I have a special request today, for my writer pal C.J. Redwine. I had the pleasure of meeting C.J. in San Francisco when we were finalists in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart contest. It was there that she talked me out of a claustrophobia-induced heart attack while trapped in a malfunctioning Cheesecake Factory elevator. (“It’s okay, we’re almost there. It’s moving, see? We were on 6, now we’re on 5…I promise, we’re moving!”) She is smart, talented, funny, and will make the coolest mom when she brings her little girl home from China.
Yes, I said China. C.J. and her husband have been waiting *five years* to bring their daughter home, a process delayed by international circumstances beyond their control. In the time since they started the process, adoption costs have shot sky-high. Today, at last, they are just weeks from meeting Johanna Faith (what a beautiful name!) face-to-face.
I am happy to help out C.J. on her “Skip a Starbucks Day”—in other words, please sacrifice a $5.00 indulgence (or several, if you’re so inclined ) to get this little girl out of the orphanage overseas and into her home with the parents who, for years, have had a room ready for her arrival. Click the button below to head over to C.J.’s blog, where you can read her story, make a donation, and take part in the many giveaways being offered by so many friends and bloggers who are taking part in this fundraiser.
Speaking of giveaways, if you “skip a Starbucks” for C.J.’s adoption fund, I’ll send you a Starbucks card, so you can help this family and get your fix at the same time. Email me at avery AT averybeck DOT com and let me know you donated (C.J. has a list and is checking it twice, so no cheating!), and I’ll pick five names for a free cup of joe. Or a triple mocha mocha venti latte no whip extra cheese…or whatever form of caffeine you desire.
I’ll also send signed copies of both of my paperback releases to three wonderful people who contribute to any of the causes I have talked about here (see posts on LiveStrong and 46Mommas). Again, pop me an email with some form of confirmation that you donated. C.J.’s donations need to be in by this Wednesday night, Aug. 25. The others, by September 1.
I wish there were a better word for all of this—”fundraising” sounds like a magazine sale or a car wash in an attempt to fund the local high school team’s trip to the championship game. Which is a fine cause in itself, but when people’s lives are on the line…well, it’s very humbling. We’re not trying to sell candy bars here. I’m feeling pretty damn lucky to have what I have. I’m knocking on a lot of wood to keep what I have. And I hope that every one of these fundraisers, despite the lighthearted name, finds life-changing success.
Good luck to all who need help, and to my readers—if you can swing it, please donate today!