Sunday, January 1, 2012

I Feel the Love Project- January 2012

I Feel the Love Project: January 2012
In Loving Memory of Olivia Cappelluti
8/2/2011 - 12/21/2011

As the New Year begins I would like to thank all my followers and those of you who support the "I Feel The Love Project".  Without you, this project would not be possible.  Today I would like to announce that for the month of January, the family of Olivia Cappelluti from Santiago, Chile will be the recipients of our handcrafted cards.   
Jon- Dad, Tommy-Brother, Loreto-Mom, Amanda- Twin Sister, Vicky- Sister

Here is Olivia's story as told by her grandmother, Ms. Ethel St. John of California:

"Olivia Cappelluti was born on Aug. 2, 2011 to parents, Jon and Loreto Lara Cappelluti.  She was a twin, weighing only 2.2 lbs at birth, and,  as a result of unusual developmental patterns, had both heart and lung defects.  Her life expectancy was two weeks.  Defying the odds, Olivia not only lived, she thrived, remaining in the hospital, gaining weight and preparing herself for open-heart surgery.  Two months later, the first surgery was performed and afterwards, this spunky 2-month old was able to be disconnected from all life-support tubes and took nourishment for the first time by mouth!  
October 7, 2011
On Monday, Dec. 19th, at 4 ½ months old, Olivia was taken in for her second open-heart surgery, this one more complicated and risky than the first one.  She was on the operating table for nine hours while surgeons worked diligently to correct her heart defects.  This amazing little fighter survived this ordeal, but her battle wasn’t over.  During the next 24 hours, a blockage developed.  The doctors realized her only hope was yet another surgery.  Wednesday morning, while in the operating room, God called her home…her work here was done.  Heaven had a new little angel that day….we miss her."

December 17, 2011

Olivia's parents, Jon and Loreto had hoped and prayed that they would be taking Olivia home by Christmas.  God had other plans.  At this time, we need to stand behind this family as they grieve the loss the of their beautiful daughter.  You can help by making a card that says thinking of you, with sympathy, or just a pretty blank card that you can write a nice message in.  Please add your own message inside and where you are from.  This family lives in Santiago, Chile.  We are spreading our love to South America.  Thank you in advance for your support.  This family is grieving and your words will mean a lot to them.

 Submit your card/s by January 31st to:

Madison Womack
(IFTL) Funky Cards
P.O. Box 1203
Atascadero, CA  93423
                                Project #7

 Please share your card with everyone by linking it to my blog before you put it in the mail.  Click HERE to find the photo gallery.

Thank you in advance for the compassion and 
love you will give to the Cappelluti family.