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A very special event to benefit the critically ill children (and siblings) of the "There With Care" organization. A gift of hope for X-Mas.

Ideally, Christmas is a time of hope and joy for children, but it can be utterly overwhelming for families facing critical illness. Which is why I began this annual benefit through my company, Leeward Writers Studio, as a support for the families served by "There With Care" (an amazing Boulder-based non-profit organization), and as a means to rally community awareness around families in crisis.

Together with my husband, and a host of huge-hearted volunteers, we spend an afternoon creating personalized letters from Santa Claus to be sent to the critically ill children (& siblings) served by "There With Care". In the letters, Santa praises their achievements and courage on their journey to recovery. It's a letter of love and support, and a reminder of everyday miracles. This year's 3rd annual event will occur on Sunday, November 13th in Superior, CO.
Before I began writing these letters for charity, I wrote and sold them commercially thru Leeward Writers Studio. From the start, the feedback from parents was jaw-dropping in its emotional gratitude. I quickly realized that the letters were much more to these children than just a wink from the big guy. As it turns out, the message delivered by Santa is as memorable as any gift under the tree (sound the trumpet and score one for "goodness sake"!).

The BIG IDEA: And then I met Dana Bacardi, a recipient of my commercial Santa Letters & the Development Director of There With Care....and we got to thinking...What if these letters were written for and donated to children in search of renewed hope; children who long to sit for a bit in a place of true joy?

...And so, laying a finger aside of my nose and giving a nod the idea arose: Letters from Santa; Gift of Hope.

As many of you probably know, my Husband and I have underwritten this event and service for the past 2 years. Each year the scope increases, as does the overall cost..which is why we are reaching out to Family and Friends to ask for a small donation. The cost of stationary, envelopes, print toner, postage, web development, and other necessities adds-up quickly.  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   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 honored to know them.
Many, Many Thanks,
~Jodee Spalding

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 13th, 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
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