So here I am with a holiday shopping blitz post. Today, I’m doing one of two Walkway Wednesdays - posts dedicated to fundraising for the rescue work we do here. Before I get started, however, I want to share a special donation with you. As I’m sure most of you know, Deb of Taylor CatSSSSS and her family lost one of their Five - Seaborne. If you haven’t read the story, you can visit Deb’s blog - Taylor CatSSSSS (always in my sidebar). I spoke with Deb on Sunday night, and I have been checking on her via email. It’s been very difficult for her. Well, yesterday, a wonderful thing happened. TK & Squashies (always in my sidebar) made a donation to our rescue work in memory of Seaborne. Those funds are SO NEEDED, but it was extra special because it was in memory of Seaborne. Here is what TK & Squashies said about the donation.
We would likes to makes this donashun in memory of Seaborne Ruskin Taylor, of the Taylor catsssss. Love, TK and Squashies
Thank you TK & Squashies. Deb and Family - you’re in our thoughts.
You know about our Winnie’s Wish Walkway. The first fundraiser was a success with a total of 31 bricks sold when all was said and done. Those 31 bricks brought in needed funds and filled about one-third of our Walkway. I said at the time of the first order that I would do another run before the holidays. It would be absolutely amazing to get another third of the Walkway completed during this run. But I will be thrilled with ANY size order, as long as it ends up being big enough to place with the engraver. As I said when I launched this second brick fundraiser (on November 14), the holidays provide a special opportunity to give a gift that also makes a difference. I am hoping that some of you might wish to give a brick to someone in memory of a special pet of theirs. Or a gift to yourself to honor, acknowledge, or memorialize your own special somebody. Or maybe you are just willing to purchase a brick here at the holidays because of what it will mean to us - to me, my family, and the homeless crew that temporarily call our place home. Whatever your reasons might be, you can know to the depths of your being that your brick purchase will be appreciated beyond measure.
You can read the whole Walkway Fundraiser post by clicking here or on the brick picture near the top of my sidebar. That is also where you will find instructions on how to order. (It’s simple.) Here is a portion of what is in that post.
Holiday brick, anyone? Many people, in an attempt to stay with the Spirit of Christmas and the Winter holidays, enjoy being able to give a gift that also does some real good somewhere. We all love to give gifts to our friends and family at this time of year, but some of us are a little weary of the holiday hype and price tag. It’s nice to be able to give a gift and contribute to a cause all at the same time. I hope that some of you might want to give a Winnie’s Wish brick to an animal-loving friend or family member this giving season. If so, let me know when you email me your order. I will make a note that your brick is a gift. Then when I get the bricks, and take pictures of them, I will send you an email with the brick pic attached. You can print it off to include in a card, or attach it to a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays email.
Of course, I will also do the stories behind the bricks again for anyone who wants to send me that information. I will do those stories in January. (If your brick is a gift, you can also draw the recipient’s attention to the story when it is posted.)
Whether you’re getting a brick for a cherished animal of your own, or for a friend or family member’s pet, remember this. The Walkway is a very permanent way to get a special pet (still in the fur or out of the fur) memorialized. The Walkway is already SO special. You’ve witnessed through the stories just how treasured those animals are. But there is something else that I don’t want you to lose sight of. Once I pay Polar Engraving and Paypal takes their cut, every penny of donation money helps me keep this rescue going. Because the cathouse doubled in size, we now have more than twice the kitties to care for. The costs are big. Your brick order helps SO MUCH.
I have a farewell post to do tomorrow. Always sad, but I cannot leave deaths unreported. Posting about losses on this blog offers a tribute to those who have moved on. I will get through tomorrow’s post, and offer you a happier post on Friday.
We had our first snow yesterday. I promised pictures. If you like snow (or at least like to look at it), hopefully these pictures will spike your Holiday Spirit. Enjoy.
Have a great day.