GIVEAWAY ENDS THURSDAY AT MIDNIGHT! NEW PRIZES ADDED!
If you are here to enter for the drawing for the scrapbooking kits- please specify that in the comment section!
***I am updating Olga's totals from donations to Reece's Rainbow daily- she went from $78 when we started to $11,279since this post went up!!! LET'S KEEP THIS MOVING!!****
My hands are shaking as I'm typing, so if I misspell some words, that's why.
I spent the day with a little girl on my heart..her name is Olga.
I can't even tell you the burden I have for this little girl.
I am so heavy of heart because of this little baby. She could be my Lily.
Olga turns five next month. In Eastern Europe, babies with Down syndrome are deemed unacceptable at birth. Olga has spent her life in an orphanage...until now. Soon she will be transferred to a mental institution. Forever.
If you don't like to read those words, if hearing about the plight of these orphans turns your stomach (it does mine), if you just can't bear the thought of what happens to those children...
Then be thankful.
Be thankful you have the option of hitting that tiny x at the top right hand corner of your screen.
Because Olga doesn't have that option.
She can't close her eyes and make her whole bad-dream-of-a-life go away.
She is destined to a life of abandonment and grief and ugliness so horrid most of us can't even stand to watch a five minute video about it.
So today, I was praying and crying and writing this post and asking God- what would you have me to do.
Sam came home and we ate dinner as a family, and I tried to enjoy our time together as a family. But I wanted him to read my post from this afternoon, part two of my interview with Lisa Peele, who adopted this year from Reece's Rainbow....I wanted him to tell me what we could do for Olga. We don't have the income to qualify for an adoption on Reece's Rainbow.
But someone out there does.
Tonight while I was searching other adoption blogs, trying to see what could be done to raise money for Olga's adoption fund on Reece's Rainbow, I ran across an amazing story.
One mama, blogging from the heart, raised $20,000 for one little orphan. In five days. She called her post The Most Important Post I have Ever Written. (please click on this link if you want to read her story.)
So tonight I was reading and praying and thinking and brainstorming about how we could help Olga. My husband was doing the same thing, while drafting a letter to friends on his laptop, asking them to help. As I stared at the blog post I mentioned above, I said to him, "I just read about a mom who raised $20,000 in five days."
"How?" Sam asked.
"She had a giveaway on her blog. For an iPad."
**side note: I am so stuck in the nineties...I don't even know what an iPad is. But it must be good :)***
My littles kept coming in for extra goodnight kisses, so I went to tuck them all in and finish up some dishes in the kitchen...still praying... brainstorming... thinking what I could sell...I even looked at my cock-a-poo and wondered how much I could get for her:)
Sam walked in the room with a grin on his face...told me to close my eyes and put out my hands..
And in them he placed a brand new iPod touch.
I have no idea how to use it, or why people like them...but I knew what he was thinking.
Can I just say I love that man????
Turns out he opened a bank account 6 months ago, and "earned" a brand new iPod touch. the NEW iPod touch with a built-in camera. It just came in the mail. He was going to sell it and spoil me with something I would really use for Christmas;) But he knows what I REALLY want.
I want to bring Olga home.
We don't meet the income requirements for Reece's Rainbow.
But someone out there does.
And this is where you come in, dear readers.
I'm giving away this brand new iPod touch (valued at $229 )to one lucky commenter. And I am hoping, praying, shamelessly begging you to give til it hurts. And tell every blessed soul you know about this giveaway. As my husband loves to say- tell your in-laws and out-laws too! Blog about it, Facebook about it, tweet it, text it...just get the word out- Lily is giving away an iPod touch, and all you have to do is donate to Olga to enter.
We have additional prizes that random.org will draw winners for ...each prize is separate- in other words, you can win the iPod touch OR a gift card OR a scrapbook kit..but you only have to enter once for a chance to win. There are still FIVE ways you can enter (and leave a separate comment for each entry- details in the original post below!)
Additional Prizes are as follows:
***Lisa Peele, whose interview helped spark this amazing adventure is donating two iTunes gift cards- $15 each !! So we will award these to two different commenters.
(sample image of card...not sure what the real one looks like;))
***I am donating a brand new unopened Studio Calico scrapbooking kit- this month's kit "Metropolitan!" valued at $34.50 (plus $7.50 shipping when you purchase this through Studio Calico ...but I will ship this to you for free!)
Celebrate any occasion in style with METROPOLITAN. This kit features brand new product from KI Memories, Maya Road, and exclusive papers from Studio Calico and Sassafras.
One of my favorite people in the world, Lily's Tia Allison is donating her unopened, new in package December scrapbooking kit, "Winter Medley" from kit company Cocoa Daisy, valued at $32.95 (plus $7.25 shipping when you purchase through Cocoa Daisy- but I will ship it to you for free!)
Combine a little bit of vintage and a little bit of bright whimsy and you get Cocoa Daisy's December kit. Full of new releases from My Mind's Eye, Girls' Paperie, Glitz, Making Memories and 7 gypsies. You will love creating with this soft, whimsical kit! We have even thrown in a some Mica Snow for you to play with.
Allison- I LOVE YOU!!
AND- The owner of Cocoa Daisy, Christine Drumheller, contacted me- she is donating a SECOND December kit to this giveaway because she is so thrilled to see what is happening here!
THANK YOU, Christine!!!
Penny from The Story Matters donated this gorgeous December Kit valued at $25 ..
Thank you, Penny!!!
***We have a $100 Macy's gift card being donated IF Olga's fund reaches $10,000 !!!!!!!!!!
(also a sample image of card...not sure what the real one looks like!)
AS WELL AS these prizes, until December 25th, Etsy owner Lacey is donating 21%
of all proceeds from her shop LacyBird (HOW SWEET IS THAT NAME???!!!) to Olga's fund!!!!
After Christmas from now on 10% of all her sales will go directly to Reece's Rainbow!
AND as an added incentive- if any of you make a purchase from her shop- just use the code SWEETOLGA and receive a ten percent discount!!! ***Lacey- THANK YOU- you are amazing!!!
My husband got his company to donate $1 for every new subscriber to zipdeals. A zipdeal is a coupon that comes in an email offering 50 to 70% off local restaurants and businesses. If you've ever heard of "groupons" - it's the same thing. Anyway- his company (Ziplocal) will donate a dollar to Olga for every person who subscribes to get these emails. ***they will not spam you, and you can unsubscribe at any time, and Olga will still get the dollar.** Sounds like small potatoes- but if 500 people subscribed, that's $500 for Olga! If you want to subscribe, click here: http://tinyurl.com/RRfundraiser (subscribing is free)
FROM Lily's Dad: this will take 2 seconds..Lily has had over 5,000 visits to her blog since we started the giveaway. If every visitor did JUST THIS- that would be $5,000...just sayin'.
***also donated: one prize each (4 total being donated):
Cuddly companions for children of all ages. Each buddy features a zippered pocket to hold a delightful Scentsy fragrance. Just insert scent pack and watch your Scentsy buddy come alive with scent! From Roarbert the Lion to Penny the Pig every buddy needs a friend! $25 each. They can also check out this site for them and for every Scentsy buddy ordered this month Jamie will donate $5 to Olga's fund.
*** ALSO donated:
Sophie Giraffe - all natural teether
In natural rubber the famous giraffe ‘Sophie’, who has been part of babies’ lives for more than 40 years. Slender, flexible, and soft, baby can squeeze and chew her in complete safety. Made of 100% Natural Rubber (phthalates Free) and food paint. *valued at $24*
ASTRA Best Toy 2009
Thank you, Shauna!
4 Beautiful hand-blown glass Christmas ornaments!
Stephanie's husband is from Poland, and they have these specially made and shipped here to sell- they are valued at $80 for four. THANK YOU, Stephanie- and thank you to your kids for coming up with the idea to donate these!!!
So here's the deal:
*leave one comment if you give to Olga at Reece's Rainbow (click here!)
*leave another comment if you blog about this giveaway (post your link)
*leave another comment if you post about this giveaway on FB
*leave another comment if you tweet this giveaway.
* leave another comment if you sign up (at the bottom of this blog) as a follower...and if you are already a follower, you can leave a second comment as well;)
Five ways to enter...but only if you first donate to Olga. (CLICK LINK)
**this link is like a shopping cart- click on "add" under her picture, which will add her to the cart and at that point you can either order an ornament, make an additional donation, or both.
If Olga has a huge amount in her fund- bank on it- a family will come forward to adopt her. There's not a lack of families who want these babies- there's a lack of finances.
Please spread the word, and please pray for Olga.
I can't think of a better Christmas present, than knowing Olga will be rescued.
Random.org will draw a winner from Lily's comment section Thursday night.
THANK YOU AHEAD OF TIME!!!!!
I'm going to bed a happy woman:)