Wednesday, January 5, 2011

New Year; New You! Give Back!

Hello friends! 
I have a special treat for you today!
I have invited a blogger pal of mine over for a visit today to share a great opportunity with you.

Meet Mandy!
Hello!!! My name is Mandy and I blog over at Making Memories of Us and tweet @amschotter.
I'm new to the bloggy world and loving every minute of it! I'm so
honored to be guest posting on hiya luv!! 
AND this is my FIRST guest
post...EVAH! {double happy dance} 
I love Gina and I am so thankful
that she asked me to write a little something today!

So, first off....Happy New Year!

I have a few goals {like many of you probably do} for the start of
this new year. Exercise more, eat better, blog more, take more
pictures...AND...

I want to GIVE BACK. Whether it's with charities or volunteering...
I
want to help others. 
If this is something you'd like to do more of
too, I have a great opportunity for you....

My MIL is a RNFA {registered nurse first assist} for a plastic surgeon
in Louisville, KY. For the past few years she has had the opportunity
to travel to the Philippines with the doctor she works for to assist
with cleft lip/pallet surgeries for young children. 

They are going
again this year in February!!! As she and I were talking the other day
about how it's such an amazing opportunity and how rewarding it is...I
had an idea. 

"Wouldn't it be great if you could give a book to each of
the kids that you do a surgery for?"
 
{they do about 50 surgeries while
they're there}And her response was, "Oh my gosh! They would LOVE
that!" I know a book isn't much, but it's something that they can
have, for their own, and to {maybe} help distract from the
surgery/pain. 

Originally I thought one book per child, but
really...why couldn't it be more like two or three? I've talked to a
few teacher friends of mine that are willing to go through their books
donate to this cause. I wish I had my own classroom, because this
would be such a great service project to teach the kids about giving
to those to are less fortunate. {sigh, I miss having my own class} So,
my question to you is....

Would you be willing to donate new/slightly used books to send to kids
who have the cleft lip/pallet surgeries? I'm looking for {preferably}
paper back due to the weight limit and room in their luggage.

{You  may ask WHY BOOKS? For one reason, they are smaller and don't
take up too much room/weight. I wish we could send so much more, but
we are limited on what to send.}

If you can't give, maybe you know someone who would/could? If not,
then please pray that those who perform the surgeries are able to do
as many as possible while they are down there. Also, all of the
supplies that they use while in the Philippines are acquired by
donations. My MIL was telling me that they don't have all of the
supplies yet and they are leaving in about a month, so please pray
that they are able to secure all of the things they need to do the
surgeries. Pray for their safe travel and for their safety while in
the Philippines.

If you would like more info on the project here is the website,
Operation H.O.P.E. If you would like to contact me to help out by
donating books or other materials please contact me at
amschotter at gmail dot com.

I sincerely hope that everyone had a wonderful New Years Eve and that
2011 brings you many blessings and love to you, friend!

xoxo Mandy

Thanks Mandy! I would love to send a book and will be in touch to find out how to do so. For those of you who do not know, USPS offers special media mail rates when you ship books so it is not that costly to ship a book or even a few to Mandy in Indiana. If you are unable to send a book, please tweet about this post and if nothing else pray. Thanks luvs! You are a blessing! 

11 thoughts:

Collette Osuna said...

Mandy...you are truly an amazing woman..so nice to meet you:)

Stop by and say Hello:)
Come be a part of my new online fashion magazine!!♥

Cassie said...

Wow, what a great idea and a way to put your faith in action! Thanks for sharing the opportunity ;D

Lelan @ Good Gravy! said...

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Love this post, great job!

Sarah B. said...

What a great cause! I may have some books that I can donate :) My grandparents used to be missionaries in the Philippines once upon a time!

la petite coquine said...

What an amazing idea! I have so many books sitting in my old bedroom that could go to such better use in the hands of a child! Gina, I'm so glad you introduced us all to Mandy-she's amazing!

Sandy a la Mode said...

mandy!! you are soo sweet!! congrats on your first guest post~!! :)

Michelleesque said...

This is super sweet. I donate my books every year to the local Hearts Charity that sends my books to children in Vietnam. This warms my heart a lot. I will definitely read more about this! Thank you so much for sharing this information!

E said...

This is such an amazing idea! I need to weed through some of the children's books next time I'm at my parents' house to share!

Kara said...

Great post!!! I am totally touched and will be donating books for sure.

Gina, as you know, I am a teacher...I will go thru my classroom library tomorrow and I will also use my scholastic books points for books to donate (teachers earn points towards free books when students in their class purchase books thru scholastic).

I would "LUV" to help. Mandy, kudos for you for being so thoughtful and loving. Kudos to your MIL and the Dr for being so giving, compassionate, and generous. Prays are with them!

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Thank you to both you and Mandy for the opportunity to help these special kids. I have two packages of books all ready to mail - just waiting for the address to send them to.
Hugs,
Kerry
kerrykatiecakeskeb43@gmail.com

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