Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Santa's Gifts

I hope this finds everyone relishing this year's Christmas memories.  Our Christmas was fabulous!  There is nothing like experiencing it through the eyes of a child.  Santa truly comes to life through their smiles and excitement.  Today, the kids and I, are taking a much needed breather and relaxing on the couch watching some of the Christmas programs that we hadn't made it to yet and figuring out some of the new toys and games.  I love it and am so grateful that I don't have to head back to work until tomorrow night. 

I got to play Santa not only for my children this year, but also two of the waiting families.  They were each given $500 to their individual family's Lifesong fund raising accounts.  I was instructed by their anonymous donor to send them their "gift" on Christmas Eve.  What a joyous email to send!!!  I loved it!

Another first occurred today.  One of the faithful supporters of Altynai's Fund started a string on Facebook.  It is the first time that I haven't been the initiator and I loved it.  Thank you Lisa!!! I suspect that it will be a quiet week on the blog but I guess you never know.  Perhaps there are some readers who will be interested in making a year end donation to the Fund.  I have learned over time that I have to have very reasonable expectations.  The events that I think will move people to donate don't.  For example, PODCAST - no donations.  Marketing seminar - no donations.  Yet, when I least expect it, a donation will arrive!  When I think back on it,  they are often timed with periods of frustration.  They pick me up and spur me on.  2012 is just around the corner and I am starting to mull over some new fund raising ideas.  I seem to have the best luck when there is some sort of incentive associated with the donation so there will be a few of those to come, especially now that donations can come in directly to Lifesong for Orphans.   If anyone, has any new and exciting ideas, please let me know.  

1 comment:

  1. I'm still pressing all of my connections and foreign diplomats...I'm sorry that I couldn't help you...Lisa H.