My Red Letter Day

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This has been a red letter day for me.

Today I unveiled my new and improved charity website at, of course. The site has been reconstructed by Couchsurfing Ori Bengal while he has been having his first international experience in Costa Rica.

You may remember that my site was hacked this fall and the donation button page has been off the grid until today. Now, don’t stumble over each other to try out my new button. Take a number and go single file. Remember there are still 10 days left until Christmas.

As if that momentous occasion was not enough, I just received an email from Ezine saying that I have finally achieved Expert Writer status. This is not an easy accomplishment, or it hasn’t been for me. Let’s just say that I am learning HTML and still have a lot to learn. I have placed a placard on both my sites with this accomplishment. Now if I could just get them placed exactly how I wanted them. Oh well.

Some days when I go to bed and review my accomplishments, I am doing good to be able to say I worked on my blogs. Tonight I am going to be able to count two real blessings.

To get a hold of Ori to help you with your website, please contact him through his site at

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Raising Money for a Charity a Penny at a Time

Twenty years ago one Christmas I was very encouraged by the way our small town spread Christmas cheer. I have a Christmas tradition that I give something to baby Jesus for his birthday and it can’t be something easy to do or done once.

That Christmas I decided to keep the Christmas Spirit going in town all year long. I put Christmas Spirit jars in about 10 small stores and asked people to drop their spare change in the jar to do so.

Each month I went to each store, counted the pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters and occasional dollar. If the store was a grocery store, I bought flour, rice and beans there. If it wasn’t a grocery store, I used the money I collected and shopped at one of the Christmas jar stores. Then I took the food to either the Welfare Lady or the Food Pantry. Every month I sent out thank you notes with the amount that I had collected from each store. I kept records of each stores’ take and receipts from where I took the food, just in case Uncle Sam came calling.

At the end of the 13th month I stopped the collection. People had given over $500 in small change.

I have discovered something similar using Twitter. It’s a site called HelpAttack! Users can pledge an amount of money for each action they take on Twitter and then give it to their favorite nonprofits.

The staff of HelpAttack! have thousands of causes and you can find one for anything you feel strongly about. The coins are earned for certain actions you take in the HelpAttack! system, like signing up or giving to a certain kind of nonprofit. You will pay for your donations at the end of a cycle, usually a month, with either Visa or Mastercard credit cards. The minimum donation is $10.

Now my charity is in need and could use your help, but so could your favorite charity and here is a simple way to help out. After all ’tis the season and a good time to start your own holiday tradition. The website to check out is

Books from that bring the Christmas spirit into your home include:

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New2Need To The Rescue

mother and children

New2Need is a small charity that helps people in Tarrant County Texas.

Here are some stories of people the charity has aided.

A woman with two children had some difficulties with utilities a few years ago. Her husband was cooking with a long extension cord and their 18 month old pulled scalding food on top of herself.  The baby was burned over 40 % of her body.  She is now 5 years old and requires surgery in Galveston twice a week to help her scalp grow.  The woman is homeschooling both this child and a 10 year old daughter.  The husband had moved out and has been largely unhelpful, giving the mother a few dollars here and there.

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New2Need assisting people in Tarrant County

1967 Elcona Mobile Home

Image via Wikipedia, a small charity in Tarrant County, has helped people in that area during their times of need. Here are some of these people’s stories.

A woman, 50 years old, had a car accident which totaled her car. She was in the hospital for a month including rehabilitation.  She is divorced and living in a mobile home.  She needed transportation to the hospital and a ramp to get down from the mobile home in her wheel chair.  She also needed help with her utilities.  We suggested two agencies that build ramps, people who could take her to the hospital and one place for help with her utilities.  We spoke to her four months later. She has a new car and is able to get around without her wheel chair, walker or cane.

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New2Need Charity helps people in Tarrant County

new2need logo, a small charity in Tarrant County, has helped people in that area during their times of need. Here are some of these people’s stories.

A woman and her 11-year-old daughter lived in an apartment complex. Section 8 paid rent, but she was responsible for the electricity. The woman suffered from major depression and agoraphobia. She recently had hernia, gall bladder and appendix surgery.  She received under $200 a month from TANF and her ex-husband was in jail and could not pay child support. She was unable to pay her electric bill for a few months and she needed over $1000 to turn it back on. Winter had come on. She had called 14 agencies, public, private and churches without anyone being able to help. New2Need’s phone number was given to her as a last resort. The charity put out an email to the charity’s networks and was able to get her the money she needed to have her electricity turned back on. One of the agencies this family worked with was the Tarrant County Housing Partnership at

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