Summer can be a busy time for most of us. Usually we're focused on having fun, doing what we want to do and making the most of our carefree, sunny days. Helping out those in need or thinking about charity sort of falls off the radar until the holiday season comes around again. Last week I shared a free ornament pattern to get the "Christmas in July" mood flowing. Now I'm working on the holiday giving aspect too. Christmas is when we feel most charitable, right?
Balsam Hill, the makers of beautiful artisan artificial trees, wreaths and decorations, helps fund those in need throughout the year. I've partnered with Balsam Hill's Christmas in July Charity Event to help raise funds for a charity that has personal meaning to me: The National Stroke Association.
My grandparents had just retired when my grandfather suffered his first massive stroke. It wasn't long after my first birthday. He had numerous recurrent strokes over the following years. He was left permanently paralyzed and unable to walk, talk or write and it dramatically changed life for our entire family for over a decade. Some of my earliest memories are of trying to re-teach him to write and talk as I was learning how myself. The National Stroke Association didn't exist back then and there wasn't much in the way of technology, therapy, medication or emotional support to help stroke victims and their families. Through our experience, I know how important advancements in those areas are, as well as being able to connect with others and educating the public about stroke.
|Me & my grandpa post-stroke|
100% of the donations on my fundraising page will go to The National Stroke Association. The best part is Balsam Hill will be matching all donations up to $1,000! This means every dollar contributed will get a matching dollar from Balsam Hill for The National Stroke Association.
And as a thank you for giving...
- Anyone who donates $5 will be entered for a chance to win a full set of Balsam Hill's new 2014 Mistletoe and Holly ornaments!
- For a donation of $25 or more, you will receive an exclusive surprise ornament from the Mistletoe and Holly collection. This collection doesn't premiere until September so it's a chance to get one before they're available to buy.
|Some of the not-yet-released 2014 Mistletoe and Holly Ornaments from Balsam Hill|
To make a donation to my fundraiser, find out how to spread the word and learn more about The National Stroke Association, just visit my IndiGoGo page:
Thanks so much for your support in something that means a lot to me & to others who could really use help overcoming stroke!