I am tickled pink that blogging has provided a platform for me to share things.
Sometimes the things I share are inconsequential, sometimes they’re informative, but they always seem to be fairly well received. I’m pretty grateful for that.
The idea of being able help get the word out about things that make the world a better place, or to be able to help a friend is a privilege. I have two of those instances today.
First, making the world a better place:
I want to share a way to help raise money for Habitat For Humanity.
It’s super easy. You don’t even need to lift a hammer… Are you ready?
Valspar has been a huge supporter for Habitat for many years, and they provide the paint used for the inside and outside of every house that Habitat For Humanity has built and rehabed in North America. (Pretty awesome, yes?) They are now sponsoring the “Valspar Color Project”.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time,and always start with the person nearest you.”
– Mother Teresa
Colleen is a caring person and is truly a giver by nature. She and her husband each took care of their aging mothers on a 24/7 basis. They were forced to live separately while they cared for the women who raised them. They did spend as much time together as their lives allowed, especially while caring for their 4 year old grandson.
She and her husband Marlon were struggling to make ends meet after the thoughtless and fraudulent actions of one person turned their lives upside down. Just when they thought they had hit rock bottom, a glimmer of hope arose and it looked like there might be a way to erase (if that’s even possible) 20 years of literally paying for an erroneous paper filed with a goverment agency. While in the process of filling out mountains of paperwork to undo this “wrong”, Marlon began to make the first steps out of an extremely fragile financial situation.
Three weeks after he was starting to get his life back, Marlon developed an aortic tear (if you remember John Ritter’s sudden death, he was struck by the same medical condition.) Most people die instantly from an aortic tear, but not Marlon. He fought for his life and so did the surgeons. After several surgeries, he was in recovery but the damage was done and he slipped away peacefully.
Amidst all the hands outreached for money, Colleen has one that presents a more pressing need. She suffered a debilitating back injury years ago, which still requires medical treatments so she can endure the pain. At this point, I think you understand that her need for funds to pay the bills and just simply survive (until she can get back on her feet) are unimaginable.
Colleen would never ask for money for herself, but she has agreed to let me post these details of her life and help her set up a fund raiser.
A Friends of Colleen Jorgensen Fundraising Page has been set up with Rally.org (a unique site for helping people fund raise for their causes.) All the money raised will go directly to Colleen. Payments can be made with credit card or eCheck. And all your information and the amount you donated is kept private.
Thanks, Brittany for setting this up to help Colleen, and thank you in advance to anyone who can help by donating. (Prayers are always good too.) Thanks as well to Valspar for their support of Habitat For Humanity. And Habitat For Humanity…? Thanks for the support of those in need.