December 6, 2009

Blog • Bid • Hope

Through blogging, we have learned that we can make authentic connections with people around the world.

We read about one another's greatest accomplishments, we celebrate the highest highs and we grieve the lowest lows.

This holiday season I have decided I want to help. I want to use this platform as a way to bring good to some not so good situations.

And because we read and love and learn and cry and laugh with each other, we must be here to support and help one another as well. Recently one of our own,
Anissa Mayhew, a witty mother of three, collapsed after suffering a massive stroke. Her family and friends are devastated.

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One minute her husband was talking to her about which hotel they could stay in over Thanksgiving and the next moment she was unresponsive in a hospital bed. Everyone is praying for Anissa to pull through and little by little it seems they are starting to see bits of progress, but her family has a long way to go. She has just been moved out of intensive care and has a very long road ahead of her...they need help.

Matt Logelin is no stranger to the devastating turns our lives can take. He started blogging like many of us did, as a way to update friends and family across the globe on the progress of his family...in his case, a pregnant wife, Liz.

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He proudly posted the excitement of the birth of his baby girl Madeline one day and the tragic loss of his beautiful wife due to a pulmonary embolism just 27 hours later.

The Liz Logelin Foundation was established by Matt to assist families suffering similar losses. The goal is to "financially assist these families as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, and struggle to move forward."

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Matt also challenges his readers...and everyone...to "skip the latte" and donate 7 dollars on the 7th of every month. It can be such a small number for us, but if EVERYONE donated $7 on the 7th, we could help SO many.

The week of December 7, I will be working with a group of bloggers (
Buried with Children, Mayhem & Moxie, 7 Clown Circus, Scary Mommy, The Extraordinary Ordinary, & Mama’s Losin’ It) to promote a three day auction called, Blog, Bid, Hope to raise money on behalf of The Liz Logelin Foundation and Anissa Mayhew.

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Thanks to Laurie from Tip Junkie we were able to connect with wonderful mom-preneurs who have generously agreed to donate their goods, including blog designs, toys, art, accessories, baby gear, and SO much more.

You'll be sure to please anyone on your holiday list with any number of the packages that will be available! Not to mention ALL of the proceeds will be going to help people during extremely difficult times in their lives.

The auction will officially begin on Wednesday, December 9th. All items will listed on any one of the Blog, Bid, Hope hosting sites and will begin at $10. We're asking for bids to increase at $2 increments. If you see an item you'd like to bid on, just leave a comment on that item's post stating your price.

In addition to our own auction we want to encourage everyone to swing by Anissa Mayhew's
Aiming Low site on December 10th. Her friends and fellow Aiming Low writers have organized a Shop 4 Anissa day, where they will link to specific vendors who have agreed to donate a portion of all proceeds to the Hope 4 Anissa fund specifically for that day.

See that? You can help too. We all can. Together. Like a giant kumbaya family. Bloggers helping bloggers.

Let's show everyone how powerful we can be when we choose to work together toward a common goal.


[This same post is cross-posted on the participating bloggers' blogs and is not all my own words, but definitely is what my heart feels, too. My love to all of you today :) ]

If you'd like to donate directly to Anissa and her family, you can send via PayPal to:
anissa.mayhew@gmail.com, and to give to the Liz Logelin Foundation, you can via the button on my sidebar to the left.



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8 comments:

  1. Wonderful ways to help others especially during a season where hope is so prevelant. Here's to some of Jesus' love pouring out through this great adventure.

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  2. I have chills from reading this, Steph. As a babywearing, blogging, young (relatively anyway) mother of three young children myself, this hits home. As an estate planning attorney who spends most of every day helping other young families legally state their medical wishes and appoint someone to speak on their behalf should they become unable to do so themselves, legally name guardians for their children, and helping families pass on what really matters most, more than just money, this hits office. I would also like to help if I can.

    So, if any of your readers are Massachusetts residents (anywhere in MA) interested in learning how they can help *legally* protect their families, they can call my office at (781) 740-0848 and ask to speak with my Client Liaison, Astrid, to schedule a Peace of Mind Planning Session with me. If they mention this blog post and comment, we will completely waive the normal fee for that two hour working meeting. They will be under no obligation to move forward with me at all and I promise that they will leave that meeting having gained a great education about their individual circumstances, some options, and information about what the next steps are to take.

    In addition, if they mention this blog post and comment and they do decide to move forward planning with me, in the spirit of the holidays and because I know how critically important it is to just get this stuff done to protect our families, I will offer them $500 off the flat rate fee of whatever plan rate they choose.

    I can also help them to seek an unbiased evaluation of their current life insurance needs and coverage through one of my trusted advisors to ensure that their families are not left struggling financially mid-crisis should anything ever happen to them.

    And for those readers who are not in MA, you can find a lawyer who practices in a similar manner to me here: http://personalfamilylawyer.com/lawyers/find.php
    And you can name legal guardians for your children online right now at: http://kidsprotectionplan.com/

    My heart goes out to these and all the other families so affected. My thoughts and best wishes are with them and their extended families and friends.

    Sincerely,
    Danielle

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  3. i've loved seeing this community rally around anissa and her family. i look forward to the auction!

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  4. What an amazing way to help some great people. People sometimes ask me why I blog (since I am just a little blogger, nothing big.....and apparently some people think you should only blog to get a book deal, lol) and I respond, because it allows me to connect with people all over. I've been blessed to be able to help others with a recipe, or a care package in different countries that I've never been to.

    You have an amazing heart, and I cannot wait for the auction!

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  5. Steph, this is awesome! I've been a sort of half-blogger, with dreams of really putting my heart and soul into it, and I spend time reading blogs that I love - this includes yours and Matt's. I read about Anissa on so many blogs, I've been hooked and started reading her back posts. I check everyday for updates on her! I've wanted to help, and this is a great way for it. I'm glad that I can help out and be involved in some way!

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  6. Amazing, I will support these two very worthy causes for sure. I love reading Matt's blog and Anissa's as well. Also loved tweeting with her and hope she recovers fully and soon.

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  7. How did I miss this post???

    I will be there to bid...and I am so glad to know we can all be that big "kumbaya family" you spoke of.


    Its my idea of heaven.

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