wipes.  This year we provided for these needs and more including books and learning toys for every child and food gift cards totaling over $4,300 for our three adopted families as well as an additional 31 families in need.  The purchases for our adoption’s total retail value was over $12,700,” says Gretchen Bates.  She went on to say, “Our adoption was co-sponsored by Kohl’s (26 Mile Road/Shelby Township), who gave us a fantastic discount, donated money to help our families and wrapped our gifts, and the East Macomb Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, which supplied volunteer support and a financial gift to help our families.”


“We are also deeply grateful to the many individuals and organizations involved in helping our adopted families including: Costco (Roseville & Shelby Township), Kroger (Harrison Township), Meijer (Utica), St. Therese of Lisieux Parish (Shelby Township), Target (Clinton Township & Sterling Heights), Ulta (Shelby Township) and Value Center Market (Clinton Township),” said Bates.

July 2012

Jamie’s Smiles raised over $4,500 in its annual memorial birthday fundraiser. Thanks for helping! If you are new to our site, please check out our “Giving Opportunities” page. 

January 2012

Jamie’s Smiles’ is setting up several online auctions for items donated and signed by sports figures and other celebrities. Please “Friend” us on Facebook or check back for details about when these auctions will occur! Also, if you have a friend or relative who knows a celebrity who would sign items for us, PLEASE LET US KNOW as soon as possible! Many thanks! 

December 2011

For 2011, we adopted three families with children with special needs beginning in September through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP).  We were pleased to be able to provide the basic needs of our families this winter.  We raised and spent over $8,200 with the estimated retail value of approximately $10,800.  Gifts included clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and boots for every family member.  We provided learning toys for the children, diapers, wipes, non-perishable food and gift cards totaling almost $4,250 for perishable food items for our three adopted families as well as an additional 27 families.

October 2011

 

On October 17, 2011, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) and Glen H. Peters School, serving a combined total of about 1,000 students with special needs ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant from Jamie’s Smiles.  These programs intend to purchase a positioning chair/seat, feeding device for therapeutic feeding, a pediatric functional collection for stretching designed to enhance motor skills, as well as communication and motor skill growth teaching devices.

January 2011

Every year we adopt families with children with special needs beginning in September through local programs for children with special needs.  In December 2010,we adopted three families through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) who really needed a hand up.  We also helped an additional 25 families by giving them food, diapers, learning toys for their children and/or gift cards for food.  In total for 2010, we raised and spent over $8,200 with the estimated retail value of the gifts being over $13,000.  Check out our other past successes and family updates under “Christmas Giving” to see what all the fuss is about!

November 2010

 

Every year, Jamie’s Smiles releases two $1,000 grants to help children with special needs.  On November 1, 2010, the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP), serving over 800 children in Macomb County, and Glen H. Peters School, which serves 300 special needs students ages 3-26 in Macomb County, each received a $1,000 grant.  The programs intend to purchase a digital wheelchair, communications device and accessories, a net swing, loaner toys, feeder items, specialized motor skill development chairs and books.

June 13, 2010

 Even though the weather was overcast and the economy was tough, our June 13, 2010 memorial birthday party was a success! More than $6,000 in donations were received. If you missed the raffles, silent auction (including signed Red Wing’s items), “Red” the Robin, great food, “Decorate a Duck”, fellowship, etc. get involved!  We have projects going almost all year long!

December 2009

For Christmas, Jamie’s Smiles adopted six families with children with special needs through the Macomb Infant Preschool Program.  We then provided these 28 people with 386 gifts including clothing, hats, gloves, shoes and boots for every family member.  We also provided toys for the children, diapers, wipes and both non-perishable food and gift cards for perishable food items.

October 2009

Jamie’s Smiles has released two $1,000 grants to help special needs children.  The first grant was released to Glen H. Peters School.  This school serves over 300 special needs students ages 3-26 in Macomb County.  They are planning on purchasing sensory and gravitational assistance equipment as well as assistive communication technology with our grant.  The second grant was given to the Macomb Infant Preschool Program (MIPP) which serves 650-700 students in Macomb County with special needs every year.  They have purchased a jungle gym for the development of motor skills, improvement of balance and sensory processing.

December 2007

On December 1, 2007, our daughter, Sidney, was born to Mark, Gretchen and Logan.  She is a healthy, average little girl.  Logan adores her and Mom and Dad are very proud of her sweet nature and charismatic personality.  She smiles constantly and the Bates’ all feel very blessed by their new addition.