Friday, November 20, 2009

Help For Two Little Angels

There is a lot of sadness and suffering in the world. And on some level, we mourn for all of it. But every now and then a story just grabs hold of your heart and won't let go. That's how it's been for me with Benson & Claire Skinner. My heart is especially tender for Claire, as the severity of her condition requires that she be on dialysis for 15 hours a day (3 hours in the hospital and then 12 more through the night at home). Sweet little Claire is waiting for a kidney/liver transplant and her family is raising money to help cover the costs.

I was linked to their blog by a good friend, with a plea for prayers. I clicked over, saw the pictures, read the stories, watched the video clips and my heart's been following this family ever since. I think, at least in part, I feel so deeply for them because Claire reminds me so much of my own little Lily - and the sadness just comes too close, goes too deep.

When I told Anne about them, we both agreed that we wanted to do something. Something a little bigger than ourselves. And so we come to you, dear friends, with a proposal.

Here's what we propose:

Online Silent Auction to be held at Bloom on December 10th - 13th. (Remember the incredible response at Design Mom for Stephanie & Christian Nielson? We're hoping (on a much smaller scale) to duplicate that kind of fund-raising effort).

Here's what we need:

Donations from you. Maybe you sew, or make jewelry, or create paper goods or mod-podged collages. Maybe you're a rockin' graphic designer and could auction a blog-makeover. Or custom Christmas Card Design. Maybe you are a photographer and could donate a shoot. Or a fine-art print. Maybe you don't do/have any of those things, but maybe you have a friend who does - tell them about the auction. Ask them to donate. Maybe you feel like you could auction off a few of your children's books. Maybe you have some other gift that you feel you could donate. If nothing else, maybe you could help us spread the word.

Whatever it is, e.mail us with details and hopefully we'll have a smashing auction here on the 10th. We felt this would be an ideal time of year to do this - everyone has Christmas shopping to do - what could be better than getting a little shopping done while helping a wonderful cause? And isn't this just the kind of thing that this season is/should be all about? Generosity. Compassion. Love.

If you would like to donate, please send us an auction-ready e.mail by Friday, December 4th (or sooner!) about what you'll be auctioning off. By auction-ready, we mean a complete description of the item up for bid, a starting bid, and pictures to go along. We will upload and format the posts and the auction will be held here at Bloom beginning on December 10th. All bidding will be done in the comment thread of the item up for bid. We'll post more details on the day of the auction. In the meantime, please feel free to leave a comment or e.mail with questions.
All payments will be made directly to Benson & Claire's COTA fund. 100% of proceeds will go directly to the Skinner family.

Please visit Benson & Claire at their blog, read about their condition, soak up a bit of their sweetness. And then think of a way you can help. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

-Em & Anne
aplacetobloom {at} gmail {dot} com

* Need a great roll recipe for Thanksiving? Anne's got your back...scroll down.


Barb @ getupandplay said...

I'm in- I will email you!

Abbie said...

I'll start thinking. Probably Mod Podging of sorts. That's all I do.:) This is so kind of you!

LJ said...

I think this is a wonderful idea and I definitely want to do something, but between now and December 10th is completely insane at my house. Would you be willing to do another auction in Jan or February? I think I could come up with something if I had a little more lead time! Thanks for doing this!

Jonesy said...

I'm with LJ. Jan or Feb would be much easier for me as well.

Emily Anne said...

I know it's a crazy time of year -- sorry for the timing! If you can do something, great. If not, hopefully we'll be able to host another auction early 2010 - that's a great idea.

Tamara said...

I'm also in. Give me a few days to come up with something, then I'll email you. This is such a wonderful opportunity.

Shelley said...

Perfect! I'll send you an email :)

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I'm in. I can offer a fine art photograph for auction.

Kate said...

Hey! Please add me to the list for January/February if you do one then.

~Katy Moss (katylmoss at gmail dot com)

The Vintage Vignette said...

I am so excited to be a participant for two reasons. One is because as an artist I am always looking for ways to share my art with the world and two, because my father also must endure hours of dialyses each day while he awaits a kidney transplant. Thank you for allowing me to participate. I have posted my father's story on my blog if you would like to read more:)

ChasingRays said...

hi, i just found this blog/auction today (monday the 7th) and it is past the 4th deadline, but I have an item in mind to donate to the auction. Is that still possible? Should I email you the info? Thanks

Best Penny Auction said...

A online penny auction website bid here on a desire product and win your product and save 60 % cash up to. The reversed auction site where you are looking for the lowest unique bid to win the auction. So what are you waiting for?

Online Penny Auction said...

ZuzuBid is New Penny Auction Website that offers Double Winner Penny Auction, Online Penny Bidding and really good discounts on brand new products. So Bid and Win Penny Auctions and save upto 90% on branded products like laptops, HD TVs, LCD TVs, Mobiles, Gadgets, Digital Cameras, Ipods and video game consoles etc.
Online New Penny Bidding Auctions

Online Auction | Online Shopping said...

Bid & Win up to 97.6% Savings on brand new products in online Unique Penny Bid Auctions.Bid brand new laptops,iPhones,LCD TVs,iPads,Gift Cards,Cameras and Gamming Cansole.We offer bargains on brand new high quality products.
Unique Penny Auction Online

GPS Tracking System said...

We are specialized in Advanced GPS Tracking Device including GPS Tracking System, GPS Fleet Tracking System, Real Time GPS Tracking and completing your requirement for Vehicle Tracking, Bike Tracking and Personal Tracking device at very affordable prices.
GPS Micro Tracker

Golden Jojoba Oil said...

We are the Manufacturers, Exporters and Suppliers of Jojoba Oil in India. Production of Natural and Refined Jojoba Oil is effective for your Hair and Skin. Jojoba Oil offers Moisturizing, Cleansing, Conditioning of your body. It is also used in baby care.

Jojoba Oil Manufacturer


Hey, you stated in a much more direct way what I was trying to communicate, thanks, I will recommend your site to my friends.

Jojoba India


Hey, you stated in a much more direct way what I was trying to communicate, thanks, I will recommend your site to my friends.

Jojoba India