Cyber Monday

If you live in America and have an Internet connection, you probably know that it is Cyber Monday.  It is also December 1, which means that in the next few weeks many Americans are going to be decorating their houses for whatever holiday they celebrate, shopping for the perfect gift and eating more than usual.  But today, it's all about buying stuff online at a discount.  

I am going to propose something a little different. 

The holiday season is also a season of giving.  Some of us may drop some coins into the Salvation Army bucket, or we may buy a toy for a tot or volunteer our time at a soup kitchen.  In all this commercial overabundance, it becomes glaringly apparent that there are those in need.  I happen to know such a family.

My brother-in-law had a heart transplant in August of this year.  Due to complications and setbacks, he was kept in the hospital till October.  As of today, he's back in the hospital.  He is self employed and has been unable to work since July.  At the same time he was in the hospital, his wife was being treated for breast cancer.  This family has been hit hard by medical bills.  Not only are they fearful for his health, they also have the added fear of financial ruin.  So, what I am asking is that when you are online today--and look, here you are--that you consider donating to this family.  You could give $5 and it would still be beneficial.  You can click on this link.

Thank you.


Have a Heart

My brother-in-law needs a new heart.  He is 51 years old and was recently placed on the transplant list.  In addition to going about his day to day life, he is anxiously waiting for a phone call to alert him that a donor heart is available.  I don't think I need to spell it out, but I will.  It means that someone has died.  This someone, by being an organ donor, is a very generous person.  This gift of a heart will prolong my brother-in-law's life.  It's an odd situation to be in and I can't imagine the stress that he and his immediate family are under right now as they wait.

His wife is planning a silent auction and fundraising dinner for July 22.  I've contacted some businesses in the area and posted on Facebook to people I know for donations.  We're looking for auction items.  Think gift cards, baskets, art, crafts, tickets to events, etc.  If you want to send something, please send me an email and we'll talk. We're getting some good stuff so far and if you're a heavy metal fan, you just might want to attend the auction.

His oldest daughter recently turned 15.  At her request and as a surprise to her dad, she asked that her friends make a donation to her dad's transplant fund instead of giving her a birthday gift. She raised over $300.  She's a sweet kid.

If you'd like to Donate click on that link.
Also, if you haven't already done so, think about organ donation.  You can sign up here.