Hey CCL-ers! For those of you who might be coming into this late, I'd like to tell you a little about a little Christmas project that's become very near and dear to our hearts and yours.
My youngest son was born with Down's Syndrome and had open heart surgery at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital when he was just 2 weeks old. This hospital did an amazing job and to this day, I'm incredibly thankful and grateful to the Vanderbilt staff for everything they did and the care and love they showed our family.
In 2008, I found a Christmas tree at a local children's playcenter that was looking for donations for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital and to my surprise, there were no gifts under the tree. I found this unacceptable and took it upon myself to adopt the tree. I asked the CCL membership for monetary donations to purchase items they were asking for on the tree and in 4 days, we raised almost $400...and due to the tenacity and goodwill of the membership, here we are five years later and due to the request of YOU guys, we are going to do it again.CCL's 5th ANNUAL MARATHON TOY DRIVE begins TODAY and runs through midnight DECEMBER 7th, 2012.
Here's how it works and how you can help:
A) Send a monetary donation of ANY amount (preferably $10 or more) through PAYPAL to: CCL4KIDS@MIDTENMEDIA.COM
. 100% of your donation will go to purchasing items directly from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Wish List
. These items will be purchased by me and delivered by me directly to the doors of Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on December 13th at 11am.
Again, please note that I DO NOT KEEP ONE PENNY OF YOUR DONATED MONEY and all of your donations will go towards buying items for the hospital.
B) You can send donation items directly to our office via mail:CCL MARATHON TOY DRIVE
c/o The Valiant One
131 Sanders Ferry Rd
Please note if you go this route that your items MUST be received NO LATER than December 7th, 2012. You can review the Vanderbilt Wish List
and see for yourself what they are asking for. PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMICS OR ACTION FIGURES!!!
The list contains more basic needs to accomodate children in need of a potential lengthy hospital stay.
C) You can also help by simply spreading the word by posting on your Facebook page, website, podcast, blog or whatever you can do to help get the word out.
Every year, I try to push our goal a little higher than the year before...so this year, our goal is $800
This year, we will be combining the CCL GIVEAWAY CONTEST with the MARATHON TOY DRIVE. Watch this thread for more information on the prize.
Remember...it was YOU...the membership...that asks me every year to do the contest a little earlier AND really aim high. So that's what I'm doing this year. I'm counting on YOU to really make our FIFTH year of doing this the best year yet.
If anyone has any questions/comments suggestions, please feel free to post them here OR send them directly to me directly through private message. You can also e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and let the fun begin! Merry Christmas, God Bless and let's get started!!!