Gifts mailed as of April 2015: 18
I am going to ask you to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule today and read this rather lengthy message from me. I'm not asking you to buy anything--unless you want to. Instead, I'm asking you to join with me in an effort to Pay it Forward.
Let me tell you a little bit of my personal history so you can see why this is so important to me. I was born to two very intelligent people who, unfortunately, were not mentally or financially able to take care of their children. I went to bed hungry many nights, and didn't have money for clothing or school activities.
I was actually raised by 5 different families. I wasn't part of the welfare system--people in my city just took me in for several years at a time. These were often parents of my school friends who saw the need and took care of it.
I owe these families more than I can ever repay. Today, I live a blessed life with a wonderful family of my own and job security--no more going hungry.
Because so many people stepped up--unasked--and gave me a future, I feel very strongly that I need to "Pay it Forward" and help other people who find themselves in my previous situation, or people who are suffering emotionally, maybe even dealing with physical problems or illnesses such as cancer. Male or female, young or old--it doesn't matter.
I'm not raising money for food, although that's also dear to my heart. Instead, I want to address another need, one that many people overlook because they believe that everything can be fixed with food and shelter. But I can tell you, as a child, and especially as a teenager, I also craved pretty things--and attention. I wish I had a picture to share with you of my high school prom dress--an ugly green monstrosity that belonged to a friend and was three sizes too big for me.
I can't fix everyone's problems, but I can reach a few--and so can you. So, I've decided to donate 10% of all Timeout4me sales (not profit--but sales), with a start date of Nov. 1, 2014. I will send gifts of Timeout4me products at Christmas time, as well as throughout the year (birthdays/anniversaries), to people who need a little pampering, a little moment where they can not feel so alone, or helpless.
Gifts will be only $20 or less each, so I can reach a larger group, and I will cover all costs, including shipping.
I am asking my customers to send me emails with the names and addresses of anyone who needs to be remembered. If you could explain why they are special and deserving and what type of Timeout4me product they could use the most, that will help me choose-- if I have more names than sales.
I will then send the gift to them, wrapped as beautifully as I can manage, along with a card. If you wish to not have your name mentioned, I will leave it out. The card will only tell them that someone was thinking about them.
Of course, the more sales I get, the more surprise gifts can go out. On average, I ship two gifts a month.
You DO NOT have to make a purchase to suggest a worthy recipient.
Please help me "Pay it Forward" by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include their name, age (if known), address, and any other useful information that will help me choose the perfect gift. Mention that this is a "Pay it Forward" submission. That's it.
I will update my blog each month with a record of how many gifts were mailed out.
Thank you for helping to make someone's life a little brighter.