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Letters from Santa benefits critically ill children. Any size donation is a generous one & will help ours be a triumphant event.

LETTERS FROM SANTA (personalized letters from Santa Claus sent to critically ill children to restore hope during the holidays). ****************************************************************

The HOPE:    Ideally, Christmas is a magical time of hope and joy for children, but it can be overwhelming for families facing critical illness or other life crises. I began this annual project to offer holiday support for such families, and as a means to rally community awareness around the organizations serving them.

The EVENT:   Together with a host of huge-hearted volunteers, we will spend an afternoon creating personalized letters from Santa Claus to be sent to the critically ill children (& siblings) served by "There With Care" and The Ronald McDonald Houses of Denver & Aurora.  In these colorful, customized letters, Santa praises the children's achievements and courage on their journey to recovery. It's a letter of love and support, a beacon of hope, & a reminder of everyday miracles. This year's 4th annual event will occur on Sunday, November 4th in Superior, CO.

The FUTURE:    The Letters from Santa program has been embraced beyond my wildest dreams. So, I am thrilled to announce that I am growing the program to be a nationwide service - with a 2013 goal of event workshops held in the communities we are serving around the country. To this end, I am beginning to work on non-profit status - and have recently been joined by Katie Selvage of Boulder, Colorado, who has a degree in Meeting & Event Management, a minor in Business Entrepreneurship, and a heart bigger than her ribcage.  I am so happy to have her on board, and look forward to many years of reaching out & digging in.

The NEED:    Each year the scope of our work increases, as does the overall cost -- so seeking donor support as a non-profit will be a great leap-forward. Until then, we are reaching out to family and friends to ask for a small donation to support our efforts. Truly, any size donation is a generous one, and will help make this a triumphant event. Donations will go to Leeward Writers Studio to support both event and letter production costs, as well as services for any additional charities who request our letters this season.

The ANGELS (trying to pass as everyday folks):    Check out  www.therewithcare.org   to learn more about the incredible caregivers and services that make "There With Care" one of the most heartfelt and munificent organizations of its kind.  I am awed by their everyday benevolence, and truly honored to know them. Also take a minute to read about all of the  families the amazing Ronald McDonald House charities serve every day at 310 locations worldwide: http://rmhc.org/.  

P.S.  These are tough economic times, so if the most you can give is a shout-out for our cause, we Thank You. Or if you are inclined to donate your time on November 4th, it will be a priceless contribution. **If you know of another organization or individual who might benefit from our special Letters or might be interested in our cause, please feel free to forward this link or contact me at jodee@jodeewrites.com.

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