Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sacrifing it all...

Ok - here goes. I'll admit, up front, this is not so much a post about baseball cards. Ok - let me make it about baseball somewhat.

Type, tap, cut, paste, edit, save, upload. 

There - how ya like my custom card? First rule - save often. I had to make it twice when my graphics program locked. Anyway - where was I? Oh yeah - not so much about cards. Now, I will be talking cards. But mostly, I am going to talk about the girl on that custom card, and I will make an ask. Two asks, actually. My first is that if you started reading - read to the end, would ya? Even if you don't take part, please give it a good thought. And ask two? Well, let's get to it.

That is my daughter. I'm genetically attractive. That picture is from 2011 in Haiti of my daughter with an orphan named Rony. Ceri loves to love people. She has a heart and a passion for it. Ceri went to New Orleans in 2009 and 2010 to help rebuild, and to just be with kids and entertain them. Last year, she went to Haiti and spent a week in an orphanage. In a little over a month she is heading back to spend more time with the kids that either lost their parents in the earth quake, or were given up because the parents just couldn't make ends meet and provide. The week gives the orphans a good time with young adults. The young adults, however, end up changed more through the experiences.

So my ask? My daughter could use more donations to help her make the trip. She is constantly trying to raise funds. We have given all we can, and other donations have come in, but she's still somewhat short of her full goal. Like any parent, I would do anything and everything I can for my kids, so I am having a blow out "sale", so to speak. You all can see my trade bait page link up top. These are cards I have that I am more than willing to trade out to anyone that would enjoy them more than me. But I am going to add to that trade bait, and for the next month or so, items on the page can be traded for  donations to the Haiti trip. I have gone through everything I enjoy, and hope you might enjoy, and put just about everything in my collection up for "sale" (no Pierces - sorry). On the trade bait page is now a link to a doc that gives a quick description of the cards I have. If you want a scan of anything you see, ask. If you think of something I might have - ask. What I hope is that should you see something(s) you want, you will make a donation for my daughter's trip. Email me what you want, and you can have it. Give what you think the card is worth, but better yet - give beyond. Give sacrificially. If you think it's worth $5, I would love if you would give $10. Or more. Every penny donated is tax deductible. Email me with what card or cards you desire, and I will pack them up and get them out to you. It's that simple.

If you wish to help out, donating is quick and painless:

1) Go to The Global Orphan Project donation page.
2) Fill out your information. In the field that says "Please specify where you'd like this to be used", you need to type Cera Wilk JUNE Go Trip.
3) That's it. When you submit you will have helped make a difference in my daughter's life, and in the lives of kids in Haiti.

If you prefer to mail a check, hit me up with an email (click my profile on the right) and I'll give you further information on who to pay to and where to send it. 

Let me give you a couple more links. If you would like more information about the group that plans the trips and works with the children in Haiti, visit The Global Orphan Project. If you care to read the blog of the group my daughter is going with, you can read the StuCo Haiti team blog.

If you are reading these last sentences, thank you. Thank you for your time to read and learn just what I am trying to do. Let me know if you have any questions. If you are unable to contribute, no worries. I know my ask is huge, and many may not be in a position to give. If you can give, though, I thank you in advance. I hope this ask doesn't upset or turn anyone off from reading the future stupidity I will write here. This idea came to mind, and I had to follow through. Even if no one is able to help, I appreciate your interest in this concept.

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