Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Can Twitter Buy a Stove?

So the lovely Jodi (aka karmicevolution) and I had a meeting today at ROOF to clear up some final details with our event. We're happy to say that things are moving along swimmingly, we're so excited!

During the course of the meeting Jodi asked Katie, the wonderful and exuberant Program Manager at ROOF if there is anything the shelter needs that we can help them with. Jokingly, Katie tells us their stove died yesterday. Now ROOF runs a program called The Lunchbox where they provide catering for meetings that teaches their kids skills in food preparation at the same time. Along with dinners, special events and other things, a stove in this shelter is a necessity. In unison, we tell her "We can probably do that!"

Fast forward 2 hours and about 20 tweets later, Jodi and I were off to City Appliance in Cambridge who provided us with a very nice refurbished gas stove at a great price.

So thanks Twitter, for once again stepping up to the challenge and helping us meets the needs of this wonderful agency.  The stove will be delivered tomorrow afternoon and once again, the kids at ROOF will be preparing and eating hot meals.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

I'm Sorry For Being A Bad Blogger!

I haven't blogged in a while, not because awesome things haven't been happening but because awesome things have been happening at an incredible pace!

The 50 Teens 4 Christmas event is coming along splendidly. We hit a rough patch where we lost some major sponsors and weren't bringing any money in. So Jodi did what she does best, she poured out her heart, she cried, she got angry and people heard, listened and started donating and backing us up. We're happy to say that we now have some sponsors, some money and the event is all planned. now we just need to pack the bags and anxiously await the big day!

I want to give the biggest thanks possible to all of our sponsors and donors. I'm not going to name everyone right now because I'm sure to miss someone, but you know who you are. If you've never had to go to bed hungry, slept in a shelter or the vestibule of a bank, then you may never know how truly you've touched the lives of these kids. On their behalf, I thank you.

Keep watching the #50teens4christmas hashtag on Twitter. We're still in need of some items, mostly hand me down clothes and shoes to set up our shopping area. If you can clean out your closets, get your kids to do the same and pass it on to us we'd greatly appreciate it!

I can't wait until Dec 14 to pass on the awesomeness of the people of Waterloo Region to these teenagers! Thank you all for supporting us!