The Little Saint Nick Foundation (LSNF) helps ill children cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and activities. We touch the lives of a sick child all along their journey from the time they arrive at the emergency room, the diagnosis thru their hospital stay. We make emergency room gift bags with a beanie baby, coloring book and crayons for every child who visits the emergency room. We build playrooms and teen lounges in hospitals and provide lap top computers, printers so the kids can E-Mail, do their homework, play computer games and chat with family and friends.
We build mobile entertainment systems that include a flat screen TV, DVD player, video game players and plenty of popular DVD’s and video games. We provide hospitals with hundred of thousands popular toys, books and arts and crafts for all ages. Several times a year we make special visits to a hospital with a sports star or celebrity to create a positive memory of their hospital stay.
We grant wishes, not just to terminally ill children, but any child that needs to take their mind off the pain that they are in.
LSNF changes the way a child views a hospital by making it a more kid friendly place. We provide the patients with an escape from the doctors, nurses, treatments and doing something fun to keep their mind off their illness.
The LSNF vision is to establish chapters in local communities in all 50 states in the United States to develop and nurture a nationwide culture of volunteerism and service to others amongst kids of all ages. We accomplish this by providing a turnkey suite of services and support programs, and educational scholarships to kids in each local chapter who aspire to improving the lives of other kids during their hospitalization stays. The goal is to have an organization for kids that is organized by kids, with the goal of “Kids Inspiring and Helping Kids”.
About Our Founder:
The Little Saint Nick Foundation(LSNF) was founded in 2004 by Raymond Mohler, Jr. at age six. Ray suffered from Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (LCPD), a rare childhood hip disorder found mostly in children between the ages of four to six years old that is initiated by the temporary disruption of blood flow to the femur. Feeling fortunate that he did not have a life-threatening nor permanent disease, but rather one that is treatable and fully-recoverable, Ray decided he needed to give back to the kids whom he left behind at the hospital who were not as fortunate as was Ray. Ray’s mission – even at his young age – was to help relieve the fear, anxiety and isolation experienced by children related to the child’s hospital visit and recovery.
Over the past 14 years, Ray has become a well-respected youth philanthropist. He has developed many anxiety relief programs in conjunction with pediatric hospitals and has successfully changed how kids experience their hospital visits.
Ray has developed programs to relieve the fear, anxiety and isolation related to hospitalization. Some of these programs include an emergency room gift bag program, mobile entertainment program, wish granting program, sports star visits, hospital party events, toy room program and a Day’s of Giving Program – all centered upon improving the lives of hospitalized kids.
Going from serving hospitalized kids to speaking in front of school children, Ray has sparked a national movement in the name community service. The stated mission of the LSNF is “Kids Inspiring and Helping Kids.” Under this mission, the LSNF emphasizes providing vital emotional support to kids experiencing the trauma of hospitalization. Guided by Ray’s leadership and its board of directors and advisors, the LSNF has inspired thousands of kids from across the country to take up the mantle of serving the greater good, creating a national youth movement never seen before in America.