Monday, December 10, 2007

Christmas Cheer Challenge

***Now Closed***

A regular reader -- we'll call her Mary-- emailed me yesterday to ask if I would post a link to her ebay auction for a broken down Chevy Lumina. She's trying to sell the van in order to buy Christmas gifts for her daughters. Now I know Mary and I know a little bit about her situation. She's a single mother with four girls ages 12, 10, 7, and 5. This has been a particularly hard year for the family and it has left them with nothing with which to celebrate Christmas. Many of the gifts her children want are basic necessities like winter boots and warm pajamas, but sadly, Mary finds she just can't meet these needs.

Well, I don't know how much my link will help Mary to sell her van and so, with her permission, I've decided to do a little something more. Welcome to the...

Christmas Cheer Challenge.

It's a fun and simple game and it's played like this...

1. You make a donation in any amount using the Paypal "Donate" button in my sidebar. You can donate one dollar, two dollars, five, ten, twenty or more. You decide. The dollar amount is entirely up to you.

2. Leave your name in the comment box of this post for a chance to win your choice of one of three great prizes (the prize is my donation to the Christmas Cheer Challenge)...
The Starbucks Collection for coffee fans.
The Chocolate Tower for chocolate lovers.

Or the Christmas Cheer Basket.

There is no limit to number of times you donate and every time you give, you earn another chance to win-- just leave your name in the comment box once for each time you donate. You decide how much you donate, you decide how many chances you want to earn, and if you win--you choose your prize. You really can't lose. Remember to show your Christmas spirit and above all, have fun!

As the week goes by, I'll write the names that appear in this comment box on paper straw and place them in our wooden manger. On Friday, December 14th at 12:00 noon my youngest son, Nicholas, will draw one winner. There will be ONE winner and that winner will choose ONE of the three great prize options above.

All funds donated will be given to Mary in the form of a gift certificate to a department store where she will be able to buy some much needed clothing items and a few simple toys for her daughters this Christmas.

So, what are you waiting for? Play now, have fun, and spread a little Christmas Cheer!


No purchase necessary to participate.

74 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anne Kline

Sue B. said...

Count me in: Susan Brennan

Mary, God bless you and your daughters! And Merry Christmas!

Jennifer said...

Jennifer Martin :-)

Lindy said...

Lindy Meyer

God Bless you & your family. We too have 4 daughters, but also 2 sons. We have lots of clothes in boxes, can we share or is there something in particular you could use? If so, email me at tonylindymeyer@sbcglobal.net.

Frankie said...

Thanks for a chance to be a help to someone.
Frankie Miller

Jill said...

Jill Brown
(donation made under my husband's account)
Thanks for doing this, Suzanne. I hope it helps this family.

elainej said...

Here's hoping Mary's family has a blessed Christmas. Thank you, Suzanne.

Elaine J.

~~~anonymous said...

Suzanne -
Thanks for the opportunity to help. If I win, plz give the mother her choice of the prize options. Thanks, again. ~~~mary

Ann said...

Ann Hubsch

southernlady said...

Margaret Hunt

I regularly read yours and your sister's blogs. Thanks for the opportunity to help.

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

I'm in.
Mary Ellen Barrett

Mary Ellen Barrett said...

And again. I hope they all can get cool winter boots!

nicole said...

I gave a bit. Of course wish I could give more. I hope this is successful and these kids are given a great Christmas.

Linda said...

Suzanne,
Thank you for doing this. It is wonderful to help. I pray they
are able to get everything they need.

Anonymous said...

God Bless!
Annette Altamirano

Molly Smith said...

Merry Christmas to all!

Love,
Molly Smith

Cmerie said...

I'm in!
Candice Hines

Marianne said...

Thanks for doing this. Count me in!

Marianne

Juliet said...

Merry Christmas!!

Juliet MacDonald

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this. Count me in.
Theresia
therescott@valkyrie.net

gretchen from lifenut said...

What a great idea, Suzanne.

Gretchen W. (bossy_sprocket)

Anonymous said...

Maureen Palmerini
mrpalmerini@yahoo.com

Merry Christmas!
How nice of you to do this for your friend. I hope you have a great response!
God bless-

Anonymous said...

Heather Viz
heatherviz@hotmail.com

Jen said...

I'll donate to help.

Jennifer Higdon

Anonymous said...

I'm in. What a great way to spread a little Christmas cheer. Thanks for letting me do my part! Nikki
p.s. like the other anon, if I win I would like to donate my prize to the mom, too.

Gretchen said...

Gretchen Peters
gertyp at sbcglobal dot net
www.simonpeters.org

Thanks for doing this--I hope you raise enough to buy fun stuff for the family too!

rachel said...

rachel rimmer

Barb, sfo said...

Barb Szyszkiewicz
(really, that is NOT a typo!)
Merry Christmas!

Allegiance Mom said...

Mary Ann Bernard

Ann Horan said...

Hey Suzanne,
It is so great that you can do this sort of thing. Thanks for taking the time.
Ann

Sheila said...

Merry Christmas to all! Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose

Anonymous said...

How can I not give?
Every little bit counts.
Donna K.

Anonymous said...

if i happen to win, i will donate that prize too like few others

Pax thru JMJ

Beck said...

Okey dokey. I've donated and my name is Rebecca... you know the rest, right? And if not, you can email me and I'll tell you there.
And Suzanne, this is SO kind of you. You are a good, good woman.

Suzanne said...

What a great opportunity to help out!

Thanks,
Suzanne Maloney

Anonymous said...

Martha Duncan, happy to help!

Snowboards N Stuff said...

I like the idea of giving the gift to Mary if I win the raffle - so please do that if I win the prize.

God Bless You!

RPH said...

God Bless !!

+RPH

Cyd said...

What a wonderful idea - God Bless!

Cindy said...

We just left a donation. May God bless Mary and her family. If your son picks our name, please let Mary have our prize. Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for helping this wonderful family. If my name is drawn, please give the gift to Mary - we certainly have plenty here!! - Monica Duvall

Jenny said...

I donated yesterday but didn't want to win the prize, so didn't comment... it never occurred to me to preemptively donate the prize to Mary! So I'm chiming in and saying "give it to her!" if I win.

Jenny

Goslyn said...

What a lovely Christmas gift you are raising here. You can donate my chance to win, too.

Nan said...

Been on the receiving end of love and charity..thank you for doing this. If I win, Mary's choice. Take the coffee, Mary! It's cold in Canada!

Lori Beth said...

What you are doing is so wonderul. I hope this family has a very Merry Christmas now. What a great way to give during the holiday season

Lori Roselli

Lori Beth said...

PS Give our prize to Mary if our name is chosen. God Bless

M. Alexander said...

Mary Alexander

Jamie said...

PS If my name is drawn, please give my prize to yourself Suzanne all you've started!!!
Jamie Austad

Jen said...

Jen Cabaniss

Thanks for doing this Suzanne. Merry Christmas!

ABG said...

Count me in too.. And if my name is chosen pls give my winnings to the family.

ABG

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us help.
Love,
The Sullivan Family

mommy2many@comcast.net

Donna Howey said...

Merry Christmas, Suzanne! God's blessings to your family.

Anonymous said...

Please give the gift to Mary if you pull my name.
Merry Christmas!
J Chunta

Jane Ramsey said...

I hope Mary and her girls have a very blessed Christmas!
(My donation is under my real name).
Jane

Karen E. said...

Oh, Suzanne, what a great idea! I love the others' idea of donating the prize to the mom, so please do that for me, too, if my name is drawn. Prayers for you and your sweet girls, Mary!

Mama Lux said...

God's face is shining on us all for this worthy cause. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Robin Lux

The Bookworm said...

I donated twice as I forgot I was giving dollars not pounds. Please put Mary's name into the manger for two chances ;). Thank you for letting us help.

Len & Heather said...

What a great idea!!! I donated but please give my chance to Mary Ellen Barrett. Thanks!!!
Blessings,
Heather - Doodle Acres

Anonymous said...

Mary.

Harbinger said...

I would also like to donate to Mary her choice of prizes if I should win.

Janet Morrissey

Amanda said...

Please donate the prize to Mary, if you draw my name.

Amanda

Lady Hatton said...

Happy to help. I like Amanda's idea, so if I win, donate the prize to Mary. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Kathleen Boyer

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

Please donate the prize to Mary should I win.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and God Bless Mary and her family.

Soutenus said...

My name is Margaret Cortez and if I win please give the gift to Mary.
We have been on the receiving end and it feels so wonderful to be able to give something back. What a cool way to do this!
God bless!

Melissa Wiley said...

What a great idea, Suzanne. You rock!

Ruth said...

sending a big hug and lots of Hope!

guitarnan said...

Ooops, almost forgot to leave a comment!

Nancy Parode

http://kathleenmiller.typepad.com said...

Suzanne,

I would love to help this struggling family receive some joy this Christmas.

Kathy

lfreece said...

A friend of mine on another list told us about this. I have been in a situation very similar to hers and gladly help her and her girls.

Linda

Michele Quigley said...

Suzanne you're a gem of a friend. Count me in!

Anonymous said...

I hope they have a beautiful, blessed Christmas!

Sara Boyle

Diane said...

Last minute, as usual. :) May you and Mary and your families all enjoy a happy and holy Christmas season. If I should happen to win, please give the prize to Mary. God bless you, Suzanne!

Theresa said...

Oh! I think I made in in time to add my little bit!
Please donate the prize to Mary if I win!