Melissa Marchand and Susan Merck want to help the Children's Hospital of Dartmouth, New Hampshire—the only children's hospital in their state. They go to the hospital's website and print out its wish list, and then they go to a store in town to buy all the items! Along the way they tell shopkeepers and store clerks what they are doing and if they'd like to help. By the end of the week they've gathered $8,000 in addition to the $2,000 they started with.
They visit children at the hospital to give them the gifts—dolls, DVD players and DVDs, T-shirts and books. Thanks to the help of Best Buy, which donates $3,500 in goods and contributions, Life Is Good clothing company, Barnes & Noble and Toys "R" Us the children have even more to enjoy.
"I was overwhelmed by how happy we made [the children] feel—so special, so important, so loved—not forgotten," Susan says. "The children are very sick there and we made a huge difference in their lives."