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Wednesday, December 28

500 Followers Celebration

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my blog now has

To celebrate, I recently performed a
in your honor.
{My gift to you is in the background of this photo. . .}
A few weeks ago,
I began collecting gently-used coats
from my own home & people in my neighborhood.

When I say "gently-used", I really mean
"gently-used".  I was so amazed by the
generosity of those who donated.
So many of the coats were new or of such nice quality . . .
Then I took the coats 
{I think about 40}
to The Road Home shelter.
I am so impressed with this wonderful place
which provides temporary shelter to families
& helps them 
"step out of homelessness & back into the community".
The director I spoke to was so thrilled to 
receive the coats, saying that their need is great
at this time.

On the day that I was there,
approximately 60 children were 
staying at The Road Home with their families.
{100 people staying in 31 rooms/average stay 30 nights}
I saw other people who were helping out too.
For instance, this 7th grader, "Sammy",
 collected funds to buy Christmas presents
for the children staying at the shelter.
{*Lump in throat*}

MANY THANKS to you wonderful readers
who gave me something happy to celebrate.

My heart has grown three sizes!


  1. Thank you for sharing your heart, Christ's joy, and this story with me! It inspired me to always be looking for ways to bless others. :)

  2. A great idea! When I reach that 500 mark, I am going to do something like this too. Our family did this kind of thing for Christmas one year and we still talk about it. Happy New Year! :D

  3. Ditto what Julie said..that is an awesome idea.. We just moved to our area,but I did hear about a service here that does the same thing around here.. they help people go from the streets to a home.. If you dont mind,, may I follow in your footsteps .. Thanks for sharing ,,and keep smiling..

  4. Just found your blog...but am on my way to work...I can't wait to come back and stay awhile
    You now have 502 followers!

  5. What a wonderful way to celebrate! YOU ROCK!
    Happy Holidays!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  6. Just found your blog through a post on HouseTalkN. Love this idea and will definitely put something like this into effect for my new(-ish) blog! (Follower 504!)

  7. What a wonderful thing to do with the coats!!! Love the idea-if you need help for next year I would love to do my part. Cathie

  8. This makes my heart happy! Thank you for your generous spirit and congrats on 500 followers! Glad to be one of them...
    Happy New Year!

  9. What an incredible way to celebrate. Congrats on reaching 500 followers and thank you for inspiring all of us. what a truly special thing to do.

  10. Just wanted to let you know that I shared this as part of my link party wrap up and features. Feel free to grab a featured button from my sidebar if you like. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  11. I'm just now reading this... can't believe I missed it. You are such a wonderful role model and inspiration!!! xoxo jules

    1. Aw, sweet Jules - YOU are the one who has inspired all of my RAOK celebrations. Thanks for teaching me that I could use my blog to do good in the world!

      Warmly, Michelle


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