Ho Ho Ho serving up Smiles to go:) Comfort and Cheers through this month of December:)

Traveling the Miles to bring Smiles in a Big Way :)
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A star is born…JJ in a commercial:)
Wednesday –December 3
TMC pediatrics, children’s clinic, hospice and Diamond Children’s              10:00 a.m to 3
Tuesday –December 9
Foothills Care Home
Jingle bell -Cart rides with YahYa and pets for his elf friend                          2:00 to 3:00
Saturday –December 13
Birthday parties                                                                   10:30 to 11:30  &   3:00 to 4:00
Monday –December 15
Sin Vicas Memory care          Inside with Elves, Buddy and Snickers      1:30 to 2:30
Sunrise Assisted Living                                                                             3:15 to 4:15
Tuesday –December 16
Rise Services                         Clydesdale Cheers and Mini Smiles        10:30 to 11:30
Casas Adobes(Desertlife)                                                                         1:00 to 2:00
Wedesday –December 17
TMC pediatrics, Childrens Clinic, Peppi’s House                                    10:00 to 12:30
Diamond Children’s Hospital
Step Up Into T.L.C.’s ponies will be teaming up with http://www.sentinelcarriagecompany.com/christmas-rides               1:00 to 2:00
Saturday –December 20
Atria Campana Del Rio                                                                                1:00 to 2:00
Monday –December 22
Diamond Children’s Hospital       inside with Sir Snickers and Buddy       11:00 a.m.  to ?
Tuesday –December 23
New Challenge Adult Care         Brining Santa in with JJ and Dillon          10:30 to 11:30
Christmas Party with the Greene’s                                                              4:30 to 5:50
Monday –December 29
Creative Care Adult and Kidz          Clydesdale Cheer and mini Smiles    11:30 to 2:00
Tuesday –December 30
TMC pediatrics inside with   Sir Snickers and Buddy                                 11:00

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 2014:

New halters of all sizes and lead ropes
Child saddle
Physillium and worming paste
Desitin/ zinc oxide
A printing company to donate material and time
GAS cards
Monetary donations

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 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.  My father loves to share the horses at  the nursing facilities with us. He 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.

THANK YOU to Old Pueblo Rotary Club: for your support and your donation. Because of your support and donation the trailer has had a complete overhaul and is structurally ready to safely carry our therapy team over the miles to bring smiles. You have helped make our Mission Possible!
Our volunteers  and donors past and present:

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, Lori Faith : Photography By Faith. Susie Burkholder,  Home Depot, Kim Burgo and Danny 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
(520) 297-8311desertlifercc.com
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—


A presentation, photos and pets at the Bear Canyon Library on Tuesday 7/10/12

We were greeted by an eager crowd. Ready to learn about JJ, Dillon and Sir Snickers. After the presentation everyone was asked to line up  so they could come up and pet each of our quiet horses and have photos taken.

I gave the presentation while volunteer Don Hendrix held JJ.
JJ is 8 years old, stands 17.2 hands tall and weighs approx. 1800 lbs
He eats about 50 lbs of food a day (and the children corrected me when I asked if he ate hamburgers?) and drinks about 30 gallons of ….yes- Water a day!

A blessing is: a volunteer who loves sharing smiles!
Diane Rockhill shares Dillon with the children and their families.

Volunteer Sherry Harris Hardy helps with making special moments.
Sharing her love for horses and SIr Snickers!

Just as we were getting ready to load JJ into his trailer a very upset woman asked if her elderly father could meet and pet our “Gentle Giant”. They had missed the presentation at the library and were very disappointed. Volunteer Diane stepped up to the job..parking lot pets and Smiles!

“Hey Snicks, we sure did have a nice time in the city today but there’s no place like home. Race ya back to the barn”