Saturday, January 16, 2010

An Opportunity to Help Others and a Chance to Win Blog Candy!!!

I am so honored to be part of several design teams. Sometimes it makes my life a little crazy, trying to keep up with the crafting responsibilities, blog posts, etc., but I love being part of each and every one of these design teams!

Melissa is one of my fellow DT members on the Inktegrity DT. She was sharing with the DT earlier this week about a friend of hers from High School. She'd lost contact with him over the years, but recently discovered him on facebook and was able to catch up on life. His life has taken a sad turn. He and his dear wife recently (just last week, if my memory is correct) lost their precious 4 1/2 year old daughter after a courageous fight with a brain tumor. We can all imagine the heartache this couple is experiencing, and I'm sure many of us will hold our own children a bit closer after reading this post.

Roger and his wife Rachel created a pay-it-forward organization as a way to help them cope with Charlotte's illness (and now her death). The mission statment of CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation is to provide financial support to families of children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses through individual giving and public/private partnerships with organizations who have similar goals.

When Melissa heard her friend Roger's story, she took action. She asked Joni, the owner of Inktegrity stamps if she was willing to come up with a stamp that she could sell to help out the pay-it forward organization. Joni readily agreed (THANK YOU, Joni!!!) and this image was developed. It incorporates Charlotte's love for books, princesses, and butterflies.

The profits earned from the sale of this digital image will go to CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation. As far as I know, the only place it can be purchased is on Melissa's blog (in the sidebar).

Because this story has touched my heart so much, I want to pay-it-forward, too. First, I purchased the image myself. (I love it! so that wasn't a difficult thing to do.) I want others to purchase it, too, so together we can help CJ's Thumbs Up foundation! That's where the BLOG CANDY comes in.

I'm going to be giving away my first ever BLOG CANDY to someone who purchases this special stamp. If you purchase it NO LATER THAN JANUARY 30, leave a comment here in this thread of my blog letting me know and on January 31 I will ANNOUNCE the randomly selected winner of the BLOG CANDY! If you have a blog, put the link to the stamp in your sidebar and you also can be entered in the contest for my BLOG CANDY give-away (BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT HERE LETTING ME KNOW YOU DID SO). AND if you create a card using the image and post it to your blog or an online gallery, let me know and you'll get another chance to win the BLOG CANDY!

Let's get the word out about CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation!


Anonymous said...

Hi Jeanette.... just letting you know how happy I am to help with the paying it forward for CJ's Thumbs Up foundation...I just purchased the stamp and will for sure make a card using it and put it in my SCS gallery...will let you know when it is done...My heart breaks for this couple and am also sending prayers their way...I don't have a blog yet but did want to try and help in some way...

April said...

I have to do something with it....I have an idea, just no room to create it until I get a few scrapbook pages cranked out....will let you see it once I get it made!!

April said...

And, hopefully it is in my scs gallery - aprilo

Have a great night!!!

Janice said...

Hi Jeanette- how very generous of you to offer blog candy! I purchased this stamps too- it really is awesome and even more so because it's going to such a great cause. I announced Melissa's charity in my post but will now add the blinkie to my sidebar- don't know why I didn't think of that to start with-duh.

Sam said...

Hi Forest!!
I ordered the digi but haven't received it yet. Just wanted you to know so I could be eligible for the blog candy!!! I'm greedy you know!!! LOL!