Monday, June 14, 2010

Announcing New Prizes and an Extension


I just spent several minutes adding everything that has come in in the past week. We're at $4519! That's amazing! I'm a little emotional right now. I'm truly amazed and humbled that so many people have taken a moment to help with all of the other things going on in the world. That you would notice and care about these little kids, who have no political clout, and nothing to capture the world's attention blesses me so much.

And I think we can make it. We're so close now.

I'm extending the giveaway and deadline until midnight this Thursday June 17. We realized that even though Aaron leaves tomorrow night, he won't actually reach the orphanage until Friday. Thanks to Western Union, we can wire it all him that day in country.

We can do this people! I really think we can now.

So we have another fabulous giveaway. Brenda, the remarkably creative and sweet blogger behind Secret Agent Josephine got back to me this weekend and offered to donate a prize. She pretty much just offered anything in her shop and a few things that aren't listed there as well.
Aren't these adorable?

I feel completely unqualified to choose, so I asked Brenda to just pick something. I don't know yet what she will choose, but I know it will be awesome.

To enter to win a prize from Brenda please click on this link Project Buy the Orphanage a Truck and enter to win on that post. Remember every tweet, link, donation or facebook moment is an entry. Please leave a comment for each one so you can get all of your entries. except, donations are automatic entries anyway, don't comment about those if you don't want to.

Also, we have some prizes that are only useful if you live in SoCal, but I thought I would put them up here because I know some of you are nearby.

Generously donated by DoubleTree Golf Resort San Diego:
A round of golf for 4 people- estimated value is $200. (Mondays to Thursdays only, advance tee time reservations required.)
The Terrace’s CafĂ© breakfast for Two at the DoubleTree Golf Resort.
Also we have a custom made Pamper Basket with aromatic soaps, lotions etc.
and a few bottles of wine donated by the South Coast Winery in Temecula, recognized as the best winery in California for the second consecutive year. (My neighbor is a head chef there. If you ever go ask for Mike, he will make your mouth happy.)
To get one of these local prizes click on this link and make a minimum $25 donation.
Every $25 will be automatically entered into a draw for these great prizes! The winners will be chosen at the orphanage Friday June 18. The cut off date to enter is Thursday June 17 at 12am pacific time. Winners will be notified a week following.
I love you all. Thanks so much for your help on this.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Help us Buy a truck? ***giveaway****

In a week and one day Aaron will board a plane for Thailand. One problem, we still haven't raised the $6000 we need to buy a truck so the kids can get to school safely. (Please scroll down for the story. To learn more about The Charis Project please visit our website.)

So, in the interest of making things fun I started asking some friends of mine to donate prizes for everyone who helps us to reach our goal.

The first person I thought of was Christy from Wired to the Whimsy. I'm so glad for twitter, I would never have met her otherwise. She got back to me within seconds and donated this gorgeous bracelet that she was going to list in her shop.
Isn't it pretty?
Next up we have 2 completely handwoven bags, made by Karen woman on hand looms made of sticks. Like this.
These are the most comfortable bags you have ever worn. You'll have to trust me on this, but I've used a lot of bags, and this super wide woven shoulder strap distributes weight all over your shoulder and back and makes it feel like it weighs barely anything. They are really strong too. The Karen use them for work; to haul wood, tools, chicken feed, etc.
The pouch is really nice and roomy. I've used mine for everything from diapers to books to beach items. You can't wear this bag somewhere without someone stopping to ask you where you got it.
You can see why. Look at the detailed embroidery on this one.

I only have a detail shot of the fringe on this one, because I was shooting just before the sun went down and the others came out all blurry. But you can see the colors in it.
I hope to have even more prizes to add over this coming week. Please contact me if you would like to donate a prize. I will of course tell everyone how awesome you are and link to your store if you have one. :)

There are 4 ways you can enter to win one of these great prizes.

1. Post a link to this page on twitter.
2. Post a link on facebook.
3. Post a link to this page in a blog post.
4. Make a donation. (Size doesn't matter. Every little bit helps. 600 people giving $10 each would reach our goal.)

(The Charis Project is a registered corporation in the state of California with non-profit 501c3 status currently pending IRS approval.)

Please leave a separate comment for each way that you enter to win. Aaron will have the orphanage kids draw numbers as soon as he gets there and those comments will be winners.
****Super Special Bonus Prize****
There will be a separate draw for everyone who makes a donation and Aaron will bring home a surprise prize that is somewhat customized to the winner. i.e. If you think it would be awesome to get working crossbow handcrafted in a tribal village that you can actually use to hunt squirrels for food, he can get you that. OR if you want something cool from a Thai street market, he can get you that too.

And now, to remind everyone why this is so important here is the original post telling why we need this so badly.


Imagine kissing your kids goodbye, checking their backpacks and school uniforms, and sending them on their way to school. You watch and wave and they head off down the road.

Only, you have almost 40 kids, and the road they walk 3-4 miles on, there and back, is a more like a secondary highway, with no shoulder, and no sidewalks, and this is Thailand where people drive, well, let's just say they believe that they are coming back again if they die and aren't as cautious as we in the west might think appropriate.

Then imagine one of your kids gets sick in the middle of the night and needs to get to a hospital. Only, you have no car that can take them. Instead you have to hire a truck and a driver to take you there, and back again later. This eats into your already very limited resources for basic things like food and water, not to mention medical bills.

Now imagine that one day one of your kids, on that road walking to school, is hit by a person on a motorcycle and has a broken arm. Now you have to hire a truck to get your child to a hospital, pay the medical bills and worry that someone will show up on your door and accuse you of negligence, since a child was injured in your care, and take away all your kids.

Except, we're not imagining anymore. This is real. A child really was hurt and this is a problem. The kids in the Charis Home walk to school every day on this road, and every day they are in danger of being hurt and everything we have worked so hard to build is in danger of dissolving if something bad happens to one of the kids. The government could just shut the home down.

We need a truck, something to use to drive the children safely to school, to haul rice, to get kids to the hospital. We can buy one for about $6000 US.
This has been a need for a long time, and we have been asking for help, but we haven't gotten very much response this time I'm afraid. So we're turning to you, dear internet, and all the people who are out there who care and can help spread the word.
It would be such an answer to prayer if when Aaron goes back to Thailand on June 15 he could take enough with him to purchase a truck, and end one of the biggest worries we have over the kids safety.

If you can give, please click the link.

(I know, how could this be safer? But it is. It's how everyone in Thailand gets around and it's way better than getting hit by a car. PS. These photos are from Aaron's last visit when he hired a truck for one day to drive the kids to school.)