Hello family and friends. Today is a special day. I want to tell you about my friend, Kimberly (shown above). I've known Kim about 4 years now. I met her through my business - she was actually here for my Girlfriend's Garden Party - that was really the beginning of our friendship. Why am I writing tonight? Well, tomorrow is a special day too! You see, Kim and her beautiful and selfless Mother, Barb are going to be traveling to Africa to begin the setting up of a new orphanage in Uganda, and to bless these beautiful children with things no child should ever have to go without. Kim is a gifted photographer and cook - so she's made it her mission to go to Uganda with armfuls of things to set up a kitchen for these precious little ones. If you're like me, you want to know how to help. Well, that's what this post is about. But first . . . here's a photo of Kim and her Mom, Barb. I have never met Barb, but I know what a kind and compassionate woman she is. She is the epitomy of a Saint. Some would allow these children to go on living each day like they have, but Barb is hell bent on making their lives a little brighter.
So again, what can we do???
Here's a bit of information directly from Kim . . .
My trip to Uganda is in just over a month and we have been working to collect the things that we will be bringing with us to the children. We are allowed three large suitcases each, with the option to pay for two more. I’m sure we could fill all ten between the two of us with supplies that simply aren’t available there- things that will be so valuable in a place where these things are desperately needed. And while we don’t want to make this home completely westernized, we do want it to be a “home” for these children- the first real home most of them have ever had. We want them to each have a place of their own and I am excited to put together a little “welcome home” parcel for each of them.
When we arrive we will be assessing the house and seeing what it is that needs to be purchased in Kampala before we bring in the children. There is a kitchen that needs to be supplied, basic items for housing and feeding the children, as well as food itself. This is the project I have challenged myself to raise the money for. The more we raise together- the more I can provide for these kids- especially food.
I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to welcoming them with my mom; to capturing their first days in a place that they can feel safe and happy and can play like children.
While it has taken me a lot longer than I had anticipated to pull all of this together, I am excited to tell you that I have finally organized all of the beautiful donations that my incredibly generous friends have offered so that we can raise money to purchase all that we need for the children. As I want to make every dollar count, I have opted to run the entire process through my website rather than using an online auction source, seeing as they would cost a few hundred dollars- dollars that could be put to much better use elsewhere!
The Auction for Africa will go live on MONDAY June 17th at 8 am PST and run until WEDNESDAY June 19th at 6 pm PST. My plan is to have a separate post for each item, and then biding will be done in the comment section. The auction will run for three days so that everyone will have an opportunity to bid on the items they want. Once the auction closes, I will contact the winning bidders and they will have 48 hours to deposit the bid into my paypal account. If after 48 hours they aren’t able to do so, the second place bidder will be contacted. Once the bid has been paid the item will be shipped- most of which by the person who donated the item. Have I mentioned how generous my friends are?
So here is what I am asking of you. Not only do I hope that you will bid on the items, but I would be SO GRATEFUL if you would share it – shout it from the rooftops, facebook it, twitter it, blog it- MULTIPLE TIMES if you can! Look, I know I have asked a lot of you in the last year. I know that you have been kind, and giving and so incredibly supportive. If I wasn’t so darn passionate about this, I wouldn’t have the nerve to ask this of you, but I am. I want those kids to move in to this house and know that they are loved and that they don’t have to struggle to survive any longer. I want them to feel safe and secure and be able to be children. Every child deserves that, don’t you think?"
How am I involved in this you ask? Well, I have donated an item for the auction. It's truly a special piece from my line - probably my most popular item to date. The Notre Dame Necklace - I think it's perfect as it symbolizes faith and love. The Lord's Prayer is inside the sliding locket.