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Looking for the Christmas Fairy :) [26 Nov 2007|11:56am]

Hi, I'm Cristina, and I have a very good friend who is disabled and still working to get back on her feet after her husband's death last year.

She has a huge heart and sends me and others inspirational quotes every day to cheer us up, even though sometimes she is so sick she can hardly function. She and I have been searching for part-time work for her from home, and she is making real progress to recover and deal with some things in her life.

This year, though, she needs a little help with Christmas presents for her two young children. Both children are talented artists and love to draw, sing, and perform in community theater musicals. She has a thirteen year old daughter and a fourteen year old son.

Also, there are a few other children (her niece and nephew and some family friends' children) who also won't get much for Christmas this year:

Jenner (JR) 14 years old
Anthony 15 years old
Lexi 4 years old
Kyle 3 years old

The family lives in Northern California - and I'd like to help my friend and her mother receive something as well as the children. I'll be sending them gifts myself but would like to invite people here to help also if they so choose. Perhaps people can select one or two family members and sign up to get them gifts? People in payingforward did that last year and we're all very grateful to them. People can get creative and make handmade gifts or something else that doesn't cost too much if they like - last year I put together handmade coloring books for the youngest children from pages I printed out online.

Please comment if you are interested and leave an email address and I'll give you the family's contact info. Thank you very much and have a beautiful holiday!

Josh Groban performs O Holy Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx0C5ZDi1rs
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Help find a van to help a little boy travel [18 Sep 2007|04:57pm]

Lucas deserves his own post
At the women's retreat, my mom and I met a very kind lady who'd also come with her mother. They treated us to ice cream after the kayak trip because we hadn't brought any cash, and we started talking.

They were very intelligent, caring people, and we got into a great conversation about writing, literature, blogging, etc. The daughter had traveled to Europe to volunteer with college students, and met her husband over in Portugal. They'd be living there together now, but their son was born with a rare genetic condition which causes problems with moving and talking, and he's getting care here in the United States. Apparently there's no cure or even a proper diagnosis for his condition, just a listing of which chromosomes are altered on the business card the mother made to hand out to doctors for her son.

Lucas is a happy, energetic three year old, who enjoys music and singing. He requires a lot of medical equipment on his person at all times, and uses a wheelchair (the family just bought him one, and he's excited about moving on his own.) In order for him to go to school eventually or travel or go just about anywhere at all with his family, someone has to help him into a vehicle together with all his equipment and wheelchair.

The family is looking to raise money to purchase, or find a donated van for the disabled that would allow them to transport him and his support equipment. I don't really know how much those would cost or where to find one, but if anyone here knows of a company producing those which I could write to on behalf of the family, or knows where to get a good deal on one, then please comment here. Or if anyone would like to make a contribution to the family, comment here and I will put you in touch with them.

Thanks for caring about a sweet three-year-old!
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Gulu Walk 2007 - Be an Icon [18 Sep 2007|04:47pm]

Reposted from ugandacalling - I would like to invite everyone here to join me in a "virtual walk" where we get together and comment, read links, and send petitions (and fundraise/donate if able) to help those affected by the civil war in Uganda. The official Gulu Walk is October 20th, and I'd love to go in person and help out, but the day is hard for me as it tends to be the same as the Cancer Society's annual breast cancer walk, which I attend with my mom. But I'd love to help raise awareness for ending the Ugandan civil war anyway, please comment if you may be interested in some kind of virtual walk (we can just comment and sign petitions, no pressure to fundraise).

Just received an email from World Vision today encouraging people to keep signing their non-denominational petition for other nations to lend moral and logistical support to the peace talks in Uganda: https://secure2.convio.net/wv/site/Advocacy?page=UserAction&cmd=display&id=128

I also encourage as many people as possible to get involved with their local Gulu Walks, as they support organizations on the ground in Uganda assisting people with health, education, etc. http://www.resolveuganda.org/node/305

Even if you are not able to raise money, there are volunteer positions available on walk day helping people check in, find the route, etc. And just coming out shows support and can help make it more likely that people will organize a Gulu Walk next year in your city. Great project for a volunteer club, even one not specifically focused on Uganda.

I'd also like to see a virtual walk for people who do not live near a city with a Walk! This applies to me as I'm in the SF Bay Area and so far there does not seem to be a San Francisco walk yet. Let me know if anyone's interested in virtually walking, and I will contact the Walk coordinators. We can still fundraise and then email or chat via AIM on that day and all send petitions or something, or promise to walk on our own in the future.

Should you choose to sponsor me, here is my Gulu Walk page: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/personalPage.aspx?EventID=12619&LangPref=en-CA&RegistrationID=351649

I quoted Neo from the Matrix and Gandalf from Lord of the Rings...
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Project Focus seeks film donations. [28 May 2007|06:51pm]

Hey everyone, Project Focus is a great group of Chicago-area college students who were inspired by the documentary Invisible Children to do something to help children in Uganda. They went over to the country awhile back and worked with local humanitarian nonprofits, and while there gave cameras to children and had them take pictures of the country as they saw it. The photos have now made it into a traveling art exhibition made to help educate people about Ugandan culture. Now they're returning to Uganda to teach art classes to AIDS orphans, and to network Ugandan artists with Western ones for artistic collaboration.

I found them when they posted to the community I moderate, ugandacalling.

They're looking for donations of money, camera film and for people to help publicize their cause. Most of the money they spend comes out of their own pockets, although they're open to grants from foundations. You can check out their website at http://www.projectfocus.org and gloratious is one of the artists, you can contact him directly if you like or just comment here. They're a registered tax deductible organization and the members seem very committed, real, and enthusiastic.

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Moving help for a friend [16 Mar 2007|04:30pm]

I have a question for a friend who is disabled and lives in Marin County, California. She was in the middle of a move last year when her husband suddenly passed away from cancer that worsened unexpectedly.

U-Haul still has some of her things in storage in San Francisco, as she was not able to pick them up while she cared for her husband and resolved some issues she had with the company regarding a truck malfunction.

Anyway, they have told her the items are still there in SF waiting to be picked up whenever she is ready. Is there anyone out there, or does anyone know how we might find, someone with a truck who might be able to go with her to retrieve the furniture? She needs to sell these items ASAP on Ebay to raise money to help herself and her children survive without her husband's income.

She and I would be glad to barter for help also - I am an experienced writer/editor/proofreader and she makes beautiful modernist photo art on the computer.

Thanks so much!
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Friend in need [09 Dec 2006|04:52am]

Hi, I'm a new member, and I think this comm is a great idea! I will be more active soon and will gladly do good deeds for the members!

It would be awfully awesome if someone in this community could help out my friend memepr0gramme - he's a sweet, intelligent guy with a quirky sense of humor who loves linguistics, biology, music, literature, chatting with people, computers, etc and needs a place to stay for the holidays in the SF Bay Area. He just left a home situation in another state where he was not accepted for being queer - and is looking to get back into work/school as soon as he can over here. He has to leave the place where he's staying now and it would be great if someone would have him as their guest over the holidays just so he doesn't have to worry about housing over Christmas/New Year's!
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[28 Jan 2004|09:37am]

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[02 Jan 2004|06:55pm]

I was shocked.
If anyone can help, please, do it.
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The holidays and winter are near [22 Nov 2003|06:29am]

With the holidays and winter almost here, we (deita and I) wanted to start a coat drive, canned food drive, and a toy drive. Everything collected will be distributed to those less fortunate. There are no limitations, other then the toys have to be new. The collections end by Christmas so if you would like to participate, please reply to this post and we can figure out how you can get the items to us.
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[20 Nov 2003|05:00pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

I just wanted to thank those who have signed up or "became friends" with this community. It's starting off slow, but I'm hoping that others will warm up to the idea and feel more comfortable to speak up. :)

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[17 Nov 2003|07:00pm]

Hi guys,

At the end of November we are going on a trip to a remote island off the shore of Belize, a Central American country.
The only clinic on this island consists of a local nurse and a doctor provided by the Cuban government as part of humanitarian mission. This small clinic is in dire need of supplies, and we are happy to help them in any way we can. The clinic asked us to bring some sheets and towels, and a few medicines widely available over the counter here but requiring a day-long trip to get them there.

So here is the reason for my email: if any of you would like to donate
- triple antibiotic ointment or anti fungal creams, Motrin, Advil, any common over-the-counter drugs.
- twin size sheets, flat and fitted, any color - but white is easy to bleach, used or new.
- bath and hand towels are needed also.

These don't have to be new, even open bottles are fine. Just in case you bought something for a one-time use and don't need it anymore - don't let it sit in your closet beyond the expiration date.

I am sure the island people will greatly appreciate it :-)

Please let me know before November 21st. Thanks!

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Today [17 Nov 2003|06:16pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

I donated $20 to Orphan International America. It's an organization that builds orphanages in Haiti. I wish I could do more, but right now that's all I can afford.

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Introduction [17 Nov 2003|05:09pm]

[ mood | excited ]

I notice that people copy movies all the time, the clothing style, speech, slang, bad habits, but out of all the movies I've seen, there's only one that I found worthy of such a compliment, yet it has failed to make any impact. "Pay It Forward" introduced a great idea to change this world, and although it may sound silly to our fashion and violence oriented race, every little bit helps. Let's try it, how bad could it be to do something selfless for someone? For those of you who haven't seen the film, here's how it works:
You help three people, and ask them not to pay you back with a favor, but rather pay it forward, by doing something nice for three other people, and ask those people to ask for "payments forward". Join the community, share your thoughts and ideas, post about what you have done, or what someone has done for you. Post if you need help with something, and post if you can help someone. Let's set this thing in motion!

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