Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Giving Thanks.

"Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.' ~Khalil Gibran

 A month ago I sent out an email to bloggers, friends and family asking them to donate to an amazing program that helps Girls escape sex trafficking and start a new life (GEMS). I thought it would be nice to just extend the invitation to share the many blessing that we've been given with others, but in all honesty I didn't expect many to help. I knew the handful of people that would and I was okay with that.  I was VERY wrong, of the 30+ people I sent the email to more than half responded and helped. I was blown away.

Let me explain, it's not that I think people are selfish and don't want to help but because I'm the kind of person that just doesn't depend on others to get things done. So even when I include others I will usually place that in the back of my mind and just take it all on myself. It took everything in my being to send emails with details, follow up emails with reminders of deadlines etc...but I did it and it paid off. With the help of so many of you, we were able to donate at least two of everything on their list and tons of clothes to help the girls transition. Here are a few snap shots (there was so much more my office mates can attest to how crazy it got).

A few of the things we collected.
First off I would like to thank the people that donated.

* Arie Rich of KMP, I've met a lot of bloggers but no one is as generous and kind hearted as you are. Many Thanks!

* My Girl BranBogs of The Chic Factory. I wish you had time to have brunch when we linked up but there are many days to come!

*Divas and Dorks, I know you're schedule is busy and I appreciate you taking the time to meet me.

* MissHartNYC of O So Chic You took time on your birthday to make sure I got your donations and I thank you. My biceps thank you to because I carried all of them into the city no need to work out. 

*Glennisha from Glennisha the writer I can't express how thankful I am to have met you. Too often you don't find people on the same page as you and when you do it's a great thing. the donation plus the conversation brightened my day. 

*OnlyoneDivaDee from Diva Dee's discussions The laughs, the donation all awesome. 

*TeritaTweets from  REAL LIFE! Next time we are having lunch and it will be an anti-paleo wonderful time. Damn meetings! Oh how could I forget how you have kept me from going off on others in this month. Thank You!  

*Julia from REAL LIFE! Not only did we have a hilarious conversation your donations were awesome. 

* Michele from REAL LIFE! I haven't seen you in almost a year but when I needed you, you were there. You're a great friend and I am lucky to have you in my life.

*Naimah2U Brooklyn's own and someone I consider a friend. You're one of the few that just get me. Thank You! 

*Two newbies the ladies of TheAFLife.com, Thank you for your donation.

And those of you that encouraged me through all of this.

* Coogie Cruz from "The Love of Art and War" Word can't express how much I love you. If it wasn't for you I might not have made it up there to deliver things. More importantly your constant words of encouragement kept me on course. Love ya Chi-Chi

*TheJadedNyer . A lot of people owe you their lives and they don't even know it. All the silly conversations, text messages and emails were blessings (even that old sappy one that made me cry on the street) and I thank you. The Empire will be great. 

*Smarty's World, That last conversation we had mannnnnn!! I can't explain how much your words meant to me that night, you're constant encouragement to be great (outside the office) means the world to me. 

*Bangs and a Bun, You only typed a few lines to address my moment of weakness but at that moment it felt like a novel. 

LASTLY my buddy Nadine from High school. It's been 19 years but when we met it felt like we were hanging out between classes. That's AMAZING, and I am so happy to have you back in my life. 

The entire project came together thanks to the ladies of GEMS, specifically this woman. I won't post her name because I wouldn't want my named posted just anywhere but she was the guiding light through it all. I hope the girls have an amazing Christmas party and I'll be in touch. 
Special shout outs to CleoSunshine and Shelly Shell, the Spring will be here before you know it and you're first on my contact list! 

GEMS accepts donations all year long so you don't have to wait for my next step to donate! Give of your heart!


Smarty P. Jones said...

I'm so proud of what you've already done for these girls. Whether they know it or not, they now have an ally in the relentless warrior we all know as F$%k It List.

You are such an inspiration to these girls and to so many of us. Hats off to you lady!

divadeesdiscussions said...

I'm glad that I discovered your cause and will continue to contribute when I can year round! Thank you for the exposure and for doing what you do to make this all possible!

Mommy Lisa said...

how COOL!