Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Great Givers: Winner #3

Here is our final entry...can you handle another one? They are ALL so wonderful don't you think? Amazing the kindness still in this world.  Okay grab another tissue...

Winner #3 wrote me an email describing her Great Give:
I just discovered your beautiful blog and I am so happy I did. It feels so good to be here and look at all of your beautiful and inspiring posts...

This challenge is absolutely amazing! 
I would have never thought of something like this and that's why I am so happy there are people (like you) in this world, who do.  Only reading about this makes me happy and grateful.

Of course I immediately started to think about something good to do.
At the moment, I am staying in a clinic because of a few problems that came into my life.
I am living there with other people in one house and they're all having their own personal problems. You can imagine the 'vibe' in this house isn't always positive. Lots of people are depressed, don't know what to do with their lives and they are just sad most of the time.
Although I am there to solve my own problems, it's very important to me to do something for the people who have an even harder time than me. I want to make them happy, even if it's just for a few minutes.

So, I started baking pies, brownies, muffins etc. for everyone in the house and we eat the baked things after dinner. All of them really like it, I just see their smiles when they eat the pie and they really enjoy sitting together and eat something sweet.
I know it's just a very little something, but I just wanted to tell you (like you already said yourself) that small things like this really can make a (small) difference.

Also, I just started volunteering at a school, when the children have their lunchtime and eat and play outside at the schoolyard. It's so great to listen to the stories of these kids and to cuddle a kid that feels sad or is bullied.

Well, I think it wasn't actually meant to write this in the comments, but I am not sure yet whether I should post this on my own blog, because the first thing is rather personal and I am just not sure yet.  But I am glad that I could share it here with you.

This lucky giver is taking home the following prizes:

  • a Capture Life necklace from Cinnamon Sticks Boutique
  • Life is Like Riding a Bicycle Print from vol. 25
  • 100 custom holiday cards from Paper and Ink
  • Scalloped Clip Board with photo print from Skippy Designs
  • Three spools of Divine Twine in your choice of colors
  • An illustrated card set from City of Dionne
  • Lost Photo Print from Hilary Upton
  • Anchors Away Dress from Shabby Apple
  • Your very own custom monogram from Creative Montage
  • A set of handcrafted butterfly note cards from Art of Paper
  • A pretty scarf from Ruche
  • Whisper Ferns Notecard set and Wolfie Sentiments Card from Pearl & Marmalade
  • Numbers! Numbers! Limited edition letterpress print from Pearl & Marmalade

  • A huge, huge thank you to all of the sponsors of The Great Give.  Clearly I couldn't have done it without you all.  Please visit their shops if you are still looking for that perfect Christmas gift.  Or heck, visit them anyway just because they are so great!

    And thanks again to ALL of you who participated...I've been inspired by the greatness you've given.


    1. Oh yay! Congrats! And I agree, baked goods certainly do warm the heart, and eating together really brings about community and love.

    2. What a great personal story, and how wonderful she found her own way to give something special to the rest of the group she's with! Yay for people like you who give people a chance to be rewarded for their good-doing ;)

    3. Aren't all the stories great?
      I loved reading each and every one.

      Gratefully yours,

      { Lindsey }


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