Monday, December 3, 2012

The JTSF Cookbook!

Did you get your JTSF Cookbook yet? If you didn't, you're missing out! So many of our amazing supporters purchased cookbooks that we had to reorder more the first day we had them in stock!


It is almost 70 pages of delicious recipes, beautiful stories and gorgeous photos from all of you!

There are some sneak peeks below but if you want all of the good stuff you need to order your own.

But wait! These make incredible holiday gifts and proceeds benefit families with children battling childhood cancer right here in the JTSF support area!

Get yours today at the bottom of our SHOP page!



Monday, November 26, 2012

Gifts That Give Twice

We know you struggle to find the perfect gift for that one person in your family who has everything. And it's nearly impossible to please everyone, right?

That's why we thought we'd help you out with our own JTSF Holiday Gift Guide! Every one of these gifts gives twice and helps to fight childhood cancer locally by supporting families and kids and other small organizations.

Get ready to cross people off your list!

We have everything from t-shirts to water bottles, stickers to bracelets to deck your family and friends out in our logo merchandise! Spread our mission and wear our gear! Proceeds from each sale help
JTSF do what we do!

  • Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation Cookbook
    It's almost 70 pages of recipes, stories and photos that you'll want to cherish forever - perfect for all those cooks and book hoarders in your life! All recipes were submitted by community members and JTSF supporters and many include amazing stories.
    The book can be pre-ordered at the top of the blog until December 1st for holiday delivery and includes a special gift!
    Please note: any orders placed after December 1st will not be guaranteed holiday delivery!

Make a donation to the JTSF holiday toy drive benefiting the PSHCH pediatric oncology outpatient clinic. (More information here!) You can make your donation in honor or memory of a loved one or friend and make them feel extra special knowing that their love will make a very special child smile during the holidays! *When making your donation, please let us know the name and address of who you'd like to honor so we can recognize them and/or their family!

  • Smell This Candle Co. Smell This Candle Co. makes amazing, all-natural, soy wax candles that smell delicious! Plus, they donate 10% of all their sales to JTSF all year round. We fill our homes with these candles and we wouldn't recommend anything else! They make excellent gifts for the special people in your lives. 

Still dont know what to do? 

  • Hit the donate button on the top of the blog and give to JTSF in honor of that special person this holiday season! When checking out with PayPal leave us a note with that person's name and address and we'll send them a very special card letting them know they've made a difference in your life and in the lives of children fighting cancer! 

Happy Holidays everyone and thank you for all of your generous support!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

JTSF Holiday Toy Drive


Be a part of our holiday toy collection for the Penn State Hershey Pediatric Oncology Outpatient Pavilion! 

The outpatient clinic in the new PSHCH is often overlooked during the holidays while the in-patient floors are inundated with donations of all kinds. However, the clinic sees kids almost all days of the year and sees children for blood transfusions, chemotherapy infusions and treatments that take hours even on Christmas Eve. 

Join us in donating toys, games, craft kids and small electronics for these kids of all ages for the second year! 

Special requests from the clinic are: 
  • Legos 
  • Craft kits of any kind 
  • Character items from any of the current Disney & Pixar DVD (Brave, Madagascar 3, Disney Princesses) 
  • Play-Doh Kits 
  • Toiletry Sets (for teens with the body gel, lotion, cologne or perfume) 
  • New release DVD’s (rated PG-13 and under) 
  • Nintendo DS Games. 
Please keep in mind that everything must be new and in packages because of health and safety standards for these very special and amazing kids! Items for pre-teens/teens and also babies are needed! 

Donations can be shipped to:

The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation (JTSF) 
233 N. Charles St., Red Lion, PA 17356 

or dropped off at the same address! 

We love all of you and are so grateful for your constant support! 

Courtney & Scott | Married

We are thankful for the opportunity to play a part in Courtney and Scott's autumn wedding at Penn State Hershey Medical Center a few weeks ago. Thank you to all of you who donated and helped us give Courtney the wedding of her dreams.

We were able to cover flowers, reception food, wedding bands, the marriage license, the groom's gift, a special gift for the bride and a number of other wedding details for this special day thanks to local business partners and all of you!

We wish all the best to Courtney and Scott!

Macklin's Cupcake Night

We had a very successful fundraiser night at Macklin's Cupcakes and Coffee in York on Monday! Thank you to everyone who helped us make this the best rebate night that Macklin's has ever offered! We are so very appreciative.


It was so wonderful to see all of you and we love to have the opportunity to meet your families and friends.

Having nights like these gives us a great opportunity to mingle and network!


Don't forget to pre-order your cookbooks before December 1st to receive a special gift! Links to order are at the top, right of the column of the blog.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Community Support: A Wedding!

The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation needs your help! We have the amazing opportunity to assist with the wedding of a 19-year-old young woman battling relapsed AML at Hershey Medical Center. She and her fiance were engaged to be married next fall but after another relapse this week the wedding was been moved to this coming Saturday, 11/10/2012. The ceremony will take place in the Chapel at HMC with a reception at the hospital to follow as the bride is in-patient.

This young woman has already endured two bone marrow transplants and many years of harsh treatments. We as a foundation are small but we feel very blessed to help make her dreams come true and give her the opportunity to marry her fiance this weekend!

We are asking for your help to offset the costs of the ceremony as we are using funds that typically are used to pay for toys and activities for the HMC pediatric clinic. We understand that everyone is struggling but we thank you those of you who are able to contribute anything so deeply! 

Please help us in assisting to provide a beautiful day for this young woman and her soon-to-be husband! The memories made will sustain her throughout the rough days ahead and her family for years.

You can donate online above or mail checks to 233 N. Charles St., Red Lion, PA 17356. 

For questions, please email  

We are sending many, many thanks to the amazing people who have stepped up to be a part of this wedding in just the last 48 hours! We feel so blessed to be a part of such an amazing community. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cookbook {Bumping this Post}

We're bumping our original post about our cookbook up to the top of the blog to remind people that it is on-going!

We are still collecting your recipes until 9/29 so keep them coming! Following this date the book will be organized and designed then prepared for sale in time for the holidays! Please make sure you LIKE us on Facebook and sign up for our email newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest information about the book! 

What to send us: 

  • Please send us your favorite recipes, grandmother's favorite recipes and the like! We are accepting appetizers, breakfast, lunch, dinner, side dishes, desserts and cocktails! Anything goes! 
  • Email all information to
  • Please also include a brief story about the history/importance of the recipe or if you are submitting it in memory or honor of a loved one 
  • You may include 1 photo (optional) of the dish or the person you're submitting in honor/memory of or copy of the original recipe card 
  • Be sure to include all recipe info! 

Please see sample pages below for what we are looking for and what the book will look like! 
We are enjoying putting together a memory book of all of your stories, dedications and recipes. This is much more than a cookbook and we are so grateful so many of you are interested in playing a part! 

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

3rd Annual JTS Memorial Luncheon

We are proud and happy to announce information for our 3rd Annual Memorial Luncheon! This is always a yearly community favorite and we love the overwhelming support and large turnout it brings.


This event is key to our success throughout the year as a Foundation and our ability to support local families, the outpatient clinic at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and the Sunshine Sounds Music Program at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Because of your amazing love and support - we are able to do this!

This year's luncheon will also be a celebration of Jed's 15th birthday. We look forward to spending the afternoon with all of you remembering Jed and the other special kids who have lost their battles. We will toast to them!

The 3rd Annual Jedediah Thomas Smith Memorial Luncheon
September 29, 2012
11 a.m. - 4 pm.

The Great American Saloon
20 Dairyland Square, Red Lion, PA 17356

Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for kids (under 3 are free)
Tickets are available at the door or in advance here on the blog!

Buffet style all-you-can-eat lunch
Cash bar
Live music
Large raffle & silent auction
Games and activities
Kids face painting
Live music
And lots more!

For questions, please email Savannah Smith or Kristin Buckley at We can't wait to see you on September 29th!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for high school age volunteers for our annual luncheon on September 29th! 

This event is held at the Great American Saloon in Red Lion, PA. Volunteers will be needed from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. to assist at various stations. 

Responsibilities will include: set up/tear down, ticket sales at the door, merchandise sales, raffle ticket sales, running the silent auction and assisting with kids activities. 

Volunteers will be able to eat lunch and will not pay an admission fee. We will need your full name, age, cell phone number and email address. If needed, volunteers can receive community service credit for school through us; please just let us know and we will provide the appropriate paperwork.

Please email Savannah Smith at or message The Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation on Facebook if you are interested and able to volunteer for this large and fun event! Thank you for your support!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Merchandise Survey

Please take our short merchandise survey and help us focus our directions and provide you with the items you really want! Thank you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

2nd Annual JTSF Crab Feed


We cannot thank our donors, volunteers and supporters enough for making this past weekend a success. Thank you to our family and friends who joined us in the fight against childhood cancer.
We loved seeing new faces enjoying our event and hope that those faces will become regulars! Because of your support and commitment to our mission we raised $3,384.63!

























Thank you so much again! Because of you, we can make a huge difference for so many families. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Crab Feed: Directions & Important Information

We are really looking forward to seeing you all this weekend and cannot thank you enough for your overwhelming support over the last few months! 

Because of you, we were able to nearly double our ticket sales from last year. We are looking forward to a fantastic event and even more growth going into next year. 

Below are some things that you may need to know if you are unfamiliar with the location for this year's event. 

The address for our friends who use GPS is 2985 East Prospect Road, York, PA 17402. 


You will enter the parking lot of Wisehaven Banquet and Expo Center (also the home of Wisehaven Tennis Center and Wisehaven Pool) and drive straight towards the building in front of you. 

Please continue on to the upper left parking lot. This is visible from the road, you cannot miss it! It is reserved for the Banquet Center and will be our designated parking for the day of the event. Please, try your best to park in this parking lot only! Thank you!


Our event is held in the Terrace Room at Wisehaven Banquet and Expo Center. Upon parking in the upper parking lot, the Terrace Room is at the top of the building. Enter under the long covered portico and through the glass doors. Note: We are NOT in the Grand Ballroom (the main entrance off the lower parking lot) and you cannot get to us from there!  


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances at our current venue we are unable to have our regular 50/50 raffle this year. We apologize for how late this announcement is coming however, we were unaware of this until 7/12/2012. We extend our apologies to anyone who was looking forward to this raffle (as we are always looking forward to it as well). If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time at 

We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday and thank you again for all of your support. 
Remember, this event is BYOB so come prepared! We will see you soon! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crab Feed Updates!

Terrace Room at Wisehaven Banquet and Expo Center - York, Pa
Saturday, July 14, 2012 
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

There are only two weeks left to purchase your tickets for the JTSF Annual Crab Feed!
Tickets must be purchased by June 30th (this allows us to secure the appropriate amount of crabs). There are two ways to purchase tickets:

1) On the right hand side of this blog, there is a PayPal checkout button. Select the amount of tickets you need and we will mail them to you! If you are purchasing a larger number of tickets that is not listed in the drop-down you will need to do two check-outs. We will reimburse you for shipping. The tickets you purchase will be mailed to your PayPal mailing address, so double check that!

2) To pay by cash or check - simply mail the payment to 233 N. Charles St., Red Lion, PA 17356. Be sure to include the desired number of tickets and a return address and we will promptly mail your tickets back to you! Checks can be made out to the JTS Foundation. Thank you!

Tickets are $30 for adults, $10 for kids under age 10 and admission is free for the little ones under 3.


Your ticket includes all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs provided by She's Got Crabs, pork BBQ, hot dogs, macaroni salad, pasta salad, cole slaw (and more picnic sides!), chips, and tons of desserts!

Alcoholic beverages are BYOB (some may be available for a small donation), and tea, water and soda will be provided.

There will be music, a kid-friendly area with games and activities, outdoor seating and a very entertaining volunteer staff!

We can't wait to see you and if you have any questions please contact Savannah Smith or Kristin Buckley at!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Yard Sale Preview

The yard sale is getting so close and we are so excited!
Come see us under the red tent with the white banner at Grace Lutheran Church (220 N. Charles St., Red Lion, PA 17356) this weekend! Friday and Saturday, June 15-16 all day! 

Below is a list of just some of the items for sale.
Check them out and come shop! Remember, all proceeds benefit the fight against childhood cancer!


All Paperback Books - $ 0.25
All Hardcover Books - $ 0.50
Silver Candle Sticks (set of 2) - $15
Blue Ceramic Lamp - $2.50
Brass Lamp - $10 
Brass and Glass Lamp - $25
Crock - $8
Stainless Steel & Copper Revereware 16 Qt. Pot - $35
Bar Stools (2) - $20
Oak Table with 4 Chairs - $40
Curtains - $5
Crib Sheets - $1 each
Twin size Cars and Trucks kids Quilt - $10
Stroller - $5
Baby Bouncy Seat - $20
Burp Cloths - $2
Potty Seat - $2
"Cars" Dump Truck - $2
Leather Purse $4
Faux Leather Ottoman $1 
Motorcycle Helmet - $20
Noah's Arc Art - $5
Exercise Ball - $3
Golf Clubs - $5
NEW Pampered Chef Items - $2-10 
Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker - $3 
Princess House Glassware Set - $20
Playskool Baby Toys - $1-$10 
iPod Dock - $1 
Keyboard - $2 
Santas of the Nations - $ 0.50 each 

LARGE $ 0.10 BIN and so much more including brand name kids clothing, brand new kids toys and activity sets, lots of household decorative items and kitchen items! 

We can't wait to see you! 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Yard Sale

We are now accepting donations for our annual YARD SALE! 

Need to clean out your attic or basement? Need a sly way to get rid of an unwanted gift? What about those toys your kids have outgrown?

Donate your unwanted items to the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation's annual yard sale and we'll take care of the rest!

To donate your items: contact us at or message us on Facebook to arrange a drop-off time. If you're in the neighborhood you can leave items on our porch - please mark them with "yard sale."

233 N. Charles St.
Red Lion, Pa 17356


Wanted items include: 
Household items - lamps, lamp shades, end tables, picture frames, wall art, pillows, blankets/throws, books (fairly new), vases, baskets, kitchen items of all kinds, decorative items, etc. 
Kids toys - baby swings, baby play sets, baby walkers, toys (any age) 

Our charity yard sale will be held during Red Lion's community yard sale days: June 15th & 16th. 
Find us in the parking lot at Grace Lutheran Church - 220 North Charles Street,  Red Lion, PA 17356.

Come check out all our good buys for a good cause! Crab Feed tickets will also be available for purchase. We look forward to seeing you! 

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The JTS Foundation Online!

Have you liked us on Facebook? 
Are you following us on Twitter?

Don't forget to sign up for our email newsletter! If you are interested in receiving periodic email updates regarding upcoming Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation events and activities, visit our website and sign up to receive our email newsletter.

JTSF Website

Visit, enter your email address at the top of the page and click "join".
It's that easy!

Making a donation to fight childhood cancer is that easy too! Click the blue DONATION button at the top of the website to make a difference for a family battling cancer today!

We thank you for your continued support.

2nd Annual Crab Feed

We are hosting our 2nd annual crab feed! Last year we had such a blast hanging out and eating with all of you we decided to do it again. This time we're hoping to add more food, more music, more goodies and more of you!

The event will be held in the newly renovated Terrace Room at Wisehaven Banquet and Expo Center on July 14, 2012 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. There will be all you can eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, hot dogs, many side dishes and a plethora of desserts.

There will also be a new toy collection for the pediatric oncology clinic at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. If you are able and willing we ask that you please support the clinic and bring a new toy! Suggestions can be found here. 

Tickets for the Crab Feed are $30 per adult. 
Kids under age ten are $10 and kids under age 3 are free! 
In order to ensure that we are able to purchase the correct amount of crab, tickets must be purchased by June 30th! They can be purchased using the PayPal button at the top of this page or by sending a check and a note with the desired number of tickets to 233 N. Charles St., Red Lion, PA 17356. We will promptly send you your tickets!

We are really looking forward to seeing you there!


If you have any questions, please email

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Logo & Website! (big things)

It is official! We have a logo and a website! We are so grateful to the very talented Kirsten Quisenberry who has put in a lot of time and effort and stuck by us through all of this to give us this beautiful logo, fantastic website and so much more. You can check out more of KQ's amazingly work here. 

So now you can check us out at

Cool right? Share it with your friends!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Our First Movie Night

We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped to make our first Movie Night a success! We hope that all of you who came out to see the movie enjoyed it and the rest of you who hung around with us had a good time too!



There was popcorn, there were hot dogs and there were lots of screaming and laughing kids. It was a good night!






We want to thank Fun Flicks for so graciously helping us put on this event. We are so grateful for all of your support and help!

Big thanks also go out to the folks who came out to sell their products and donated 10% of their profits to the Foundation! Just a reminder, Smell This Candle Co. donates 10% of their profits to the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation every day! If you missed them at Movie Night, check out their website! 

Our volunteers also deserve big rounds of applause! If it wasn't for your continued dedication, we would be lost. Thank you!





Thank you to all of you for continuing to support us in the fight against childhood cancer. We will see you at the Crab Feed on July 14th!