Wow, you all made a BIG roar yesterday! Simply put: Little Lion Challenge Day was the best kind of heart therapy around.

With the assistance of some amazing partners and friends, we were lucky enough to surprise many different organizations that have touched the Little Lion Man’s life in the past year and others that are doing so much good for our community. Here’s what we did:

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

With the generosity of Soft & Cozy Baby, Charm City Babies, Rileyroos, MD Moms, Relay Foods, Workman Publishing, and Beata Lorinc – Arbonne Independent Consultant, we were able to surprise NICU Patients at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center with gift bags. Each NICU also received a brand new mamRoo infant swing, courtesy of 4moms.

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

Flavor Cupcakery helped us treat the nurses at JHH’s NICU with this fabulous Little Lion cupcakes! Laura Beynon from Cupcakes and Lemonade whipped up some delicious cookies for the GBMC NICU staff and nurses!

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

Because our readers totally rock, we were able to surprise Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital with brand new pajamas for their pediatric patients. aMuse Toys also hosted valentine making sessions and dropped off valentines to MWPH’s incredible staff.

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

With the help of Green Healthy Cleaning and Landscaping, we surprised The Ark Preschool (Baltimore’s only accredited preschool that services homeless children) with tote bags (and fabric crayons/markers to customize!), toothbrushes and books for their students, as well as several supply items on their wish list!

Little Lion Challenge Day 2014 - (cool) progeny

Blue Orange Games sent us 50 Flapz games — which were delivered to the Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai to help surprise some of their pediatric patients!

We ended our day with a stop at the Milton Dance Center for Head and Neck Surgery, which is getting brand new pediatric treatment rooms. The new playspaces will be full of cool, smart toys thanks to the generosity of aMuse Toys and Shananigans Toy Shop! (Including fun wall art/mosaic pieces and a brand new train table!). The rooms are still under construction, but we’ll post photos of the toys in the new space as soon they open!!

That’s HUNDREDS of children who were touched by yesterday’s Little Lion Challenge Day — and those are just the projects (cool) progeny took the lead on. Read on to see how others made a little roar…

How Others Made a Little Roar and Took on the Little Lion Challenge

Our students in Winter Garden, Florida, in honor of Little Lion Man, went to Golden Pond (an assisted living place) and entertained the residents. Also, our students are sending school and personal supplies to the children in Haiti. Supplies will be leaving for Haiti this Friday and will be personally delivered by a missionary.

Taking the challenge to the west coast with a little coffee buying for a friend and the woman behind me in line. She wished LLM a happy birthday as well!

We are helping our kids reach out to family and friends to collect items for the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati. This is a work in progress, but we are hoping to create our own little “Kindness Monster(s)”! Thank you for the inspiration and thank you for all the kind things you do!

Spreading some scratch off love to cars parked down by City Dock in Annapolis.

I have decided to giveaway a custom owl or bird (winner’s choice) to an expecting mother to match the nursery (from Tara at TZ Burps).

In honor of the LLM, just paid a strangers vet bill… Gotta keep those lions roaring.

I was personally inspired by the Little Lion Challenge (my BF and I helped out at a local soup kitchen on Saturday night!) It was beautiful, how can these people be so friendly when they are down on their luck?”

Nested Bean, LLC, sent four Zen Swaddle Blankets to Harvest Home in LA.

My son recently had a birthday (his 7th) I asked him if he’d be willing to not receive presents but instead ask people to donate to a local Nature Center (where his birthday was held). I did not mandate this, simply asked. He thought about it and agreed. We ended up raising $635 for the Center and he was super-proud of his accomplishment.

At GBMC, there was an ‘epidemic’ of people paying for parking for the car behind them — in honor of the LLM’s birthday!

Students at First English Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten made valentines for area assisted living communities.

Local Color Flowers made flower arrangements using locally grown flowers. Delivered one to the staff at Barclay Elementary, Margaret Brent Elementary, The streets cleaning crew at the Charles Vilage Benefits District and the staff at the Village Learning place.

I’ll be dropping off a lasagna at the fire station tonight, leaving “dollar bombs” at the dollar store and delivering cleverly disguised wine to the kids’ teachers.

In honor of my grandson’s 1st birthday tomorrow you will find me loading up the parking meters in Hinsdale.

Delivered new art supplies to Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School!

To join the challenge today, a pot of navy bean soup is cooking on the stove to be donated to our local homeless shelter run by Veterans Support Center of America; and starting today,we will donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital every month to support their efforts to save our children!

We got four $5 Starbucks cards to hand out to our NICU families today in honor of the LLM!

Stopped in a new Dunkin Donuts in Catonsville to buy 12 Donuts for the next 12 customers, but the owner said they were on him after I explained why.


Beyond grateful. Thank you to all of you who helped us celebrate Little Lion Man’s incredible first year. #PayItForward