Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Give This Christmas Away {Unique Gift Idea + Giveaway!}

Every year, I try to do at least one thing to help brighten someone's Christmas. There are so many people out there who are suffering from lack of food, clothing, or shelter--and sometimes, I just get overwhelmed with the amount of people in need.

However, God doesn't call us to meet the need of every person out there. He only calls us to help as much as we can with the resources we have.

This Christmas, if you are also looking for a way to give, you now have the perfect opportunity. Because not only do you have the chance to help provide therapy equipment and toys for a special needs toddler--but by doing so, you can buy a unique, personalized Christmas gift for whoever you wish.

The name of the little girl you can help is Aubrey, and she is my very sweet 1-year-old cousin.

Aubrey at 4 months old
Aubrey was born August 29, 2012 with an undiagnosed neuromuscular disorder. After being born prematurely, she had to stay in the NICU for 4 months before being released. The doctors were unsure if she would be strong enough to sustain life.

Aubrey with her big sister at 4 days old
Because Aubrey has such a difficult time breathing, she has to be on ventilator support 24/7. Her muscles are unable to work like other kids, which makes it difficult to for her to make any kind of movement, or even to communicate.

Click here for the full story on Aubrey's journey
 (make sure your volume is turned up).

Since Aubrey is now 1-year-old and is getting older and smarter, her needs are becoming much greater.

Because of that, a Senior Executive Director for Thirty-One Gifts has opened an online shop to raise money for Aubrey this Christmas. 

Starting today through December 6th, all proceeds purchased from this Thirty-One catalog (containing purses, totes, wallets, stationary,  bags, etc.) will go towards the Shop for Aubrey Fund. This fund will help purchase an iPad arm (for special needs), as well as an indoor adaptive/therapeutic swing for Aubrey.

Again, this is a perfect opportunity to not only buy a personalized gift for a loved one, but to also give to a very precious special needs toddler.

Aubrey at 1 year, with her big sisters
Everyone who purchases an item from the Thirty-One catalog will receive 10 extra entries in a giveaway for a free signed copy of PURPLE MOON, as well as a PURPLE MOON coffee mug! (Be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.)

Click here to begin shopping. Once you order, make sure you see the words "Order Submitted" at the top of the page to confirm that it went through.

Aubrey is seriously the most precious little 1-year-old. She is just like any other toddler her age in the way that she loves attention, affection, and "playing" with her therapy toys. You can tell this by the way the corners of her mouth lifts when she's happy, or the way her eyes start tearing when she's sad.

Aubrey's muscles may be weak, but her heart and mind are very strong. She would be absolutely thrilled to receive new toys this Christmas, and new therapy equipment to strengthen her muscles.

If you are purchasing from the catalog, be sure to RSVP on the Facebook page by clicking here.

If you are unable to purchase from the catalog, you can still enter the giveaway below (US only):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

"...I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me."
~Matthew 25:40

 (I am out of town and will be unable to post until next week. Happy Thanksgiving!)

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