For the past year Allison, Eva and I have set aside $10 a month to buy toys. The toys are not for Eva, they are not even for me. No, these toys are for a special event that happens each year, the Christmas is for Kids Toy Drive. My friend Sarah Achin of Achin’s garage and her family put on this wonderful toy drive to help out Christmas is for Kids, a local charity that collects money and toys, new and unwrapped, and distributes them to local children.
Our Relay for Life Team went Gold this year, that means over $10,000 in total donations. That is a first for this team. I twas an amazing thing to achieve and we couldn’t have done it without all the great people who donated.
Donations that came in from readers and friends BenSpark.com totaled $375.00. That is pretty amazing seeing as I started asking for donations a mere 10 days ago. What did I do to ask for donations? Twitter and this blog brought in the donations. People heard the call for donations and responded by either promoting the cause on twitter, donating or leaving comments of support. We are truly blessed to have such great friends in those we have met and those we have not. Soon I’ll be posting some thank you reviews about each of my $25+ sponsors and everyone on the $10+ will get some #followfriday love on twitter for the rest of the month. Everyone reading this blog should check out the blogs or twitter streams of these wonderful folks. I took a bunch of photos today too so here are some plus my video that I promised to show you, including the gaggle of teenage girls who try to get into the shot, and succeed.
Last Year at the Relay for Life they had this guy there and he was phenomenal. He had all the kids so entertained. This year he held Eva’s attention for a good 20 minutes. And he hadn’t even gotten to the Mentos and Diet Coke yet.
Eva went over to the ADK (Teacher’s Honors Society and the team my mom walked with) and played with their pinwheels. She took the broken pink one there on the ground and played with it forever.
A dollar donation for 3 cupcakes that I could frost myself, a sweet deal. (I did not eat them all myself, I had one and shared the rest.
This time I won one of the team’s raffle prizes, the boys box of toys. Oh yeah there is a Transformers Activator, a G.I.Joe character and some Mr. Potato heads, it was a fun prize. Perfect for me.
I need to thank some really great people for their generosity. I’m linking up to their twitter names as Twitter was the way I spread the word and how many people responded.
- My Dad
- Auntie Mo
- Murray Newlands
- Jennifer Leet