I know many of you got this in email this morning so you’ll be seeing it twice (three times if we’re FB friends so yeah, it should sink in lol) but I thought it was worth sharing here too for those less inclined to access those other places or who’s email I don’t have. This is the word for word message I sent out. Please consider this as a festive alternative to buying ‘stuff’ for the people you care about and we’ll all get the chance to help each other. It’s all about pay it forward!
“Good morning family and friends!
That time of year again -- the ho, ho, holidays! As we've done most years now Matt and I STRONGLY encourage all of you not to buy us stuff (please!). This year is even more important than ever as we're planning to move all the way across the country next summer, carrying as little as possible. In lieu of gifts please consider making donations!
By the way...I'm not being presumptuous with some of you I promise! I sent this to a lot of you simply because I know we all struggle with what to do for one or two people every year and these are two charities that I really hope you'll consider making a contribution to instead of buying that individual something you're not sure they'll even enjoy :-)
As you all know I've done the National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge for 2 years now and won both times (hooray!). Those folks run a great program for young writer's to explore and embrace their creativity, and to nurture positivity instead of violence & other bad behaviors, but they only survive through donations. So this year I'd love if everyone could donate to The Office of Letters and Light! To make the donation on my behalf (if you like) my NaNo/ScriptFrenzy username is: jennshon
Matt also has a charity that is very near and dear to him. Last December he started working in downtown Boston and came to befriend a man named Carl. An out of work construction worker, Carl is homeless and lives in the alley right behind Matt's building. The two have built a really special relationship over the course of this year so Matt would like donations made to assist the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter right here in Boston that actively provides help to 1200 people just like Carl.
Thanks so much everyone and I hope you'll consider making donations to these two very deserving charities instead of buying us a traditional gift this year. We would also like to do the same for you so please let us know where we can donate in your name and we'll make this a super great season of paying it forward! Have safe and happy holidays and hopefully we'll all have a chance to spend time together sometime in 2011!
♥ love ♥
Jenn & Matt
P.S. As with every year I gotta give snaps to my mom for kicking off our charitable donation holidays a few years back! Best gift idea ever! Go mum! *snap, snap, snap*”