Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I love Vancouver

I love Vancouver 

In response to the Blogger who went and tried to trash a beautiful city while Claiming he is a vancouverite and a politician I ask one simple question "why hide who you are?" If it's true that you are indeed from Vancouver and in a position to be a difference maker , don't you think that you are also diminishing your ability as a leader ?YOU ARE A PART OF THE PROBLEM. If the worse thing that you have to complain about is the fact that people are choosing to get healthy then you have some serious issues. The fantastic people of vancouver are actually paying your wage is what I hate. You make me sick! As a person who is struggling with trying to pay my bills while I try and help the misfortunate in not only Vancouver but also the surrounding communities I am deeply concerned with your comments. For the people of Vancouver that love this city always be sure to never let anyone dull your sparkle , Vancouver and its people are known around the world as some of the most compassionate and kind people you will ever meet. Since I started my Secret Santa campaign almost 8 years ago I have seen 10's of thousands of people join with me to create smiles and fill food banks everywhere. Sure Vancouver may have its issues , but who doesn't? Find the positive, it helps eliminate the negativity. Show your love for this city with everyone you know and be proud of our home BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Close to my heart

Let me start by saying , being A Secret Santa is an amazing pass time for me , at times I gain tremendous joy from interacting and helping others who honestly don't know help is coming. The down fall is that maybe I expect too much from others and hope for more participation when it comes to giving back in our communities and I take it to heart. Can't tell you How many times have I heard companies and individuals say to me " let us know how we can help, we will be there" that's all fine and wonderful but when you do happen to knock on the door , there is no answer. I have spent countless hours and money to try and organize fund raisers or events that will help charities not just here in Vancouver but around the globe , some have worked , many have not
I know that people have busy schedules and life is amazingly hectic for everyone , I get it . I just hope that we as a people don't become so obsessed with amassing all that we can and forget about those who struggle to even find enough money to put food on the table for their children each night, buy living aids for there disabled children or pay for medications that they so desperately need to maintain a functioning existence in general society without being vilified for being different. The reality of our life now is that at any point in time this could be any of us.So many of us live pay check to pay check , what happens when that pay check runs out ? Just food for thought !
I am trying hard to keep fvsecretsanta.com going and maintained because I believe that it can be a very powerful tool to spread awareness for charities around the world , a platform that can raise money for special needs children , a place that the disabled can be proud to showcase and sell their hand made items without fear of being taken advantage of and without taking away from their $95.00  living allowance that they receive per month they attempt to live off of.
That all being said , I will jump from one soap box to another ! I am trying to plan a FOOD DRIVE  event for November in the Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford area, so far I have a moving company that is willing to donate a truck and personnel for the event , a local Vancouver music artist has agreed to play at the event  , now we just need to find a venue , date and a few sponsors that may be willing to make this dream of filling a truck for the food bank a reality. Fvsecretsanta.com will also be taking monetary donations with 100% of the donations going back into buying food items that are needed.If any of you know a company or would like to donate I encourage you to do so through the donation button on fvsecretsanta.com
I hope everyone will buy a wristband for charity , still available and easy to do through paypal , I pay to ship the wristbands
Don't forget Grammy's stockings , each one is original and personalized to your liking only $40 + shipping
Maybe I do hold charity causes too close to heart , but that's where my heart is "People Helping People"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

112 days to go Christmas fundraising starts today

As the seasons change, summer turns to fall and the kids are back in school most parents and grandparents will now be finding more time for themselves and time to decompress. Great example of this is Grammy Santa; she is kindly offering her time and energy to fvsecretsanta.com and charities to create fantastic personalized stockings. Grammy does all the cross stitch by hand while poppa sleeps in his chair or watches his DIY shows.  
Grammy has 100 designs that she does and will personalize each and every one of them with your name, your child’s name or any name you would like. Each stocking takes approximately 15-20 hours of needle point work, it’s not easy. The stockings will be going up for sale as of today! Each stocking is $40.00 + $8 shipping. These stockings will last for years and will look amazing hung throughout your home  

I am including the website address for you to look at all the designs that Grammy has http://grammyschristmasstockings.myalbum.com . Grammy says she is working on a special stocking for a “Babies First Christmas".  Right now there are 77 stockings that are ready to go and more on the way all they need is a new name. I will have a list of the 77 designs that are completed to make it easier for you to decide.  {As fast as Grammy’s hands will let her needle point}.Grammy prides herself on making each and every stocking unique. If you are interested in one of these just see the ad on Fvsecretsanta.com email me @ santa@fvsecretsanta.com or on Twitter: @FVsecretSanta. I will also include a “People Helping People bracelet with every stocking sold. If you wish to contribute and buy a stocking please use PayPal fvsecretsanta@hotmail.com this will ensure that you have a receipt and don't forget to include  the Name you wish to have put on the stocking . Lets help Grammy and fvsecretsanta.com raise even more money for a local food bank this holiday season. I have a Zip file of the stockings that are ready to go NOW , just ask for the file and have a look - first come first serve