There’s blood in the water and the sharks are circling

199 Fun And Effective Fundraising Events For Nonprofit Organizations  by Justina Walford

School Fundraising Events

What is one of the biggest clues that a new school year has begun? For me, it’s the barrage of requests to support school fundraisers.

Oh yes, my friends. The catalogs of overpriced Christmas wrapping, knick knacks, chocolates, and recipe books have arrived.

The truth is I’m a sucker for those darn catalogs. I adore the canned caramel popcorn and gift bag packages. I can’t help it. Chocolate, gift ideas, and recipes books I probably won’t ever use; it’s all conveniently in one place for ridiculously inflated prices. But it’s for a good cause…well, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

Remember when riding bikes was all the entertainment kids needed?... and we were thrilled to have a bike!

Vintage: kids going for a bike ride

Last week, one of the neighborhood boys asked if I would buy something from him. Now, I have a soft spot for this boy. He’s funny, rambunctious, and last year he kept coming around to ask if I would go bike riding with him. Not my son, me.

How could I say no when he handed over a catalog?

No more than fifteen minutes later my doorbell rings again. A group of kids armed with catalogs, order forms, and smiles stood on my porch.

“Sorry, guys. He already got me,” I said.

by artist, Arian Armstrong...

Take Courage By Arian Armstrong

As one, their heads turned toward the grinning imp astride his bicycle at the curb. Lifting his hand, he waved and a peal of laughter floated in the air as he rode away. Groans and cries of “aw man” filled the air as they gave chase, barely pausing to toss their goodbyes and thanks over their shoulders.

Yup, the new school year has officially begun.

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A true believer

Last night a friend announce that he was going to finally “put down some roots” and create an author’s page. Which after knowing Branli for a few years is a pretty big deal. Please take a look www.branlicaidryn.com you will be intrigued, your interest will be peaked but you won’t be disappointed. Which is why I have been so excited about his book being released for months. You’re killing me softly Bran.

Branli has been a big part of my cheerleading team and has pushed/badgered me (along with my hubby) to get the voices out of my head. I have stories to tell so do it! Sigh…there’s no room for the weak around here. You got issues, work it out and let’s move on. I’ll have to tell the story of “there’s no crying on the sofa” lol! But thats for later. Right now it’s all about my friend Branli.

You have been a true friend and believer in not only my talent but in me as a person. I appreciate you and I appreciate everything you do. I know how hard you are working on your books with editing, illustration, and, etc, etc (the mind boggles at all the details) No matter what happens I know you are going to be a success because karma will return what you willingly give with a positive and open heart. XOXOXO

Cheers to you Branli Caidryn!!!   Image