Shower us with your Smiles and Stories in and around town in July

Traveling the Miles to bring Smiles in a Big Way :)

We are booking Birthday parties, Special events and Weddings-call 520-400-7426
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Why do we travel the Miles?
A star is born…JJ in a commercial:)
Wednesday –July 1                                         
TMC pediatrics, Childrens Clinic, Peppi’s House                                    10:00 to 12:30
Diamond Children’s Hospital                                                                   1:00 to 2:00
Friday –July 3
Sin Vicas Memory care                                                                            1:00 to 2:00
Sunday–July 5
Birthday party -2 ponies Lakeside Park                                                   6:00 to 7:00
Tuesday –July 7
New Challenge Kids camp        YahYa and the cart/ Dillon                    10:30 to 11:30
Wednesday –July8
Southwest Library   6855 S. Mark Rd.    Presentation inside                  10:30 to 11:30
Thursday –July 9
Sunrise Assisted Living                         Minis inside                                2:30 to 3:30
Saturday –July 11
Birthday party –1 pony                                                                             6:30 to 7:30
Wednesday–July 15
TMC pediatrics, Childrens Clinic, Peppi’s House                                    10:00 to 12:30
Diamond Children’s Hospital                                                                    1:00 to 2:00
Friday –July 17
Maricopa Library            Presentation JJ & Buddy inside                         3:00 to 5:00
Saturday –July 18
Atria Campana Del Rio                                                                           10:30 to 11:30
Monday –July 20
Birthday party 2 ponies
Tuesday — June 16
Casas Adobe Rehabilitation                                                                    10:30 to 11:30
Wednesday –July 22
Villas of Houghton                        Minis inside                                          9:00 to 10:00
Rise Services                                                                                           10:30 to 11:30
Saturday –July 25
Birthday Party 1 pony                                                                                  1:30 to 2:30
Monday –July 27
Diamond Children’s Hospital       inside with Sir Snickers and Buddy       11:00 a.m.  to ?Tuesday–July 28
TMC pediatrics inside with   Sir Snickers and Buddy                                 11:00 to ?
Brookdale Ventana Memory Care                                                                2:45 to 3:45

June hospice visit with Kiiri 2015June visit

TMC Junetmc june 18June Library 2015June Brookdale Assisted livingVillas and KaydeGayla June


How You Can Help: Volunteers and Donations

Step Up Into T.L.C. is funded through DONATIONS.

Also through the proceeds from pony and horse-drawn cart rides for birthdays and special events help to support our program.

Wish list for 2015:
Physillium and worming paste
Desitin/ zinc oxide
A printing company to donate material and time
GAS cards
Monetary donations

Materials and labor to build a bath area for the horses with a bathroom attached for our volunteers.

I would like to thank all of you for your interest in volunteering. There are several ways you can help:

(1) Ranch chores.
2) Make phone calls to local day cares and schools to set up times for us to come in and give a presentation with JJ our Clydesdale horse and Snickers our Miniature horse. A small donation really helps with gas.
3) Call or visit local businesses to ask for donations. Pima Federal Credit Union donated 200 hand held calculators for us to hand out to the children for back to school month. These were given out to the children at TMC hospital and UMC hospital also The Childrens Clinic on our last visit. We can always use washable paints and horse supplies.
4) Hand out and post brochures and info for Step Up Into T.L.C.
5) Ideas for fundraisers and someone to be in charge of putting it together. For example: Bake sales, Gaslight theater groups, rides and games out in front of a store. Maybe contact a Rotary or Kiwanis club that is looking for a charity to do a fundraiser for.
6) Help at the events.
7) Help with the visits to our local Nursing and Retirement homes.

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to my husband. Gregg, with all he did for Step Up Into T.L.C.. When people ask if he was a horse lover, I would smile and tell them I am the horse lover, he loved to build and lucky for me, he loved me. He was a great source of support and inspiration.
Also to my Father who loved to share the horses at  the nursing facilities with us. He would always tells the residents at the various facilities when we introduce ourselves that I am the best daughter he has ever had. And I jokingly say..”that’s because I am your only daughter.” The residents all laugh and it helps to get our feel good therapy started.
Thankful for all the donations, time and support from : Linda Allen, Lori Faith, Jimmy at Big Tex Trailers, Tucson Dodge, El Rio Health Center, Kris and Don Hendrix, Scott and Karen Smith and their three children, Anne and Harold Foster, Susan Marshall, Gayla Strong, Ashley Albert, Hailey Albert, Tamera Albert, Kirsten, George Roach, Lisa Rankin, Justine and Tallie Negaard, Sherry Harris Hardy, Darlene Wager, Mary, Cynthia Levfko, Jenny Kendall, Kandie and Drew Vactor, Sylvia, Bryce, Braden and Karli, Post Feed, Doug and Diane Mayhew, Savanah, Melissa and Abigale, Laurie Easley,  Stephanie Hendrickson, Todd and Lisa Roahrig,Debbie Confer, Betty Confer, Debbie Confer: Tucson Medical Center, Pima Federal Credit Union,Just to name a few  Bruce and Ginny Shaffer, Susie Wilcox and Bank of America,  and David and Betty Confer. Scott Kodysz:photographs   Nicole Zupan: my beautiful daughter and an awesome volunteer, Channel 4 News– 12/2/09 Making a Difference segment

Not what we give,
But what we share,
For the gift
without the giver
Is bare.
~James Russell Lowell
Step Up Into T.L.C. would like to thank all of our volunteers and donors for their precious gift of sharing.

A blessed day for a walk, a pet and a Smile:)

Our visits today began with TMC pediatrics..Buddy was lead down the sidewalk by a little boy while our Dillon pony was rode by one VERY happy little girl.  Sunshine and a smile!



Our next stop brought us to the Childrens Clinic..Walking Buddy along side of her chair was just as much fun as riding Mosey the pony a few years ago.




 Buddy brought “blessing” and smiles for everyone at Peppis House


She may have wanted to ride Dillon pony and walk Buddy but today she was just glad to be able to pet and take in the love these two little guys had to offer. Diamond Childrens

Pirate Ponies out on their adventures

Our adventurous Pirate ponies, Captain Dill and his mate, Slick Snick traveled the high heat to four different far away places in search of treasures.

Visits included:
Tucson Medical Center’s Pediatrics
Square and Compass Children’s Clinic
Peppis House Hospice
Diamond Children’s Medical Center


And treasures they did find. Colorful gems, I love yous and SMILES…arr matey!

A note from Eva’s Mom

Dear Nancie, Karen, George and volunteers of Step Up Into T.L.C.,

Eva’s first pony ride!

In April my 3 year old daughter Eva and I stayed at Peppi’s house, anticipating an overnight stay she would be having the following week. While we were at Peppi’s house, you allowed Eva to ride one of your pony’s, something I never thought imaginable! That was a wonderful and emotional day for me, for a moment my child was normal and healthy on that horse! On June 15 at 6 am, our Eva left us to take her place in heaven, it has been a difficult and lonely road for me and for our family, but as I work through my emotions and particularly as I look to find comfort, I remember that Eva enjoyed the short life she had. Eva knew love, Eva knew joy and your program and your horses were part of that!! Please relay this message to the volunteers, I am eternally grateful for the experience Eva had that Wednesday in April at Peppi’s house!

Sincerely, Gabriela Diaz Pena


Traveling the Miles to Bring Smiles- where, when and what time?

Our ongoing monthly visits are:
The 3rd Tuesday of each month call for times

Kindred Transitional Care & Rehab-Northwest
1919 W Medical St, Tucson, AZ 85704

 unless something else comes up.

The 3rd Saturday of each month call for times
Atria Campana Del Rio
1550 East River Road  Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 299-1941
unless something else comes up.

Wednesday (twice a month)

TMC Pediatrics at 10a.m.
Children’s Clinic
Peppis House at 11:30 to 12:30
Diamond Children’s Hospital at 1p.m. until

Monday (once a month)
Diamond Children’s Hospital at 11a.m.
Inside with the miniature horses—