Today is Giving Tuesday, and it's also one of the last days of November, which marks the official beginning fo the Christmas holiday season (in my opinion, anyway). Christmas really is a wonderful time of year, and brings so much joy to so many families. But it can also be a time of great challenges and strife to some. I want to change all of that for a group of families in need, and I need your help to do it!
Last year, my business(es) were blessed. Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, I decided to pay for Christmas for 3 inspiring families in need. Not knowing where to start, I turned to you Freebs for nominations and suggestions. Hundreds of nominations poured in within hours, and as I read every one, I was overwhelmed. Blown away. Broken-hearted. Strengthened. (All the feels, basically.) My heart swelled in joy over you good Freebs who took the time to share such stories with me, but also so sad for those who were going through such hard things (as explained in this vlog).
I sponsored 3 different families and paid for their Christmas, which families I am still in contact with, and whom touched my heart to the core. I feel a special bond and connection with them that will (for lack of a less cheesy term…) stay with me forever.
But then, additional miracles poured in…
Wouldn't you know…you Freebs were also touched by the stories I shared, donations – none of which I even asked for! – poured in and we were able to help 5 families with your additional donations! I can't describe the feeling of going to my PayPal account and seeing so many hundreds of dollars, generously donated.
This year my business has been even more abundantly blessed, and my following has grown. Last year was incredible, no doubt! But…call me crazy…but…
This year, I want to do EVEN MORE. And I know we can…but we have to ACT FAST.
Starting TODAY, I want you to nominate a family in need!
We will chose 5 families to gift $500 of my own money (not sponsored!) to help cover gifts, and Christmas dinner/traditions. In addition, I will gift my Budget Boot Camp program to help them long after Christmas is over. Then, with additional donations that come in from Freebs near and far, we will help as many additional families as possible until the money runs out!
It's basically December already, so we have to act FAST this time around! Please read this entire email thoroughly, and let us know if you have any additional questions.
Here's how to nominate or donate:
To nominate yourself or others:
- Nominate someone (yourself or another family) who might just need some help getting on their feet, getting ahead, or starting out this year. Basically, anyone who needs some serious sparkle and magic this Christmas! Naturally, who couldn't use an extra $500?? But let's try to focus on those who have more need than most. Keep reading for a list of FAQ's.
- Nominate someone by filling out THIS FORM.
- Nominate as many people as you'd like, but submit one form per family; don't nominate more than one family on the same form!
- You have until 11:59pm MST December 3 to submit nominations, chosen families will be notified by Dec 10.
- If you haven't heard from us by Dec 10, I'm sorry to say that you or your nominee wasn't chosen (and I cried many tears about it, you can be sure!)
Can we nominate people outside of Utah?
Um, HECK YES! You can nominate anyone from anywhere in the world. I'll figure out how to get the money to them, even if by way of Hogwarts owl. Again, nominate people HERE or using the form below.
Is $500 really enough for gifts and food??
Holy jiblets YES! If you can't possibly fathom how, you might want to consider Budget Boot Camp and I'll share all my secrets. But $500 would provide a fabulous Christmas for even a family of 5. It's all about stretching those pennies, folks!
How will the family be notified? Will it be anonymous?
We have to take it case-by-case. Last year I was able to deliver some in person (for those in Utah), others were done via FaceTime, and others were done over the phone. We will work out those details with the person who nominated the family, so answer your phone if I call! haha
What happens if we (or the family we nominate) already have Budget Boot Camp?
No biggie, still eligible! You (or they) can then pay it forward and gift that to someone else, and still use the Christmas cash.
Can I donate?
YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Please yes! The more donations, the more families we can help! If you feel inclined to help, 100% of money donated will go straight to the families. Not a penny will go to me or my team. You can send the money through PayPal (FreebsFund@gmail.com) or Venmo (JordanFPage). Please just write “Secret Santa” on the memo so my accountant doesn't put me on the naughty list :).
NOMINATE ONLINE HERE OR USE THIS FORM:
(NOTE: You must scroll all the way down and hit SUBMIT or your response won't be recorded!)
Want to see how much good your nominations and donations do?
Last year your donations sponsored Christmas for a mother of quintuplets whose husband was deployed. I finally got to meet her, and the sister who nominated her, at Pinners Conference this year!
Last year I was able to pay for Christmas for a young family whose gorgeous mom, Jordin, was terminally ill with cancer. It was her last Christmas and we miss her dearly.
We were able to help a family of 7 who has been completely uprooted, left their comfortable home, and is living in a small apartment across the country, in order to give their sweet baby a fighting chance at life. Good news? Julian is doing INCREDIBLE.
I can't begin to tell you the lives we can change.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and love. There is so much good to be done, and I can't wait to warm some hearts with you by my side.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, FREEBS!