Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blog Candy for a GREAT CAUSE!!!!!

This post will stay at the top of my blog until April 15th. Please scroll down to see current posts!

Updated 3/28/10 - Susana from SCACD has GENEROUSLY donated the entire Elisabeth Bell Sampler #3 sheet of rubber!!!!

Updated 3/18/10 - Lynda Benden has donated a FABULOUS October Afternoon package to the sweeten up the blog candy!

Updated 3/16/10 - the candy has gotten sweeter! Awesome donation from Carolyn Bounds! Check out the list below to see the new additions!

Hello friends and family! It is time for my 3rd annual BLOG CANDY FOR A GREAT CAUSE giveaway! Before I get into the details of the blog candy I wanted to give you a little bit of background information:

My good friend Chava (who I've known for over 30 years - YIKES, I can't believe how old I am getting) has a 2 1/2 year old son, Alex. Shortly after Alex was born he was diagnosed with having Cystic Fibrosis. For those of you unfamiliar with CF here is a brief description:

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Here is where my blog candy challenge comes in... Chava is participating in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Great Strides walks in Des Moines, IA on May 15th. Her fundraising goal is $500. Nearly 90 cents of every dollar raised is available for investment in vital CF programs to support research, care and education. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation you can visit there site HERE.

I'd love to help Chava reach her fundraising goal. I have already donated to her walk but would like to try and help out a little more. I am offering a chance at some REALLY AWESOME blog candy to anyone who donates. You can donate $1 or more. (FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES - YOUR DONATION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE). All you need to do for a chance at the blog candy is go to Chava's CF donation site HERE and place a secure donation (don't worry if your name doesn't show up on her donation list instantly, I've noticed that in some cases it takes several hours). If you would prefer to send a check instead of donating online you can mail a check made out to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) to Chava. Her address is: Chava Pocernich 514 NW Cindy Ln Ankeny, IA 50023. After you donate (either online or by mail), leave a comment on this post. You DO NOT need to tell me how much you donated. I just appreciate any help you can give! I'm keeping this blog candy open until Thursday April 15th at midnight CST, in hopes of helping her raise as much money as possible...I will pick a blog candy winner on Friday April 16th. Please help spread the word!! I'd love for any of you to mention my post on your blogs, the more exposure the better.

Now for the fun part...This blog candy package is valued at over $230 (Blog candy is being donated by myself unless otherwise noted). The package includes:

Whimsy Stamps: Pajama Time Emma ($5 value)
Clear Dollar Stamps: Happy Camper ($14.99 value)
Little Paper Shop: {Swell News} ($8.00 value)
Little Paper Shop: {Just Bee-cause} ($8.00 value)
Queen Kat Designs: Monster Heads ($10.99 value)
Queen Kat Designs: Ride With Me ($12.99 value)
Firecracker Designs By Pamela: Bliss ($6.99 value)
Firecracker Designs By Pamela: Birthday Balloons - Up, Up and Away ($6.99 value)
Firecracker Designs By Pamela: Parisian Romance ($10.99 value)
Firecracker Designs By Pamela: Yoo Hooo ($8.99 value)
*Firecracker Designs By Pamela: It's About Possibility ($4.49 value) - GENEROUSLY DONATED BY PAMELA FROM FCD.
*Firecracker Designs By Pamela: Daisy Tops ($4.49 value) - GENEROUSLY DONATED BY PAMELA FROM FCD.
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Francesca ($8.00 value)
Susana's Custom Art and Card Design: Elisabeth Bell Sampler #3 complete set ($42.00 value) -GENEROUSLY DONATED BY SUSANA FROM SCACD!
Riley and Company: Baking Riley ($5.00 value)
*Belles 'n Whistles: Christmas Hearth ($8.95 value) - GENEROUSLY DONATED BY SUMMER FROM BELLES 'N WHISTLES
Our Craft Lounge: Irish Blessings ($19.95 value)
Paper Makeup Stamps: Swirlie Tree ($5.00 value)
$15 in free digi stamps from Busy Beauties Boutique - GENEROUSLY DONATED BY CAROLYN BOUNDS.
October Afternoon Farm Fresh prize package: stamp set, wild cards, 2 packages of rub-ons, 4 packs of stickers and the coordinating 8x8 Farm Fresh paper pack ($40 value) - GENEROUSLY DONATED BY LYNDA BENDEN

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all consider making a donation!


Maria Matter said...

I love that you do this Heather, and that there are willing sponsors!!!

As I mentioned before, our niece had this for 28 yrs of her life. We just recently lost her after her second lung transplant! So sad, but we can remember when the doctors told her parents she would live pass one year, then 5, then....
Well, she was quite stubborn and lived 28 yrs, had a wonderful husband and two little princesses! Such a miracle!
Sending prayers to Alex, that he surpasses everyones expectations!!!
take care
and have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings, Maria

marywebb said...

This is such a great thing that you do Heather. I just made my donation. :o)

Carolyn Bounds said...

I will be making my donation, but not add my name to the candy draw. Also, I would be happy to donate $15 worth of Busy Beauties digi stamps to the candy if that would be okay. This is such a wonderful cause, and I would love to be able to help out in any way I can. Thank you for doing this and for bringing it to our attention!!

Big HUGS!!

Carolyn Bounds said...

I just made my donation:o) I hope Chava and Alex exceed their donation goals!!! Best of luck from the bottom of my heart!!!


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Delia said...

Heather, You are a great friend and Chava is blessed to have you in her life. Thanks for putting this great cause on your blog. I made a small donation, I hope Chava reaches her goal. Hugs Delia

Lynda Benden said...

This is a wonderful thing you are doing Heather! I will hope on over to her site now!

Darla said...

Glad to donate again this year, opportunity for a prize is just a bonus!

Thanks so much for promoting this cause Heather!


Jane Matsumoto said...

This is absolutely awesome, Heather. I'm sending in my donation today. My heart goes out to Chava and Alex and prayers are going up... especially for a better quality of life for those with this disease and a cure someday soon.

Susan said...

Please see my blog, for the terminally ill child in our family...I should try to do what you are doing with a blog giveaway for donations. great idea...I am heading over there now to donate to Chava!!

My great niece Daisy has EB...a combo of 2 of the worst forms, she will be 3 on Saturday, and it is a miracle she is still with us, she's a tough cookie.
Thanks and best of luck reaching the goal!


Lynda Benden said...

LOL Heather, I just read my comment from last week. What an idiot I am, I meant HOP although I HOPE you get lots of donations for your friend!!! LOLOL!!!

Jessica G. said...

Such a great cause, Heather; I'm sure Chava appreciates such a supportive friend as you!

I donated -- here's to Chava reaching her 2010 goal!!

Dawn said...

Heather... I am off to paypal to donate again this year! You are wonderful for helping a friend. Y'all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Peg said...

Such a good cause, have left a donation, you are in my prayers

Golly said...

Great idea Heather. I am sending Alex a donation right now. CF is a great foundation to donate to. Your help will surely make Chava exceed her goal. Just a sweet bonus for a chance to win Blog candy too. Kay vincent

Jennifer {jennifer-g} said...

I just made my donation, I hope that Chava hits and exceeds her fundraising goal! I also posted about it on my blog to try to help spread the word so I hope it helps - and sorry I didn't do it last week like I meant to.

You are amazing, this is a great cause and you're a very good friend (but you already know that!). :)

Amanda Reed said...

I am a homecare nurse and have become very close to one of my patients with CF. This is a wonderful cause and I was happy to donate. Thanks for the chance to win the blog candy, very generous of you.

Anonymous said...

Very happy to donate! I have a friend who has CF and a couple of years ago he received a lung transplant. Doing great now! I LOVE happy endings! Ramona P

Mari Harpham said...

Heather, Thank you for putting your heart into this.
I have donated, but I hope that many more will also. I will put a posting on my blog with a link back to here.
My thoughts and prayers are with Chave and her son.

Jacilynn said...

Hi Heather,
What a sweet friend you are! I have a friend whose daughter has CF and have been involved in previous fund raising. Happy to donate!

mwebb said...

I just checked her Chava's site. She's up to $328.00 that's awesome in these tight times. Your blog candy is sooooo great. You are an awesome friend Heather!