Those of you who know me, know I love to talk, get me on the phone and you’ll have to end the conversation because I won’t. Gabbity gab gab. But right now I’m in front of my keyboard and I don’t know what to write. I’m talking about the success of the iPad fundraiser from this post:
I’ve said it to a few of you, Thank you seems much too small. Yesterday we hit 60 people committed to purchase in our fundraiser to earn an iPad for our family, Elijah specifically.
I almost didn’t do this challenge, I really didn’t. I wrote the blog post Sunday night and didn’t publish until Monday morning. I didn’t want to get close and have to start begging people to please pony up. It’s not my style. But to hit 60 in one day? Wow, no… WOW! It is a testament to how wonderful nature of all those who purchased for our cause, but also to all those who RT’d, reposted, and blogged about our campaign. I would say about 1/3 of the people in the comments in the post below I don’t know. In fact, I got an email from someone saying: I saw this on Mike Hoovers Facebook. I have no idea who Mike Hoover is, but some looking indicates that the girl buying is the friend, of a friend, of an acquaintance. Next thing I know Kevin Bacon is going to be placing an order 😉 Mike thanks for reposting a stranger’s story.
I spoke with Melissa (from The Puzzling Piece) on the phone today and wowzers that woman has energy! She is lovely when I told her we are at about 65 she say’s great you’re going for the second one! What? We can get a second one?!? She says she’ll do it! How amazing is that? So if you haven’t purchased because you’ve seen that we have enough, don’t stop! Please don’t stop. If we can make 120 that second iPad is destined not for our house, but to another family. You’ve been so good to me, I would love the opportunity to surprise a family in my community with this amazing gift. I know a family with 3(!) kids on the spectrum, one completely non verbal, that I would love to bless. And if they already have an iPad, I can think of two other autism families that I would love to surprise as well. Keep me busy sending payment requests and reconciling my spread sheet!
My Blog had it’s busiest day yesterday with about 370 hits. And we are the first family to complete the requirements for an iPad! The first ones! Hey it doesn’t hurt that The Puzzling Piece is actually offering something genuinely gorgeous. Autism may affect 1 in 110 but your selfless acts have proven it can effect 1 in 1. Those who give without thinking of themselves are the truly blessed.
By my count
27, 33 42 43 people have astounded us with orders for 63, 75 90 96 necklaces and keychains.
We’ve received payment for
11, 45, 49, 92 with many cheques in the mail I’m sure. Thank-you Jodelene, Sammer, Jenn, Zoey, Rozanne, DevFacto, Auntie Val, Jenn, Kim, Jill, Marianne, Barb, Angela, Tammy,Angela Ry,Evelyne,Tracy,Dayna,Evelyn, Penny, Alvina, Cindy, Shaun and Lindsay, Carly, Terri, Avie, Jen C, Kaitlin, Morgann, Erin, Heather,Vera, Mom, Pam, Sarah, Lauren, Monica, Dayna, Tracy, Evelyn, Blaine, Cliff, Robyn and Cara for following through with your commitment. I’m confident everyone will,and we are so lucky! (look for your name here when we receive your money)
Special thanks to Mandi and David of DevFacto for being our largest contributor, to Kelly of Pulp Studios for sending the most people our way, and to Shaun and Lindsay of Outright Life for doing the most promoting!
I will keep you all posted as to when I place the order, when it arrives, and when I ship it to you.
And though it’s not enough, Thank you again. Please keep passing this forward, remember RT, repost, press this, email or write your own blog!
To help shore up that second ipad please see this post, as of January 23 we’re only 24 shy of changing another little ones life with the use of an iPad.