Happy Crates is a unique Gift and Subscription Crate company that is dedicated to sharing SMILES with children fighting cancer in the U.S.
A portion of EVERY purchase helps to fund our Mission to provide these Courageous Cancer Warriors with Happy Crates, host FUN hospital events, and help to put a SMILE on their face!
In addition, $1 from EVERY piece of apparel purchased helps to fund critical Childhood Cancer Research through our partner, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.
One step closer to a CURE....one SMILE at a time!!
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The Happy Crates Family
The Family Behind The Crate
Hi there!!! We are the Leonard's....your typical, small town, rural family of 5, with a strong love for family, friends, and making people SMILE!!! We have 3 beautiful (energetic, crazy, spunky, silly, outgoing) kids who keep us on our toes, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Their love for life and adventure is amazing, and we cherish every second, as they grow WAY too fast! As you become parents, you just assume that you're going to teach your child everything, and that's the most important part! What we've learned thus far though, is that the things that our children teach/show us are far beyond what we could've ever imagined!
We became parents in August of 2009, when we welcomed our sweet baby boy, Darren, into the world. He was perfect, and we officially had our own little family!!! When he was 6 weeks old, his left eye became "lazy," and being concerned 1st time parents, we decided to get a 2nd opinion, and went to visit an ophthalmologist at our local children's hospital. At that very appointment, our journey with childhood cancer began. Darren, was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor at just 8 weeks old. Life was perfect before that day, but we were bound and determined to make it that way every day after, despite all that we'd go through, and still continue to go through on this journey.
While walking the halls of the hospital after Darren's diagnosis, time and time again, we learned the TRUE value of a smile. Something that I believe we ALL take for granted at some point, in our crazy busy lives, hustling from one thing to another, just worrying about ourselves, and taking care of our families. However, I must say, that smile from that stranger walking towards us in the hall, or that little one glancing up for a quick grin while racing down the hall to their appointment, began to brighten some of the darkest times. It was then, that we realized that something that could help bring US joy through our journey, was by helping to bring joy to others!
Our family started with "Darren's Joy Bags" back in 2012, which were bags filled with fun toys and activities to help keep the kids busy while doing their treatments, inpatient stays, etc. We would put a post on fb reaching out to our friends and family, letting them know that we had a goal of delivering these bags to the oncology kids at Darren's hospital, and if anyone would like to help, to let us know! It never failed, in a matter of 24 hrs, or less, we'd end up with double our goal, and often times, + some! Year after year, it grew and we expanded to delivering them to another area hospital, in addition to our own! We learned that people wanted a way to help, but just never knew how to go about doing something like this, other than just donating toys to the hospital. THEY were excited that they got to have a direct impact in making a child smile, and WE were excited to get to witness that SMILE when we delivered them to the hospital!
We truly believe that attitude is such a HUGE part of the battle, for not only the child, but the family as well. Through treatments, hospital stays, illness, surgeries, pokes, and EVERYTHING else that comes with the cancer treatment, seeing a simple SMILE on their face can brighten even the darkest days. You see, the words "your child has cancer" are words that NO parent should ever have to hear, but until that day comes, we're determined to do everything that we can do to put SMILES on the faces of these kids that fight a fight that no child should ever have to endure.
We're hoping that by spreading SMILES and raising awareness for childhood cancer, TOGETHER, we'll be able to make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer in the U.S.!
Always remember to have COURAGE, be KIND, spread JOY, and END childhood cancer!!
-Derrick, Lauren, Darren, Mia and Matthew
Better known as "Darren's Dad" "Darren's Mom" "The MAN himself" "Official Toy Tester 1" "Official Toy Tester 2"