Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Success! and other thoughts about fundraisers

First off, I want to apologize for the delay in posting.  I know a lot of people are wanting to know how the Garage and Bake Sale went.  Amazingly, I have been pretty busy since the sale.  Busy, that is, in mito terms.  In other words, I have been using my spoons on other things and have not had any left over to post on my blog.

So, to answer everyone's question... The sale was a huge success!!!  I am so happy.  We reached AND exceeded our goal.  We will have enough money for the chair I want as well as our trip to Chicago for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation symposium in June. 

We had a great turnout for the sale.  The weather was wonderful.  As my husband has pointed out, we haven't had 3 great weather days this spring yet, let alone 3 in a row.  It was not to hot, not too cold, and we didn't have a lick of rain.  I am so thankful for that as I'm sure it really helped with our great turnout.  I also received multiple donations via this website, check, and cash.  We made over $2K at the sale alone!!!!

I could not have done it without all of your help!  I am SO thankful for everyone who donated.  That includes everyone who donated money, baked goods, stuff to sell in the garage sale, and their time to help with the sale.  We had so much stuff to sell in the sale that we could barely find a place to put everything.  We had LOTS of clothes, furniture, home decor, tons of toys, 5 lawnmowers (which all sold, thanks to my hubby), electronics, and a bunch of brand new items as well.  In addition to that, we had lots of yummy baked goods that sold fast!  We had sold them all by Saturday morning.  We also had a lot of great people who helped with the sale.  My oldest daughter, Kylie, even stayed home from school on Thursday to help, and she was a HUGE help.  I was so proud of how hard she worked.  We could not have done it without everyone's help! 


Something that has been on my mind a lot, and has completely amazed me, is who has helped and who hasn't.  There are so many people that I have never met or only met once or twice who helped.  I was so amazed that some of my friends from my past came out of the woodwork to help.  A short story...  I was resting in the house for awhile during the sale (as I had to do quite often).  My good friend, who was helping run the sale, came in and told me that my friend, Cory, was there.  My response was, "I don't have a friend named Cory".  My husband then came in and told me his last name and I was completely shocked!  Cory is an old friend of mine who I haven't seen since high school or maybe a year after.  That was 14 years ago!  He was on leave from the military and made it a point to come out to the sale to see me and make a donation.  That was so awesome.  The wife of another good friend from high school also did a lot to help.  She posted the flyer at her company (which is large), drove 30 minutes one day to donate baked goods, and then drove out again 2 days later to buy some stuff at the sale as well as make a monetary donation.  There is another story of someone helping out in a huge way that I would love to tell you, but I can't.  But I will just say, I was speechless.

I don't even have the right words to say how lucky I am, how good I feel, how happy I am, etc. because of everyone's generosity.  I do not deserve all of this!  There are so many people out there who need help.  I am so grateful.

As much as I hate to go to something negative now, I'm going to.  After all, this is the place I go to vent.  So I wouldn't be me if I didn't also post my negative feelings as well as my positive ones.  We all know I'm not the overly positive "Polly Anna" type. (Hi, Staci!)  As I was totally amazed at all of the generous help, I was also amazed at the lack of help from some.  It has shocked me that people who I've never met could do so much, when some family and friends don't help at all.  It's just interesting to me.  When going through tough times, isn't it family and friends who are supposed to be there more than anyone?  I am learning that that's not always the case.  There are some family members and friends who didn't do anything.  That hurt.  But, you know, it's a learning experience. 

Now, don't get me wrong.  The good SOOOO outweighs the bad.  I allowed myself to be upset for a few hours one night.  Then, I was done.  Yes, it's still in the back of my mind (obviously, or I wouldn't be posting it).  However, I am NOT letting it get me down.  I know who my true friends are.  I know which family members to rely on when I need someone.

So, to those of you who helped make the sale a huge success, I will say it again.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Words can not express how grateful I am.

Much love!

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