Be the Change! Help these Charities better the world!

We here at Mark 5 Studios find and promote Charities that we believe truly help our community. JoeJoe Bear foundation helping children in hospitals smile and keep hopeful! Sean Ashley House an organization which dedicates it’s time to provide “model” homes for individuals with autism, blindness, mental retardation, and/or multiple disabilities. These two organizations look to making this world better for the individuals around them and we can at least take the time out of our day to helping them help further there goals. Please follow the links and contact them today to see what help you can provide.


A little bit different than most charities. Joe Joe Bear Foundation focuses on delivering around the clock comfort to for children facing life threatening illness by providing them with new teddy bears. All our efforts are dependent on the help and support we receive from the community. Will you please consider joining our mission?

The Joe Joe Bear Foundation was created in memory of Joseph David Ordaz who passed away on March 10, 2009 from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, he was 24. Joe had a bone marrow transplant on July 17, 2008 that the doctors thought would be successful.

However on December 3, 2008 he found out the cancer was back. Joe was undergoing treatment to prepare for a second transplant when he asked for a teddy bear to hold while he was alone so that he could feel like we were with him always. Joe was so full of life and had a smile that would light up a room whenever he entered. He was always in good spirits and always tried to make people smile, he is deeply missed.

For Joe! For all!

The charity was created to keep Joe’s memory alive and to help others in the same situation. It saddened him to hear the children crying at night in the hospital when they were alone and scared, he would say, “I wish I could help comfort the sick children.”



Charities create smiles! The Sean Ashley House, located in Houston, is a Texas not-for-profit (501c3) organization designed to provide “model” homes for individuals with autism, blindness, mental retardation, and/or multiple disabilities.

My grandson Sean–who is autistic and blind–and I were returning from the holidays on our way back to Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas, one bright sunny morning. Having already discovered there was a lack of services I wanted for Sean, I thought, “What am I going to do?”
I had been trying to make some long-range plans for Sean and looked at this window of opportunity for Sean’s future. Being shocked and concerned at the reality of trying to accomplish this plan.
We discovered long waiting lists for the few places I would trust to Sean’s future. The private places I liked  were financially not affordable.

Make a house a Home!

I prayed that Sean would have the best life he could possibly have and that he be given the opportunity to learn to his maximum potential, whatever that potential should be.
That day it dawned on me, “Hey, Gretchen, this won’t happen unless you see that it happens in your life time on this planet. God  needs someone down here to help him. There is no one in Sean’s life but you. We will start our own home and call it The Sean Ashley House.”
That prayer and that thought brought me to the beginnings of The Sean Ashley House. I think the priority was that it should always be governed by a group of parents, educators and doctors, who would be committed to the organization on an ongoing basis; they would insure that our kids always have a loving, happy, and safe home environment.
We, the parents, cannot depend on other people to do it.
We must do it ourselves!


Find your own way to donate money, time and help to a worthy cause. Make sure whatever charity you donate to you get involved. No better feeling than to help someone have a future!

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