This holiday season, the DGMS Blogmunity is coming together once again to help those among us who need a hand keeping the magic of the holidays alive for their children in these difficult economic times.
In the past, you have helped save a kitten by paying for his surgery, raised funds to help Shawn towards her goal in the San Diego 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, sent a young girl to college by helping to cover her tuition, made an apartment a reality for another DGMS regular, helped cover the emergency vet expenses when Monikka's dog, Bitsy, was attacked, and purchased new mattresses and bedding for another wonderful family.
I am constantly humbled and amazed by the generosity of spirit and true support you all extend whether to one another or to total strangers I bring into the spotlight. Please know I do not come knocking on your hearts without thoroughly vetting a situation or person first. That you trust me for more than just daily laughs, maybe a few tears thrown in here and there, is not something I take lightly or would ever violate.
I know, in the tens of thousands of silent visitors who come here daily, and even in the vocal crew who keep the comments section lively, we have families who are struggling. Parents whose hearts are aching at the thought of not being able to provide their children some cheer this Christmas.
I want to hear from you.
Please share your story with me. And in turn, I will share them with the blogmunity. (Anonymity can obviously be honored when I write.)
And perhaps, just perhaps, through the incredible generosity of the people who make up this blog, we can raise the money to make your holiday a bit brighter.
To those who would share your story, I ask for your honesty. That is paramount in this endeavor. And I would ask for your patience as I vet your situation. Perhaps your child's biggest wish is something simple - like a Barbie or an RC car - yet it is still out of your reach. Perhaps warm clothing would bring smiles.
To those who would donate, I ask for your faith and trust. Faith in the people this blog attracts. Trust that I will see your donations turned into help for real people, with real needs and wishes, and turned into real smiles on real faces.
Donations may be made via Paypalto firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would prefer to write a check, as many have done with their donations in the past, please contact me directly for details. I will keep you apprised as to how we are doing as donations begin to come in.
Our economy is depressing. Family budgets are tighter than ever. But I just don't believe that any child should have the magic of this season stolen from their hearts because of it.
Yes, Virginia, There IS A Santa Claus, because this year - once again, there is a DGMS Blogmunity ready to help him load his sleigh.