Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's Official...Christmas is Upon Us

Christmas will be here before you know it and the donations have started coming in. Thus far we have collected gifts from the employees at Pepsi and also from a live radio broadcast done from the Chick-Fil-A @ Tinseltown this past Friday by 550AM Way Radio. We have been so blessed by the generosity of those individuals who have given thus far. It is not too late to participate and put a smile on the face of a child who has to spend Christmas Day confined to the hospital. If you would like to be a part of this project, please call us at (904)612-8522.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's About Time...

It has been quite some time since we updated the blog. Our apologies, we have been working very hard on getting the website up and running. You can check it out at

Our main focus at this time is our third annual "Christmas Present Project". This is the highlight of our year when we get to put a smile on the face of a hurting child who has to spend Christmas Day in the hospital. This year we anticipate providing gifts for 75 children (infants through teenagers),10 dialysis patients, and 48 babies in the NICU at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. We will also provide gifts for 60 children in Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. This is the second year of providing gifts for the children in Shands. This came about as the result of partnering with 16 year old Riley Woods from Ocala, FL. Riley had spent 50 days in Shands as a child and wanted to give back to the institution that help him. The hospitals provide us with lists broken down by age group and suggested gift ideas for each group. The dialysis patients provide us with their own wish list from which to shop. If you would be interested in partnering with us for this project you can call (904)612-8522 or email us at

Our "Dimes for a Difference" project is also going on at this time. This is one of the ways we raise funds to be able to do what we do. Pepsi has partnered with us to provide drink bottles which we have turned into banks. This is a relatively easy way for the community to be a part of the work that we do. Not everyone feels that they can give a lump sum donation to the foundation (especially in the current economic times),however, almost everyone accumulates spare change that can be dropped into one of our banks. It adds up over time. These funds are used to support the children and families of non-cancer patients at three area hospitals, Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Shands Hospital in Gainesville, and Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola. To date,this year, we have helped 20 families with support totaling $20,000. If this is something you would like to help us with give us a call at (904)612-8522

Our Radio Show "Journey's With Christ" airs each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. on 550AM, Way Radio. This week our show featured the Harrington Family. Having recently lost their two year old son and brother, Mack Michael, theirs was a story of hope, faith, dependence, and love. It was our Thanksgiving show and the Harrington's shared how valuable and special the "little" things of life really are. If you would like a copy of their show just call us at (904)612-8522. If you can't get the station in your area, you can listen online by going to click on 550AM and then click on listen online. Upcoming shows include the follow:

Nov. 28 - Mike McCoy - Business owner
Dec. 05 - Brian Butler - Dinsmore Baptist Youth Director
Dec. 12 - Ken Neikirk and family
Dec. 19 - Christmas Show
Dec. 26 - Randy Wilson, Pastor

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Ft. Caroline Baptist Carnival

What a God-day we had yesterday at Ft. Caroline Baptist's annual Fall Festival/Carnival. Our Lord provided a beautiful day and the turnout was fabulous. At Christ's Starfish Foundation we are very grateful for the opportunity Ft. Caroline Baptist has given us to be a part of their carnival the last two years. Yesterday we were Blessed with the opportunity to share how our Lord is working through His foundation. The results He provided yesterday were truly a God-thing. We had 27 individuals sign up to sponsor a child that will be in Wolfson Children's Hospital on Christmas day. We also had 19 banks taken to put dimes and other coins in for 3-4 months to fund our work at Christ's Starfish. Here is a thought that came to me last night as I was reflecting on the carnival activity. I believe yesterday 27individuals accepted God's call to answer a child's or their families' prayer. 27 children will have a smile on their face on Christmas day because of these 27 obedient people. How cool is it when our Lord taps us on the shoulder and presents us with the opportunity to do His work. WOW!!!! What a blessing to be used by God. Those who were called to take a bank also are an answer to a hurting child's families prayer. These coins will go to pay an electric bill, a rent or mortgage payment, car payment or any other need a family has due to their child's hospitalization. Thank you to each of you for your willingness to answer God's call.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Journeys With Christ

"Journeys With Christ" is a radio show dedicated to sharing Christ's love through personal testimonies. You can hear "Journey's With Christ" each Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. on 550AM Way Radio. Our guest will share how our Lord is working and molding their lives. These stories will inspire, encourage, and bring you closer to our Lord's purpose for your own life. Please join us each Saturday.

Upcoming Shows
Sept. 26 - Rene Williams -cancer survivor, blogger
Oct. 03 - Johnny Jones, Christian author
Oct. 10 - Christ's Starfish Foundation Story
Oct. 17 - Wolfson Children's Hospital interview
Oct. 24 - Christ's Starfish Foundation partners

Future Shows
Patrick Hayle - Executive Director City Rescue Mission
Mike McCoy - Former homeless person, business owner

If you are not near a radio, Journeys With Christ can also be heard by going to and clicking on 550AM and then click on listen online.
If you have a story to share about how our Lord is working in your life or in the life of someone you know, please contact us at . Thank you.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

"Joshua" Project Update

We are proud to announce that the "Joshua" Project, through our Lord's leading has come to a wonderful conclusion. On Thursday, August 6, 2009, Joshua's parents, Ian and Patrice Fletcher, took ownership of a 2001 Honda Odyssey minivan. The most incredible thing about the "Joshua" project is how our Lord continues to use "His" people to accomplish "His" work. Over twenty individuals contributed to make this dream a reality. To everyone that was obedient to God's call on their life, a sincere thank you comes from Joshua's family and well as Christ's Starfish Foundation. Without you, none of this work could be possible.

As you will recall, Joshua is a precious little boy born June 8, 2008 with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Joshua has endured several surgeries with the last one making it necessary for him to be on a ventilator to assist him in breathing. Joshua's family needed to replace their small vehicle with one that had doors that would open wide to accomodate Joshua while attached to his ventilator and all the other equipment that he required (see previous post). Please join us in continuing to lift little Joshua up in prayer as he continues to endure the effects of this progressive disease.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dimes for a Difference

One of our annual fundraisers is our "Dimes for a Difference" program. Pepsi has partnered with the foundation to supply us with one liter bottles that we have turned into banks. Our goal is to pass out 1,000 banks in the Jacksonville community to raise funds to help meet the needs of the children at Wolfson Children's Hospital and the families of the non-cancer patient who have needs due to their children being hospitalized. We can not do what we do without partners. If you would like to partner with us and take a bank to fill with coins, please contact us either on this blog or at our email address .You can also call us at (904)612-8522. Please know that 100% of all money donated goes directly to help this cause.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Year-End Reports



PROJECTS 2008 (33 total projects)_________$30,164.94


IRS FILING FEE*___________________________$750.00

DEPOSIT CORRECTION______________________$100.00

CARRYOVER PROJECTS_____________________($308.31)


Friday, May 1, 2009


In October 2007, I was contacted by Jim Hutchinson,a social worker at Wolfson Children's Hospital. He wanted me to come to the hospital and meet a young man named Ben McCollum. My first impression of Ben was his looks. I thought he looked like Matthew McConaughey...a good looking kid. I really liked Ben from the first time we met in that room at Wolfson. Due to Ben's cystic fibrosis, he had a high caloric requirement each day of approximately 4100 calories. His busy school schedule and the multiple breathing treatments he had to do did not allow him to go to the cafeteria enough to meet his needs. He needed help with a Publix gift card to allow him to buy his food supplies. Since November 2007, we supplied Ben with a Publix gift card for each month he was in school. He was always grateful and expressed his appreciation. We were able to partner with Ben because you partnered with us. To all our partners, a special thank you for your support. We are making a difference in Christ's name as He leads.

A Tribute to Ben

With our work at Wolfson Children's Hospital we are blessed to meet many children and young adults who exhibit a faith, courage, and an attitude toward life that is amazing. One such individual was Benjamin Jon McCollum. Ben passed away March 30, 2009 at the age of 21 after a life long battle with cystic fibrosis. To Ben's family, his adopted family, and the seemingly hundreds of people that were at his service, our prayers go out to each and every one of you. To you ran a great race. It was a privilege to know you. May God just hold you in His arms forever and ever. Breathe easy!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

The "Crystal" Project

Last year we took on our biggest project to date. The social workers at Wolfson Children's hospital asked us if we could help provide a wheelchair accessible van for Crystal Jones who was born with Spina Bifida. Crystal had a power wheelchair but her family's van could not accomodate it. This meant that Crystal had to crawl from her chair to their van. We weren't sure we could take on something of this magnitude but God reminded us that although we can't -He can! Thanks to all of the wonderful people who partnered with us we were able to raise $15,000 and the Jones family traded in their existing van for the beautiful van pictured. Crystal was so excited. This van has made a world of difference for their family. It has given Crystal such independence. Her mom states that sometimes Crystal goes out and gets in the van and does her homework while watching a movie. It also has allowed Crystal and her dad, who both play saxophone, to travel and do concerts at different churches. We would like to thank all of the people who contributed to this project for making such a difference in the name of Jesus Christ, in the life of this deserving young lady.

The "Joshua" Project

Our current project is for a little boy named Joshua who was born in June 2008 with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) a motor neuron disease. The motor neurons affect the voluntary muscles that are used for activities such as crawling, walking, head and neck control, and swallowing. Joshua has had numerous surgeries performed on him with the latest being a tracheotomy which requires him to be ventilated at all times. Joshua's condition has created a need for a vehicle with doors that open wide to allow him to be placed in the vehicle while still attached to his ventilator. It also needs to have enough space for his equipment such as the ventilator, heater, oximeter, suction machine, his cough assist machine, and a couple tanks of oxygen. The family's current vehicle is too small and they are financially unable to purchase a vehicle at this time. They have asked for assistance in purchasing a used minivan in good running condition.

Christ's Starfish Foundation has pledged $2,000 to the "Joshua" Project. We need to raise another $3,000 to $5,000 in order to fulfill this need. If God leads you to help little Joshua, please send your donation to Christ's Starfish Foundation, 1175o Coastal Lane West, Jacksonville, FL 32258. Please notate "Joshua" project on the memo portion of your check. Please know that all donations are tax deductible and 100% of your contribution goes directly to purchase a van for Joshua's family. We need the help of our partners to make this request a reality.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Journeys with Christ

Christ's Starfish Foundation has a new radio broadcast, and we are excited to share it with you! Every Saturday night at 11:00pm eastern, you can tune in to hear Journeys with Christ, a show about ordinary people with extraordinary stories to share because of the way that Jesus Christ is at work in their lives. This week's guest is Rene Williams, a breast cancer survivor who recently lost her husband after his own battle with lung cancer. The story that she has to share is one worth listening to. Her unwavering faith in the Lord throughout these storms in her life is definitely an encouragement. During her husband Johnny's illness, she maintained a blog where she shared their journey and her heart. If you would like to listen to her story, go to at 11:00 on Saturday night. We think that you will be blessed!

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Welcome to the Christ's Starfish Foundation blog! We hope to be able to keep our partners and friends better up to date with projects that we are working on and share with you the ways that God is at work around us. Thanks for checking in!