On November 3, 2013, The Bonham Family Foundation hosted a party to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a division of Samaritan’s Purse (Samaritan’s Purse is the foundation headed by Franklin Graham – son of Billy Graham.) The idea behind Operation Christmas Child is to fill shoeboxes with Christmas gifts for needy children, to be distributed throughout the world. They have filled over 1,000,000 shoeboxes since the project began, distributing them to children in 130 countries.
In 2012 our own family filled shoeboxes to donate. We decided to spread the word about our own foundation and increase our Christmas giving by inviting friends and extended family to participate in the project in 2013. We held our gathering at the Schaumburg Recreation Center and asked participants to bring the recommended items – hard candy, small toys, crayons, stuffed animals, etc. Families spent the afternoon filling boxes and writing letters to the children who would be receiving the boxes. Of course there were treats to share when our work was done. We are pleased to say that we sent thirty-six shoe boxes to children we felt we knew through our day of sharing and writing letters.
On May 10th, Bigby's Pour House in Addison hosted a fundraister for our family foundation. We raised money to be given to our 2013 charities. The event was called Pour it Forward. Adam Schulte from Artisnal Imports collaborated with Michael Bonham, a trustee and co-manager of Bigby's Pour House for the event. Adam poured roughly forty beers that were donated to the Trapist Monks, who brew the beer. The rest of the keg of beer was bought for $7 and proceeds went to the foundation as well as $5 La Trappe goblets. It was a terrific event!
On October 2nd, 2011 we held an event to raise money for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation to honor our friend, Teagan Lane. The event was held at Pinstripes in Barrington, Illinois, where participants enjoyed brunch, bocce ball, bowling.
The members of our foundation and all who attended the fundraiser were happy to have the opportunity to meet Teagan and her family. Teagan herself loves all around her, has no prejudices, undying curiosity - and she loves to dance! Spending the day with Teagan helped us all realize the joy and challenges her family experiences with Angelman Syndrome.