The Holidays—A Perfect Time to Give

I normally don’t blog on Thursdays; actually, this is only my second Thursday post ever—who says I’m a creature of habit?

Anyway, a few weeks ago, my friend and fellow writer Rhonda Hopkins asked if I would like to write a guest post about my favorite charity and participate in her Authors Give Back blog series.  How does one say no?

Over the years, I have contributed both time and money to multiple charities.  Most of the time when there’s a 5K walk to support a cause, I sign up.  When I lived in Lubbock, I served the local American Diabetes Association chapter as a board member and assisted with one of the largest walks in the country—a stat we were all so very proud of, considering Lubbock, Texas’s population is just around 200,000.

Anyone who knows me knows that sick children and abused animals tug at my heartstrings.  So, despite how much so many different charitable organizations mean to me, I knew immediately which one I’d choose for Rhonda’s blog series:

Please be sure to stop by my guest post at Rhonda’s blog today and share with us how you find the resources to give back.

And, thank you Rhonda for this opportunity to showcase St. Jude Children’s Hospital… and Football Sweetheart!

Friday FabOoolousness – 7X7 Link Love

A few weeks ago, Angela R. Wallace graciously awarded me the 7X7 Link Award.

Thank you, Angela!

Angela released a new e-book this week titled Elemental Magic.  Congratulations!  Please stop by and check out one of Angela’s books today by clicking here!

With the 7X7 award, the recipient selects seven previous blog posts that represent certain categories before finally passing the award on to seven new awardees.

Most Beautiful – Paradise in the Florida Keys.  This was the first vacation we had taken in a while, and the pictures alone take me back to paradise.  Pina Colada, anyone?  I’ll take two.

Most Helpful – The DVR Priorities of Casa Blanca.  Everyone wonders how I watch as much television as I do, well now they know!  The DVR might just be the best invention ever…

Most Popular The Kiss and Kill Murder.  The story of Betty and Mack continues to get blog hits every single week.  I’ve received blog comments from current and former Odessa High Students.  To everyone who has shared their memories of the two, thank you.

From “Washed in the Blood” p. 84, 2004, Bristol Publishing Company

Most Controversial The Kiss and Kill Murder.  I specifically steer away from controversial blog topics, however if I had to choose, the story of Betty and Mack would probably also be the most controversial.  Not everyone remembers the author’s story the way he tells it, and to each his own.

Most Surprisingly SuccessfulMTV’s Joining the Party and TV with Bite: The Bad Boys.  Apparently, viewers love the supernatural, especially when we publish pictures of some of TV’s hottest vampire men.

Most UnderratedThe Tamberny Award Show (part one and two).  Preparing for this award show required a ton of work – Amber and I went back and forth, over and over again, generating conversation pieces for each of the televised nomination categories.  I couldn’t have done this post without her – Amber is the Sean to my Gus, the Siskel to my Ebert, or vice versa – she can be whichever one of these power duos she wishes.

Most PrideworthyThe Go Without Game.  Going without a luxury item and giving back to those in need…need I say more?  Again, all the credit for this fabOoolous game goes to Amber West.  She started it, and we can only hope to continue.

Keeping with tradition, the below bloggers deserve and earn the 7X7 award.  Not everyone always feels like participating in blog awards; and no worries if that is indeed the case.  Regardless, I want to select seven fabOoolous bloggers to receive this award.  These writers have a plethora of fabOoolous blog topics published over the past few months and I would love to see what they consider to be their Mosts.

  1. Catie Rhodes
  2. Stacy Green
  3. Andrew Mocete
  4. Jillian Dodd
  5. Ellie Soderstrom
  6. Ashley Prince
  7. Kathy Owen

Of course, an award presentation wouldn’t be complete without including my partner in crime, Amber West.  Amber already shared her Mosts with the blogosphere, so please click here and take a look at her selections.

And, let’s not forget Angela Wallace’s Mosts here.

Taking a page from my dear friend Jenny Hanson, who in turn took a page out of Chuck Wendig’s book, now it’s time to Pimp It, Pimp it Real Good.

Pimp another’s blog or promote one of your own.  Tell us which of the Mosts apply:   Beautiful, Helpful, Popular, Controversial, Surprisingly Successful, Underrated, and/or Prideworthy.   I’d love to hear from you!

Friday FabOoolousness – The Go Without Game

Usually my Friday posts are reserved for movies, books, sports, vacations, and favorite things; but today I’m breaking away from the norm.  What else is Ooo Factor worthy?  Philanthropy. 

My great friend and Wednesday writing partner, Amber West, decided a few weeks ago to start a new kind of blogging game.  It’s simple: she’s encouraging the rest of us to give something up in order to give back to the community – the Go Without game.   

I agree with Amber that the economy has taken a toll on a lot of us.  While it may be difficult to think about making any sort of monetary donation right now, look at it this way: what can we give up, in order to give back?

Step one – Choose something to go without 

I won’t begin to speak for others, but the list of items that I would consider giving up for a week includes Starbucks, Sonic, Barnes and Noble, and Rosa’s Cafe (my West and North Texas friends know that giving up Rosa’s would be a real sacrifice). 

What will I give up?  My weekly writing reward purchase of a half a dozen delicious treats from Sugar Queen Cupcakes

No Cream Cheese Lime or Berry Pecan for me this weekend!

Step two – Decide which charity to donate to

There are so many charities out there for us to choose from.  Amber has put together a list of charities that accept text donations to keep it super easy for us:

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital:
Text KIDS to 27722 to give $10

Susan G. Komen – Breast Cancer:
Text KOMEN to 90999 to give $10

Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
:
Text HIVFREE to 90999 to donate $5

The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children: Text NYSPCC to 50555 to donate $10

The list doesn’t stop here!

Jillian Dodd is giving up Chick-Fil-A for a week and is sending her donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Way to go, Jill! 

Stacy Green is giving up her afternoon coke (or soda for those of you outside Texas) and is sending her donation to the American Diabetes Association.  There’s a bit of poetry here, Stacy!  

Andrea S. Michaels is giving up pizza and is donating her money to Save a Jaguar.   I adore cats, Andrea, and your generosity melted my heart.

Who will I give to?  St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Why St. Jude’s?  St. Jude Children’s Hospital does not deny service to any child, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.  They continuously strive to research preventions, cures, and treatments for all diseases plaguing our children. 

I’ve always held a special place in my heart for St. Jude’s, and this is why I am donating $10 via their online donation center

Step three: Link your blog

Link your blog below and join the others participating in Amber’s Go Without game.   The linky tool will be active for a month, so there’s plenty of time to join.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

If you don’t blog, don’t worry!  Anyone can participate in giving back.  Leave a comment below and let us know how you will play the Go Without game.    

Amber also set up the hashtag #gowithout in Twitter for those of us twittering around the Twitterverse.  Come tweet and tell us what you’re giving up and which wonderful charity will get a donation from you! 

THANK YOU, Amber.  Your Go Without game only goes to show what a wonderful person you are and I’m proud to call you my friend.

Will you join us in the Go Without game?  What will you give up?  Which charity will you choose to donate your money to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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