About In 12 Days
In 2008, In12Days Founder Suzanne Lea’s husband Bryan died unexpectedly from a heart attack. Nine months after his passing, she and her sons received the gift of the 12 Days of Christmas from anonymous friends and well wishers, moving their family from devastation to a euphoria so profound that it changed their lives forever. It became Suzanne's mission, and the mission of In12Days, to pay forward that moment of complete emotional freedom .
At first glance, the work seems miraculous – a magical menagerie of helicopters delivering bagpipers piping (Day 11: Pipers Piping) or mountains of Dove Chocolate Promises poured over huge inflatable pool turtles (Day 2: Turtle Doves,) but don't be fooled! Long after the beautiful and creative gifts are delivered, a united community of inspired families and supporters grow.
12 Days of delightful surprises
based on the 12 Days of Christmas song for children and their families who have lost a parent or close family member.
2 Turtle Doves
A dump truck of 50,900 Dove chocolates and inflatable turtles for Day 2: Turtle Doves!
5 Golden Rings
We are excited to share with you the photos from Day Niine of our journey through the 12 Days of Christmas. Imagine the surprise of Evan, Amy, and parishioners at South Hills Church in Henderson when we announced that somewhere hidden within the 509 balloons in the church’s concession room were their white gold wedding bands designed with love by Michael E. Minden Diamond Jewelers! The couple stomped through 500 balloons stuffed with dollar bills and built pyramids to retrieve the nine dancing bride balloons floating in the rafters of the room in order to secure their matching gold bands!
10 Lords A-Leaping
We are excited to share with you photos from Day Ten of our journey through the 12 Days of Christmas. Imagine the surprise of the Ramos family when Hey Reb, UNLV cheerleader Treasure Bamberg, and Bridget Byrne, Director of Community Relations, showed up at their door with tickets to the big game! Best of all, they got to hop in the car, drive to the Thomas and Mack, and shoot some hoops with the Big Boys (our 10 Lords-a-Leaping) out on the court. There were laughs all around as all the brothers made some impressive baskets.
9 Ladies Dancing
A special thank you to donor and sponsor Nancy Houssels, co-founder of Nevada Ballet Theater, for all that she and her company do for In12Days and the entire Las Vegas Community! Here are her dancers at the door of three orphaned girls who hungered to have dance play a part in their lives....they got their wish!
4 Calling Birds
Imagine the surprise of the children at Boys Town in Las Vegas when four glamorous birds from Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere" appeared at their door! Yellow bird led them outside to witness his beautiful hand balancing act, and then invited them all to join the Cirque du Soleil team for some juggling and diablo wrangling! Green and Yellow balls flew through the air accompanied by shrieks of laughter as the kids gave these new found talents their all!
7 Swans Swimming
The Ramos family and In 12 Days dropped swans full of monopoly money into a crowd awaiting in joyful suspense. As the swans floated down on balloons, they were captured by teans frin Boys Town, DJ's Academy and St. Jude's, who later exchanged them for donations.