a plea for your help

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One of the many things I appreciate about blogging is the sense of community. It is this community — talented bloggers and committed readers — that I am asking for help.

You see, this September 22, my church is having its annual missions fundraiser. Each year, hundreds of people gather for this one-day event that includes silent and live auctions, games for children and youth, a variety of shoppes, and a barbecue lunch. It is our way of celebrating our past successes while preparing for our future in mission outreach.

  • LOCAL: food pantry, vacation Bible school, Upward soccer camp, school supplies drive, JUMPS pre-school, small group ministries, Sunday school classes
  • REGION: VBS at Bethlehem Center Community Center in Fort Worth, Great Day of Service in Dallas/Fort Worth, junior high youth mission trip to North Texas
  • DOMESTIC: senior high youth mission trip to Missouri and multi-generational mission trip to Kentucky
  • INTERNATIONAL: adult mission trips to Haiti

I am seeking donations in the form of goods, services, or gifts from bloggers, readers, and business owners for this event. To acknowledge your graciousness, the item(s) received will be labeled with your name and business or blog title.

The sky’s the limit, including new and unique:

  • homemade jewelry
  • greeting cards and stationery
  • books, cookbooks, movies, and music
  • apparel and shoes (all sizes)
  • Tervis® drinkware
  • hostess gifts and keepsakes
  • kitchen and baking tools
  • gift sets from Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Scentsy, etc.
  • home and holiday decor
  • quilts, blankets, burp clothes and cross-stitched items
  • a “pantry” of canned vegetables and fruit preserves
  • a “bakery” with fresh cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweet treats
  • sports memorabilia
  • tickets to special events
  • { new in 2012 } a shoppe for items inspired by Pinterest

Gift cards to retail (such as Target, Starbucks, or Barnes & Noble) and online stores (such as Etsy, Groupon, SpaFinder, or Amazon) are always great gifts. Also, consider a gift certificate to a popular restaurant or local business or a magazine subscription.

In addition to promoting your business or blog title, the item(s) you provide will be labeled at the fundraiser. I will also personally write a thank-you note *AND* include pictures and your web links in a future blog post.

Whether or not you are able to contribute to this cause, please know how much I appreciate your continued support of this blog and my efforts in the mission field. In October, I will depart for my second consecutive trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti for an adult mission trip. Whether we serve in our local community or travel abroad, please remember that monies raised at this annual fundraiser directly benefit these mission efforts.

Please contact me via email (nicole.m.hutchison at gmail.com) to make arrangements for submitting your contribution. Again, all donations are greatly appreciated.

All donations must be received by Wednesday, September 19 to be included in this year’s event.

Thank you.

By |2012-08-08T17:17:47+00:00August 8th, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|11 Comments

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  1. Celeste Zachry August 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    You know I’m there, Baby, doing, crafting, making, baking, AND buying all I can!

    • Nicole August 8, 2012 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Because you, My Lovely, are awesome!!!!!!!!!! xoxoxox

  2. Tif @ Ramblings of a Southern Bell August 9, 2012 at 11:57 am - Reply

    You are so awesome! Go pick up a Southern Hospitality Button from my blog! I had them made so I could give them out to others…like you! I want you to have one and proudly display it! I would be so honored if you did! Grab it here: http://her-southern-ramblings.blogspot.com/ and I will see what I can come up with for your cause! What address would I send it to?


    • Nicole August 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm - Reply

      Tif, YOU are so sweet. Send me an email at nicole.m.hutchison at gmail.com and I’ll forward my home mailing address to you. Thank you! Thank you!

  3. Amanda {at} Royal Daughter Designs August 19, 2012 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    Girl you are a busy lady! How many items do you need from each shop? E-mail with details. 🙂

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  6. Lisa September 12, 2012 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I was thinking about sending you a framed print of one of my photos — do you think that would make a good donation? =) If not, let me know, and I’ll think of something else.


    • Nicole September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      YES …. and I will slash the tires of anyone who tries to out-bid me!!!!!!! I’m KIDDING. Seriously, people. I’m joking. Lisa, that would be wonderful. Thank you. Big hugs!!!!! =)

      • Lisa September 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm - Reply

        Okay….looking into the best way to get it to you. I might order directly from the lab and have it shipped straight to you. You need it by next Wednesday, right?

        • Nicole September 12, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

          I need it no later than Friday, Sept 21 as the event is Saturday, Sept 22. You. Are. Wonderful. Thank you! Thank you! =)

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