I Love U Guys Fundraiser Wrap-Up

It’s difficult to talk about our children being put in danger at school.  No one wants to believe it can happen, and it’s something we all hope we can eventually put an end to.  Until that day comes, we need to be sure we are doing everything we can to prepare our kids and the adults that staff our schools for emergencies, and provide resources to help pick up the pieces afterward.  That’s the giant job that the I Love U Guys Foundation has taken on.

It’s been my pleasure to host a fundraising event for this amazing organization for the last four weeks by donating half of my Etsy sales (and 100% of my pencil coffee sleeves) to their cause.  I started out with a goal of $300.  When that was met, I upped it to $500.  After that number was passed, I hoped to double my original goal.  I’m happy to announce that I will be sending even more than that:

I Love U Guys Fundraiser Thermometer
I Love U Guys Fundraiser Thermometer

I wanted to thank all of you, one last time, for your support.  All of your sharing of the event and purchases made a big difference.  This is very important to me, and I appreciate all of your help from the very bottom of my heart!

Also, congratulations to Steph for winning the Vendor Apron in my Giveaway Day drawing!  Her apron is on its way!

A Big Thank You

May ended this week, and with it my April/May fundraiser for Officer Kellogg’s family through my Etsy store.  So many of you have been very supportive through spreading the word and placing orders.  I’ve heard from lots of you, both publicly and privately, and I’m thankful, inspired and amazed.

I’m happy to report I was able to write a check to the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund for $600!  Well, technically it was $595.42, but there was no way I could write it for that weird amount.  My goal was $500, so I’m thrilled!

While my Etsy fundraiser may be over, the effort for the Kelloggs continues.  If you’d like to make a donation, please visit the fund’s website here.

From the bottom of my heart…

Thank You

If there’s no Friday Favorites, does Friday come anyway?

In all the excitement of Giveaway Day, I completely forgot about Friday Favorites yesterday.  I really enjoy that little feature, so look for its return next week.  Instead, I’d like to take care of some other business.

The first is to thank Sew, Mama, Sew for all of the hard work it clearly takes to make Giveaway Day happen.  Several hundred bloggers participated by giving something away, and I can only imagine that thousands entered to win.  The behind the scenes effort that goes on must be enormous and they have my gratitude.

The other is to remind you there’s only a few days left of my Etsy fundraiser for the Kellogg family and I’ll be adding some new Camera Lens Cap Pockets to my shop this afternoon.  Our hearts are heavy knowing what they’re going through, but the generosity people have shown in this crisis is nothing short of amazing.    If you’d like to donate straight to the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund, you can do that by clicking here.

And to end this on a happy note, here’s a little snapshot behind my house last night.

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Yes, Friday came anyway.  Thank goodness.

Just a quick update…

I wrote about Officer Mike Kellogg’s battle with cancer last week and the urgent need for financial assistance for his family.  For those of you who were wondering about it, the donation page for the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund is up and running.  There’s also a Facebook page, if you’d like to send Mike and Holly a message.  I’m also donating all of the proceeds from my Etsy store for the next couple of months to the fund.  Thank you so much to everyone who has been so supportive!

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Mike and Holly Kellogg

This is the most important, and definitely the hardest post I’ve ever written.  I’d appreciate a little of your time to read it through. I haven’t talked about this much here, but my husband is a police sergeant.  He attended the academy many years ago, when our kids were small.  One of his classmates was Mike Kellogg.  Mike worked for a neighboring department for a couple of years, then transferred to the same town as my husband.  He’s not only a co-worker, but a friend.  You can read more about Mike’s history of service here.

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A few years ago, Mike was diagnosed with leukemia.  He received a bone marrow transplant and finally went into remission.  He was healthy and able to work until last year, when the cancer returned.  After much fighting on his part and the doctors’, he recently learned it had progressed beyond the ability of modern medicine.  Mike was just told he has a few months left. 

One of the things I’ve always loved about my husband’s job is the sense of family among their small department.  They are brothers and sisters who have each other’s back and those of the families that support them.  When one of them goes down, everyone else works to pick him back up.  Priority one right now is making sure Mike and his family are taken care of.  The police chief, command staff and community volunteers are organizing several fundraising events.  Many people have stepped up with generosity that has brought us to tears already.  Now I’m asking for a little help from all of you. 

For the months of April and May, 100% of the profits from my Etsy store will be donated to the Mike and Holly Kellogg Fund.  If you’ve ever considered purchasing any of my items, this would be a great time to do it.  If you know anyone who might be interested in what I do, I’d appreciate it if you’d spread the word - Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, anywhere you hang out.  Custom orders are included, so if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, contact me. 

I try not to talk about my Etsy store too much on this blog, but these are extenuating circumstances and I’d like to be able to contribute to helping Mike and his family through what I love to do.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.  Please help me to support one of Oregon’s finest.