Archive for the ‘Charitable Efforts’ Category

Shine On: The IF YOU FIND ME Blog Tour!
March 17, 2013

It’s not easy to shine. We all think it is, looking into whatever light we find, wherever we’re lucky enough to find it, whether people, place or thing.

But the truth is, it takes courage to shine. To take that risk, that leap, that plunge. To let people see you, hear you, read you, know you … to own that light and believe in the inalienable right to shine, shine, shine.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson

Please join us on the IF YOU FIND ME blog tour, kicking off March 18th at The Midnight Garden! I’ve been hard at work composing original material, companion pieces and even an interview with Carey! Here’s what Wendy Darling has to say:

Please join us next week, when the official If You Find Me Blog Tour begins!

We have a fantastic line-up of exclusive interviews, excerpts, and guest posts for you hosted by some wonderful bloggers. Each stop will also provide an opportunity for you to win a copy of this beautiful book as well, so be sure to follow along with the tour.

3/18  The Midnight Garden
3/19  Alluring Reads
3/20  Live to Read
3/21  YA Romantics
3/22  Winterhaven Books

          3/23  Once Upon a Prologue
          3/24  Hobbitses

3/25  ExLibris Kate
3/26  Xpresso Reads
3/27  Bookish
3/28  Great Imaginations
3/29  Good Books and Good Wine

Blog Tour Coordinator Extraordinaire

I look forward to seeing you there! : )

*Thank you to the blog owners and hosts making this tour possible. Your kindness and generosity mean the world to me!

Knots of Love.
March 10, 2012

This is Paige, in her Knots of Love hat.

I came across Knots of Love while doing research on Payson, a sixteen-year-old girl in remission, who also happens to be the main character of my novel, D22go.

I found the concept of this charity so wonderful, I ended up smiling through tears.

I have to learn (re-learn) how to knit and crochet. It’s harder finding someone who can teach it backwards, or opposite, with me being a southpaw and all. But, as I did learn both when I was younger, I’m sure I could (re)learn it, especially for such an amazing cause!

All images courtesy of Knots of Love

Taylor’s Christmas Project.
November 19, 2011

Taylor Hendrix, with the wild burros of Red Rock.

I kindly need your help:

There’s a lovely sixteen-year-old, Taylor Hendrix, diagnosed with osteosarcoma five years ago. She’s relapsed three times since, and spent the last two Thanksgiving/Christmas’ either in the hospital for low counts, chemo, or both.

Every year she organizes a holiday project wherein she packs backpacks with fun stuff and useful items for teens in the hospital over Christmas.

So, I got to thinking, after reading a few industry blog posts about what to do with ARCs. Wouldn’t it be cool if ARCs could be donated for Taylor’s Christmas Project? Published authors who could part with a copy of their books or an ARC could even sign the inside with a hopeful message. And ARCs could get a second life that way, signed or not.

It’s pretty much perfect because reading may be all these kids can manage when they’re on chemo and nauseated. As it turns out, there are always gifts for the younger children, but the teens can get lost in the shuffle — these very teens us YA writers write for.

You can read more details about the project, here: (Thanks, Tina!)  

Tina Moss, Writer: Taylor’s Christmas Project

Taylor’s mom, Tammy Hendrix, updates Taylor’s journal, here:

 CaringBridge / Taylor Hendrix

You can read Taylor’s early history, here. At the time, she was in remission:

Taylor: My Story

And, for donation questions:  “All inquiries regarding shirts or help with Taylor’s Christmas Project can be sent to my email at thendrix1964@hotmail.com or by calling my cell phone at 256-335-1593.”

Donations for Taylor’s project can be sent to:

Taylor Hendrix
Christmas Project
1511 Hermitage Drive
Florence, Al 35630
 
Or you can donate through paypal: thendrix1964@hotmail.com to Tammy Hendrix, directly. Tammy helps her daughter with the project each year.

Big thanks to everyone who gets involved. I’ve been following Taylor’s story since just before last Christmas, especially moved by Taylor’s huge heart even in the midst of her own struggles.

Contributions aren’t limited to books or ARCs — you could send a deck of cards, board games, toiletries, nail polish, etc. You could pick up an extra stocking stuffer and donate it to Taylor’s project. Ask yourself: if I had a beloved teen in the hospital over the Christmas holidays, what could I stuff in their backpack to lift their spirits or make life easier?

Even a  tweet on Twitter would help spread the word: 

Taylor’s Christmas Project: http://wp.me/ph3Ax-Uc Help 16 yr old Taylor with gifts/donations 4 teens in-hospital at Xmas. PLS RT!

*Thank you.*

Emily Murdoch

Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!
April 2, 2010

Ellie (L) and twin Grace (R) around the time of Ellie's stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma diagnosis.

I’m sending my gratitude to all the donors who made this gift of a Kindle, and stories during chemotherapy, possible for Ellie.

Ellie’s Kindle (along with a gift card good for 4 Kindle books, plus a physical book for both Ellie and Grace, pictured below) is scheduled to arrive Monday, April 5th. The greeting card I’m sending (signed with the donors’ names) follows in regular mail.

The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies by Ammi-Joan Paquette.

It’s amazing what we can do when we band together to brighten a child’s life!

Twins, sisters, best friends!

 If you’d like to follow Amy Potvin’s updates on Ellie, or help defray the costs and expenses of the Potvin family as they kick cancer’s butt with a smile:  CaringBridge / Ellie Potvin / Journal

The post that started it all: A Kindle For Ellie Potvin: http://bit.ly/63X82u

As Amy Potvin says, blessings to all you love in this world!

Team Potvin, "In it to WIN it!"

 

Photographs by Amy Potvin.

Kindle 4 Ellie Update.
March 30, 2010

 

As I’m new to Paypal, I had no idea what to expect. I figured it would be a cinch.

However, I’ve been waiting on 1 Kindle donation verification since March 23rd. Paypal was supposed to clear the funds in 3-5 days, not counting weekends. As I write this, Paypal still hasn’t processed the funds, although the donor bank has. Today’s day 5 and the transaction is still pending.

Then, I did some research this afternoon, and to my dismay, learned that the Paypal virtual debit card was discontinued. This is important because, as I also found out, then I can’t use Paypal on Amazon.com — unless I apply for a Paypal debit card, which could take over 1 week. 

Enough is enough!

This afternoon, I transferred the donations into an account I especially created for charitable donations and the Kindle will be purchased that way. Of course, Paypal says it’s going to take — you guessed it — another 3-5 days.

However, that’ll be the end of the Paypal hold-up, finally. And, next time, I’ll know what to expect. 

On the upside, Amazon.com has Kindle gift-cards. Ellie received $40.00 in book donations, which means she can start off her Kindle with 4 books. The gift-card is emailable to her mom, Amy Potvin, so no hold-up there.

I know you’re probably as anxious as I am that Ellie get her Kindle. Now that you’re up to speed, I thank you for your patience. I’ll continue to update, but it looks like smooth sailing from here on in. The next big news will be that of the Kindle on its way to Ellie.

To accompany the Kindle, I’ll be mailing a card signed with the names of all the donors. (I’ll take a photograph and post it for everyone.) I know she loves pink and pigs, so I’ll find a card that fits. I’ll fill the envelope with confetti, to add some extra fun.

Again, thank you for your patience and for your kind-hearted donations. I know everyone has bills, children, expenses. Thank you for your generosity.

As always, Ellie and the Potvins could use your good thoughts and prayers.  

Emily Murdoch

UPDATE:  Ellie’s Kindle Is On Its Way!