**giveaway closed but keep reading!**
Buckle your seat belts! This post is going to be a bumpy ride! I have like 5 awesome things to tell you about…
When Mary was at my house for the Orange Conference, we stayed up waaay too late watching the weather to see if a tornado was going to blow us to Oz. It didn’t. The kids stayed in their beds all night and we happily drove (2 hours!) to get to the other side of Atlanta the next day. But Alabama was not so lucky.
While we were at Orange we met Mom With A Minivan. And after Orange she emailed me because she teamed up with Immediate Tornado Relief to help the tornado victims in Alabama. Immediate Tornado Relief is actually two guys from a church in Decatur, Alabama who raised $100,000 in the 31 hours after the tornado. They are helping people get their lives back by supplying basic needs now (like toothbrushes and even bins to store the stuff they are salvaging from their homes! ) and then diving “DEEP with families and adopt them and help them with everything.”
You might remember that I lived in Birmingham, Alabama for a few years. And after reading the facebook updates of my Birmingham friends, I got shivers thinking about how much devastation was so near them!
Meanwhile, Pampers emailed me about this new Little Miracle Mission campaign they are doing. It’s to celebrate Pamper’s 50th Anniversary. They are doing specific missions throughout the year to support and help babies and parents. It’s really very cool. Pampers asked if I’d be willing to take a $50 giftcard (from them) to celebrate, support or protect a little one in my community in honor of Little Miracle Mission.
And as soon as they asked, the first thing I thought of the moms in Alabama. I imagined what it would be like to suddenly have NOTHING. No diapers. No sippy cups with milk. No stuffed animals. No favorite pajamas. What would that be like? What would my poor kids be thinking? feeling? How long would it take to get back on our feet?
So, here’s the deal. As the May gift from ohAmanda, I’m giving the $50 giftcard and matching it with $50 to Immediate Tornado Relief to help the tornado victims…my former neighbors! And I’m going to give away another $50 gift card from Pampers on my blog for one of you to help someone else! You can give to Immediate Relief, you can go to Wal-Mart and buy bags of Pampers to send to Alabama. You can give to a church down the street or to any organization that you see fit!
How fun is that?!
And along with all this, I want to say THANK YOU to Pampers (of course!) and to my two new sponsors:
Bargain Briana the blog you need because “bargains don’t find themselves”! Briana is one of my in real life friends because we went to the Dominican Republic together and stayed in Cinderella’s Castle together. (Wow. Talk about extremes!)
Discount Party Supplies. You know my love for all things party! Well, just wait, you’ll get to know these guys better soon. Stay tuned for a fabu giveaway from them!
Because of their support (and yours by clicking my affiliates, visiting my partners and generally coming back every day), I’m able to give and highlight these great organizations and ministries.
Let me stop for a second and clarify. This is just an opportunity for ME to give back some of the benefits I’ve received on this blog. I’m not trying to be the Pharisee who is giving in front of everyone to be awesome. I’m pretty sure you’d see right through that. I’m using this monthly post to highlight these ministries to hopefully inspire YOU to give, too. I just want to show you some of the places I love and give to. And I hope you do the same. Does that make sense? Is that ok? I really do consider these gifts given to be from ohAmanda at large.
Now, let’s get back to that gift card…
Enter to win one $50 gift card to celebrate, support or protect a child in your community (do one or all, leave a separate comment for each):
- Leave a comment. Dream big–what could you do with $50? Who would you give it to?
- Tweet it! How would you spend $50 to help a child? @oohamanda & @pampers are giving away a $50 AMEX to help you do it! http://bit.ly/ohTornado
- Share on Facebook. It’s easy – just click the “Like” button at the bottom of this post! You can even add a status update with it!
Contest ends Thursday, May 19.