Friday, August 28, 2009

the power of blogging


Feeling very overwhelmed(in a good way)...thank you so much for the outpouring of love & positive response to our BACK TO SCHOOL service project! I have received phone calls & emails letting me know that you want to help! It puts a lump in my throat & tears in my eyes just thinking about it. Thank you to Patti C. for the bag of darling clothes. Thank you to Patty M. for the gift card. Thanks to my Mom for the cash. Thanks to Amber for the shoes & sweatshirt. Thank you to Free for the gift card. Thank you Kim M. for shopping. Thank you Jenn E. for shopping. Thanks to Katie & Annie for the t-shirts & socks. Thanks to Grandma S. for the phone call this morning, cheering me on :-).
If you are still interested in helping, I will collect items through Wednesday of next week. I am hoping to deliver the BACK TO SCHOOL items by Friday of next week, just in time for the new school year.
Every little thing adds up, helps & makes a difference!
If you are new to my blog or have no idea what I am referring to, please see below :-)!

I have always felt that blogs/blogging(in general)are used for good. I am often inspired by other peoples blogs. On a daily basis, I can find new recipes, home decorating ideas, amazing scrapbook layouts, card designs, homemade crafts, new music, photography that inspires me, parenting tips, money saving tips & updates on the people I love, admire, & miss the most.

I had a family member call me tonight. She has a friend in need. She was checking with me to see if I had any clothes that did not fit my boys anymore. As we talked a little bit about her friend in need, I thought(out loud)and said" I bet I can do better than my boys hand me downs. I am taking this to my blog". I thought it would fun to put together a "back to school" blog service project. I thought it would be cool to see what kind of service my blog could generate for this family. As my family member described this friend of hers, I immediately knew that I wanted to help her. Here is where, I hope the power of my little ole' blog is going make a difference in their lives.

I obtained a list of the children's ages & their clothing sizes. If you see something that you would like to provide for this family, please leave a comment.
I will update this on a regular basis. If you don't have time to shop, I am totally willing to do that part on your behalf. You can send gift cards or money & I will fill in the gaps. I will blog along the way with updates & post pictures of the items we collect. Please feel free to tell your friends & family about this service opportunity & link them to my blog.The more the merrier.

Here is what these children are in need of. As you can see, the items are pretty basic.

13 year old boy:
Shirt size XL-XXL, Pants 36W32L, Shoes 10 1/2 -11, Ankle socks, boxers 33-35.

8 year old girl:
Shirt Medium or 8, Pants 8, Shoes 4 1/2-5, Ankle socks, underwear 8.

6 year old boy:
Shirt Medium or 7, Pants 7, Shoes 3 1/2 - 4, Ankle socks, boxers 7.

4 year old boy:
Shirt 5-6T, Pants 5T, Shoes 101/2-11, Ankle socks
** not fully potty trained so diapers or pull ups would be good.

School supplies: 13 year old needs a backpack, but the others have one. Binders, binder paper, notepads, pens/pencils, pencil/pen holder, colored pencils, dividers/folders.

I know this family(especially the Mom) will appreciate & love anything we can provide for them. I am a BIG believer in the whole pay it forward concept. I truly believe that when we help others in need, we too will be blessed & provided for.

If you have any questions or need my address, you can email me at


lorelie said...

What an amazing idea, Raimi. I'll see what I can do from here. Thanks for always raising the bar for all of us.

annie said...

we're off to target! we'll let you know what we find...

Kim said...

Email me your address and I'll go shopping sometime this week! Thanks for the opportunity to help!

Raimi said...

Lor, anything would GREAT! Thanks!

Annie, thank you! I am so excited!

Kim, I just sent you my home address! Thank you!

Free, thank you for the email :-). I will happily do some shopping in your name, on your behalf! You are the BEST!

Thank you for your excitement & participation! This is so great! I am taking my boys shopping tomororow & am letting them pick a few things out.

Thanks Again!
You girls, ROCK!!!!

annie and katie said...

socks and a shirt for each on the way...priority mail:) thanks for letting us help! we bought at target if you need to return/exchange.

Raimi said...

Dear Annie & Katie,
Thank you so much! YOU ARE AWESOME!
Love you both! Thanks for helping! I will let you know when the package arrives :-)!


Stephanie said...

I have some things I will bring by or to church this weekend. You are such thoughtful person.