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JennaGlatzer
10-11-2005, 02:47 PM
I heard from Lulu again today, and I just have to take a moment to say...

:Hail: :Hail: :Hail: :Hail: :Hail: :Hail: :Hail:

They're being so wonderful to us, and so supportive of this project. What VIP treatment!

We will have an ISBN in a couple of days. They're waiving *all* up-front costs, including the ISBN registration, and are offering help with anything we need, from formatting to storefront design. They're going to help me set up a private ordering link for review copies at the base rate. They're even offering to approach a corporate sponsor for us.

On that note:

I know I've been hazy on the idea of corporate sponsorships. I was trying to figure out exactly what we need and what we could offer, and how to accept donations.

We're so tight on space and so time-crunched that I'm afraid to offer space in the book itself, but I will gladly list sponsors (and their links, if available) on the SOS website and once in the Absolute Write Newsletter (which goes out to 75,000 writers a week).

We can use sponsorship money toward publicity/advertising costs-- such as buying and mailing review copies and press releases. This would ease the burden from writers who want to send copies to their local media but can't afford to, and would enable us to mail plenty of copies to national and international media.

So! If you know of a company that might help us out, donations to this cause can be made by PayPal to storiesofstrength @jennaglatzer.com (delete space... it's there to confuse spambots). Checks can also be sent to my PO Box, but the company would have to be comfortable with writing a check to my name-- I don't have a bank account for Stories of Strength, and my partner is the one in charge of the Absolute Write bank account (I don't want to mix the two because AW is not a nonprofit). My mailing address is:

Jenna Glatzer
PO Box 621
Islip, NY 11751

I will gladly keep a running tally of donations and how we're using them, and sponsors can be anonymous if they prefer (please note this).

More soon!

biotales
10-11-2005, 03:53 PM
Oh baby baby..................
:Hail: :Hail: :Hail: :ROFL: :hooray: :hooray: :hooray: :hooray: :Jump: :Jump: :Jump: :Jump: :Cheers:

mommie4a
10-11-2005, 04:25 PM
Jenna (or whomever else can answer):

This is new to me re: trying to drum up corporate sponsors for something. I'm hoping I'm not the only for whom it's new so I'll ask: how exactly do approach, and whom? For example, I'd be happy to ask my husband's law firm but

-do I go to their marketing people?
-direct them to the SOS website?
-pitch them re: what it is and why we're doing it and that I have a piece in it?

Any other advice? I'm happy to approach Cleveland-area companies - we have number of large ones but I'm not sure how wide you want to cast the net.

Thanks!

rtilryarms
10-11-2005, 05:18 PM
OK, the ones I mentioned are on the way. after a few days, let us know what the short-fall is.

Since all proceeds are going to charity, is there an opportunity to recover costs if we need more and I can talk a couple of people to "float" some dinero?

Don't worry, despite the fact that i am in the land of Scarface and Miami Vice, I promise these will be legitimate donations and favors from businesses offering unsniffable, non-smoldering products. And dermics are not hyper to them.

rt

Jean Marie
10-11-2005, 06:18 PM
Jenna, you can set up a separate account for this which can be tagged as n/p, more red tape though.

As for obtaining corporate sponsorship, you need a written proposal which can be walked in. It has to be presented to BOD, approved, etc., not a short process. I'm thinking along the lines of GE whose hq is about 15 min. away from me. Come up w/ a presentation packet and I'll be more than happy to take care of it. Now, I'm gonna go call my uncle.

JennaGlatzer
10-11-2005, 07:26 PM
Hi! Wait, I should clarify:

We're not looking for big bucks here. We don't need it, and I wouldn't know what to do with it. Honestly, I'd much rather that corporations just buy copies of the book to give to their employees or donate to libraries or community centers or something, rather than making big donations to sponsor SoS.

Figure that it costs about $2 to mail a book by media mail, and $15.95 per book if we pay full price (which we don't have to). A typical publisher mails out about 200 review copies to media outlets. That would be a total of $3590-- or $2590 if we get the discount I expect for reviewers.

Now, deduct from that the cost of what the authors are willing and planning to contribute-- if each author involved buys ONE copy to send to a media outlet, more than half of that cost is gone-- so we're down to about $1295 as our "dream budget."

An anonymous donor has already offered $250 toward review copies, so take it down to $1000 (rounding off), and I know Mike has a company willing and ready to contribute, too.

Okay, given that figure: That's the maximum I want to raise in sponsorships directly to the project. Anything beyond that should either (a) go toward buying copies of the book, which they can use or donate however they like, or (b) be donated directly to the charity of their choice.

Taking out ads in newspapers/magazines, while fun, is usually not an effective way to sell books. The exception is in trade magazines (publishers often take out ads for their "big" books in the book trade magazines), but even that would feel kind of irresponsible to me. I might try to get one of the mags to donate an ad to us. (Hey, you never know. They might just say yes!) Some of Amazon's promotions (buy x, get y, or solo mailings to people who've bought similar books) can be effective, but probably too costly.

So, please don't worry about going about town and drumming up money. If your company, your spouse's company, etc. happens to be the charitable sort and wants to donate $50, that would be great. But please don't feel pressured. We're already off to a good start!

mommie4a
10-11-2005, 07:30 PM
Thanks, Jenna, for taking the time to clarify. VERY helpful. Will proceed with that information in mind and the idea that the number one thing "sponsors" or any corporate entity could do would be to buy books to give to...whomever as gifts or something along those lines.

rtilryarms
10-11-2005, 07:39 PM
oh.....

[puts back Girls Scout cookie money and emergency grocery pennies]

JennaGlatzer
10-11-2005, 07:43 PM
Thanks!

By the way, I love the bizarreness of all this-- the fact that I actually come in here and say, "Stop working so hard" and "slow down" and stuff. This never happens in the other areas of life. This is such an awesome and enthusiastic group! We're gonna rock the publishing world. :)

Rose colored glasses
10-11-2005, 07:45 PM
Kudos to LuLu! :Thumbs:

This is great news. I know publication has gone beyond the original time estimate, but I think it's going to be worth it in the long run.

Vanessa
10-11-2005, 08:42 PM
Hi Jenna That's great news.

I have a question, as I've already mentioned this, but what about a major retailer who may be interested in carrying this book in their stores? Is this something that LuLu can handle? Meaning - is this a typical procedure for them and can they handle the production as well?

I haven't given the details to this company yet. But I feel that their buyer may be interested in this. And I'm not sure about their rules for Non-profit sales either. But the buyer will fill me in, once I know if it's something Lulu can do.

ChunkyC
10-11-2005, 08:53 PM
Isn't this great? I'm jest a-boppin' up and down in my chair at work right now.

If you do know someone who wants to donate something to the project beyond just buying copies of the book, ask them if they'd be willing to cover the costs of getting some posters/flyers etc. printed when we're ready to have you put them up at your local bookstore and library and so on.

For example, where I work up here in a resort town in Canada, the retail cost of a single ledger (poster) sized colour printout is $1.98. If a customer wants 50, that drops to $1.38 apiece for a total of $69 plus tax. Letter size (flyers) are 99 each, or 69 each for 50+, or $34.50 + tax. For each of us, it could pinch our pocketbooks a bit. But for a company who wants to help, this is a small amount. As I mentioned in another thread, there will be a space at the bottom to hand-write or place a printed sticker acknowledging this kind of donation.

Alphabet
10-11-2005, 09:59 PM
It is more cost effective again to try and find a company large enough to have their own reprographics division who might actually print them for us! - or a printing company of the type you mention who will let us pay just for the cost of their materials from supplier (donation of time/electricity/equipment use free).

Please everybody keep thinking that the trick isn't to 'get someone else to pay', but to simply not have to pay at all - whoever is 'paying' is giving US money instead of THEM (the victims of the disaster).

Obviously we should pay for whatever essential promotional materials we can't wheedle out of people - but when it comes to THAT then best to wait to see what wheedling can acheive in your area and THEN decide whether 500 leaflets (for example) are even needed - and if you've managed to wheedle window-posters in twenty shops in the highstreet then 500 leaflets is simply not needed at all for that region... think it through, please.

Christine N.
10-11-2005, 10:48 PM
Wow - that's great! I'm glad about the Lulu giving us a review copy rate, b/c my budget is beyond stretched right now. I'm seriously poor. Really. I hope we can get someone to donate toward flyers, etc... like I said, really no money.

Every little bit helps!

Ken Schneider
10-12-2005, 02:17 AM
Super-duper, Jenna, your star power is showing through.

?????- When will the press release, and poster jpeg do-dad be ready?
I need to get the info to the local redcross, and the bookstore, (the biggest in my county by the way, Woot!) so we can get the press conference and signing set in stone.

Thanks for your reply in advance, Ken

Christine N.
10-12-2005, 03:41 AM
Let me know what the bookstores say, ok? Because, here's the thing... trying to set up my own book signings, and my book isn't in either B&N or Borders systems yet (the publicist takes care of all that, sending it through the small press department, and she doesn't have final copies, blah, blah... the trials of small press) So, I haven't been able to book any signings until it is.

I know we're getting into the Ingram's database and all, but does the book need to be subbed to the small press departments of those big chains? Maybe Jenna or someone can call them and let them know what's what, to make it easier on us getting signings, and books in the stores??

JennaGlatzer
10-12-2005, 03:50 AM
What's delaying the process right now is the Red Cross. I'm running into serious red tape, and until that's cleared, I can't finalize anything. We need to have a signed contract with them if we're going to use their name on the cover, in the press release, etc. Among other things, they want to read the book in print before offering us an agreement.

I know that now that I've said that, a lot of people are going to be busting at the seams to offer advice and alternative suggestions, but just trust that I'm working on this from all angles right now. I talked to the Red Cross twice today, and e-mailed four other top-rated charities to ask about their procedures as back-up in case this process keeps dragging on.

Lulu will do their best to help us speed up the procedure of getting listed in the databases for bookstores and online stores as soon as we're ready.

Shwebb
10-12-2005, 04:33 AM
What's delaying the process right now is the Red Cross. I'm running into serious red tape, and until that's cleared, I can't finalize anything. We need to have a signed contract with them if we're going to use their name on the cover, in the press release, etc. Among other things, they want to read the book in print before offering us an agreement.

They want to read the book "in print?" How does THAT work?

I understand their need to make certain everything is above board on the book, but I can't help but express my frustration at the Red Tape, er, Red Cross. One would think they might try to expedite things a little, seeing as they are the beneficiaries of this project.

[Deep breath] I'm done. Now back to our regularly scheduled quips and all-around wittiness. :)

Moondancer
10-12-2005, 05:17 AM
The problem with the red tape is that it's going to happen with all the bigger charities and especially those with federal charters... they have to be able to account for those monies since we won't be. If their name goes on it, then they have to be able to endorse it. A whiff of anything wrong in their books can get their carter yanked quicker than you can blink... funny considering we're talking about the government who usually does nothing quick.

There has to be a way. I wonder if they would accept a pdf of the manuscript instead of the printed book... but Jenna has probably already thought of that... don't mind me, folks... I'm just thinking by keyboard.

Vanessa
10-12-2005, 05:37 AM
I think all the Red Tape symbolizes the mission. As writers in the workplace, many of you know what it's all about. Guys, it's the struggle that keeps us keeping on, because we remain focused. And you know what? SOS is going to be worth every drop of blood, sweat and tear that poured into it.

Obviously we're on to something BIG. Otherwise the Red Cross wouldn't be putting so much effort into crossing all the T's and dotting the I's. Thanks Jenna so much for keeping us posted.

mommie4a
10-12-2005, 05:51 AM
What's delaying the process right now is the Red Cross. I'm running into serious red tape, and until that's cleared, I can't finalize anything. We need to have a signed contract with them if we're going to use their name on the cover, in the press release, etc. Among other things, they want to read the book in print before offering us an agreement.

I know that now that I've said that, a lot of people are going to be busting at the seams to offer advice and alternative suggestions, but just trust that I'm working on this from all angles right now. I talked to the Red Cross twice today, and e-mailed four other top-rated charities to ask about their procedures as back-up in case this process keeps dragging on.

Lulu will do their best to help us speed up the procedure of getting listed in the databases for bookstores and online stores as soon as we're ready.

Sent an incomplete rep point - sorry! I did read the above, promise. And I'm so helpless sometimes in resisting my impulses to offer info so feel free to ignore: Unicef? Also, although it can be a bear, you could always set up your own 501(c)(3) that would be the repository for the money and then donate it. For example, the AbsoluteWrite.com Foundation (like other companies have their foundation/charity giving entities).

Ok - I've done it - I made suggestions when specifically told not to. Wet noodles - where are the wet noodles?

AmyDoodle
10-12-2005, 07:05 AM
What wonderful and encouraging news from Lulu--I had no idea how supportive they'd be.

As for the rest--we'll be experts in our subject matter before it's all over. If it's true that challenges make us stronger, well probably be able to lift our collective weight in chocolate by the time we hold a copy of SOS in our hands, flip through to our page and say, "I had a part in that!" And it will be worth it.

Thanks, Jenna, for putting your heart, and large chunks of your time and patience, in this project.

JennaGlatzer
10-12-2005, 02:55 PM
Thank you so much!

Yeah-- I expressed the same thing to the Red Cross person I spoke to yesterday-- how are we supposed to send her the book in print? It doesn't make logical sense. If it's printed, it needs to be final (that is, with the RC on the cover... or not). I was in a bit of a stupor when she was explaining all this to me yesterday and hadn't thought of how to get around it, but right afterwards, I realized, "Wait. I could send her the PDF or Word file, or I could print it on my computer and mail it to her." So I asked her that by e-mail. She sent a read receipt but hasn't answered yet.

I half-understood why this is all necessary. Basically, they need to check to make sure there's no bad language, no very controversial stuff, and that the quality doesn't stink. Then they'd want to negotiate a contract with us that tells exactly what wording we're allowed to use, such as giving an exact dollar figure on the cover that shows how much is donated per book-- which is again impossible because it differs based on where the book is bought.

I contacted Habitat for Humanity, AmeriCares, Salvation Army, and Operation USA, all listed as 4-star charities with Charity Navigator, and all specifically working on hurricane relief. None have responded yet.

I already know that Feed the Children would give us zero red tape and wants our donations badly-- I'm writing a book with a friend of the founder, and she told me how much they're doing for disaster relief and how much more they want to do, but people don't think of them to donate for this kind of work-- but it's a Christian charity and I know that might not fly well with all our contributors. (Salvation Army is also a Christian charity, but it's well-established that they're on the front-lines of disaster relief, so I'm not sure if that overrides the religious part in people's minds.) So that remains a possibility, but I suspect that a few contributors would want to pull their pieces from the anthology if we switch charities. That's not disastrous, just time-consuming to have to write back and forth with all 118 writers to get permission, then re-organize the book based on what gets pulled.

I'm trying hard to walk the line between patience and decisiveness... I'm getting a fast education in the world of nonprofits and why they need all this red tape (the woman on the phone with me yesterday did explain that they're constantly monitored by "big brother"-type groups who scrutinize every project like this that they approve). They let me know up-front that it's not that they distrust me in the least about actually sending them the money... they know we're totally on the up-and-up... but they need to make sure that no one can ever complain about any of the language in the book or marketing materials.

I'll let you know as I make progress. I'll check into Unicef, too. (I don't think they were listed as a charity working on hurricane relief, though.)

Sorry about the delay. I just had no idea that I needed permission in the first place. I figured that as long as we're telling the truth, how could it be a problem?

One way or another, though, we'll get there. And wait till you see... the book just keeps getting better and better. :)

biotales
10-12-2005, 03:51 PM
I trust you... and I know you will do what is right... No matter where you go... you have my permission to use my story... "Merlin"....
I know first hand the pains of working behind the scenes with a charity....

Moondancer
10-12-2005, 03:58 PM
So you won't have to write back and forth between authors why not have them email you their preferences?

Have us put a certain word or phrase in the subject line and create a folder just for those emails. If you have Outlook or Outlook Express I, or several of us, can tell you how to set up a message rule that will sort the emails automatically as they come in if you don't already know.

Alphabet
10-12-2005, 05:25 PM
I'm glad you've come up with the idea of a pdf or other electronic - you specifically wanted zero suggestions so I was biting my keyboard - but it also (pass the wet noodles when you're finished with them mommie4a!) might be possible to ask Lulu to print a 'Pre-release' book. It needn't have full cover details - although the cover image and titling would be fine, just instead of the controversial statement of allegiance put 'For review' and just '100% of profits will be donated' (miss off who its going to on this particular pre-acceptance cover)

Vanessa
10-12-2005, 06:52 PM
One way or another, though, we'll get there. And wait till you see... the book just keeps getting better and better. :)

Thanks for keeping us posted, Jenna.

ChunkyC
10-12-2005, 07:06 PM
Once again, thanks for your patience, gang. Jenna's got so many irons in the fire right now it's incredible.

So, once more we'll have to sit tight while she gets this sorted out. But we're close, really close:

Richard has the prototype of the web site at the ready, and it looks awesome.
My coworker Sharlene has the poster/flyer, and a bookmark ready. These will be in PDF format and available for download from the SoS site.
You've seen the logo, which won't need changing even if we do have to switch charities.
The book itself is in the final stages of preparation
The press release you've all seen, and only needs a few final bits of info added that will come once everything is in place
All of these things can be deployed in short order once we get the red tape sorted out. Hang tight, folks. The passengers have boarded and pretty much all we need now is clearance to take off.

It's gonna be a magnificent flight.

rtilryarms
10-12-2005, 09:21 PM
Jenna,

I PM'd you. make sure you see it.

Gabriele
10-12-2005, 11:48 PM
First, my thanks to Jenna and the others who do all this hard work, and to Lulu for their generous help.

Personally, I don't have any problems with Christian charities as long as they distribute their aid regardless of religion of the recipients.

I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.

biotales
10-13-2005, 12:05 AM
First, my thanks to Jenna and the others who do all this hard work, and to Lulu for their generous help.

Personally, I don't have any problems with Christian charities as long as they distribute their aid regardless of religion of the recipients.

I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.

I am truly sorry to hear about your Mother.... my thoughts are with you and your family...

Robin Bayne
10-13-2005, 12:10 AM
Just a question--do we have to put the Red Cross name on the cover in order to give them the proceeds? What if it just said "Hurricane Disaster Relief?" Do you think that would affect sales?

Moondancer
10-13-2005, 01:00 AM
I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.

I am so sorry to hear that, Gabriele. Please take care.

Cabria
10-13-2005, 01:06 AM
I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.

So very sorry Gabriele. My deepest sympathy to you and your family...

awatkins
10-13-2005, 01:11 AM
Oh, Gabriele, I'm so terribly sorry. My condolences to you and your loved ones.

ChunkyC
10-13-2005, 01:13 AM
I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.
I'm so sorry, Gabriele. My thoughts are with you and your family.

JennaGlatzer
10-13-2005, 02:05 AM
Gabriele, our hearts are with you. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Please tell us if there's anything we can do to cheer you up.

Sully
10-13-2005, 02:20 AM
Gabriele,

Very sorry to hear about your loss.

mary

Vanessa
10-13-2005, 03:09 AM
I also want to apologise for the lack of participation recently, but my mother had a severe accident four weeks ago and died on Sunday. I'm just not much online right now. But as soon as the book is avaliable, I'll see what I can do to promote it in Germany.

My condolences are with you and your family. We will keep you near and dear to your hearts.

September skies
10-13-2005, 03:19 AM
Gabriele. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry to hear that. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers.

September skies
10-13-2005, 03:24 AM
One way or another, though, we'll get there. And wait till you see... the book just keeps getting better and better. :)


Thank You Jenna. I know it will all be worth it. And in the meantime, I'm working on my (getting longer by the day) list of where to promote the book. Other than family and a few close friends, I have not brought it up to anyone. I am active in a few clubs and because I know a lot of people, am always being asked to speak at different organizations. Then there's my newspapers and local bookstores.... I am so excited, I can't wait. Well, figure of speech...yes, I can and will wait.
And I give my permission to keep my story in the book, no matter who benefits.:)

September.

Gabriele
10-13-2005, 03:54 AM
Thank you all for your kind words.

It is a comfort that her passing was peaceful, and my father, my brother and I were present.

She suffered a severe bleeding in the brain, and after four weeks the doctors had given up hope that she might recover since the brainstem turned out to be afflicted, so we agreed to cut down on the many medications/apparates that kept her alive. After that, it took less than 24 hours for her poor little heart to stop beating.

Jean Marie
10-13-2005, 04:22 AM
I'm very sorry for your loss Gabriele, please take care of yourself. I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

rtilryarms
10-13-2005, 04:24 AM
Gabriele

[hug]

Kim Gogo
10-13-2005, 06:33 AM
Thank you all for your kind words.

It is a comfort that her passing was peaceful, and my father, my brother and I were present.

She suffered a severe bleeding in the brain, and after four weeks the doctors had given up hope that she might recover since the brainstem turned out to be afflicted, so we agreed to cut down on the many medications/apparates that kept her alive. After that, it took less than 24 hours for her poor little heart to stop beating.

I am so very sorry that you are going through this Gabriele. I am glad you have your brother and father--that you are not alone in your grieving--nonetheless, it is a time of extreme sadness and loneliness. I lost my mother and grandmother in a very short period of time. Both raised me and their loss has changed who I am. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, for comfort and strength during this time. My sincere condolences to you.

kim

mrs75
10-13-2005, 08:07 AM
Gabriele,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as well. I can't say that I know how you feel because my mother is still with me, however, I did think I was going to lose her a couple years ago, and I do know that feeling. She had breast cancer, and the Doctor screwed (pardon my french) up when he gave her the radiation treatments. He messed her up so bad (3'rd degree burns) that the hospital staff even said he was at fault. Anyway, with the mistake that was made it almost killed her, and I will never forget the night I sat with her in the hospital--that was the night we wasn't sure she would pull through. I got lucky, mom did pull through, and she has survived the breast cancer to this day, and through some cosmetic surgery the mistake the doctor made was fixed.

I just wanted you to know I know a little what you may be feeling, but not anything about the loss itself. You take all the time you need to grieve, and in the meantime I will be praying for you. If you need someone to talk to PM me anytime.

sthrnwriter
10-13-2005, 08:54 AM
Gabriele,

Sorry to hear about your mother. My condolences to you and your family. It's good that you were present when she passed on.

When my grandmother died, my mom got a call from my uncle saying she was doing worse (she had been in the hospital for weeks). My mom had to do one errand before going to see her. When she got to the hospital, she walked into the room not knowing that my grandmother had already died. If my mom had gone straight to the hospital instead of doing that one errand, she would have been there when my grandma died. So consider yourself lucky that you were there and was able to say your goodbyes.

aruna
10-13-2005, 11:15 AM
My heart goes out to you at this time, Gabriele.I feel for you.

KimJo
10-13-2005, 04:24 PM
Condolences and best wishes to you and your family, Gabriele.

Robin Bayne
10-13-2005, 04:48 PM
My heart goes out to you at this time, Gabriele.I feel for you.


(((HUGS))) and <prayers>< for your loss Gabriele.

Gillian
10-13-2005, 07:21 PM
First and way most important - Gabriele, I am thinking of you. I lost my father some years ago and still miss him, so you have my hearfelt support.

The other (and unrelated) thing is that I ran across mention of another anthology on a blog and followed it back to the editor's blog. They have a similar goal to us, but wil end up with quite a different book, which is good. I am wondering - if anyone knows the people doing it - if we can get some PR synergy going: bookshops are always happier with more named authors for a signing, for instance. Connecting with these folks is one way to make use of the Red Cross delay.

My friends in LA tell me that things are still pretty bad in the Lake Charles/Port Arthur area thanks to the gentle kindness of Rita, so I am really glad that we are now talking about "hurricane relief" in general. I think there will be a need for this money for a long time to come in the whole Gulf region.

Here are the details: http://www.livejournal.com/users/jackzodiac/83068.html

Gillian

Alphabet
10-13-2005, 08:19 PM
First, Gabrielle, may I wish you the happiness your mother would want you to have, and that it may come to you with all speed, past the grief you currently are feeling.

Second, I understand the sentiments, and too the realities that pierce my internal fog, and I will support whichever charity and which ever breadth of cause is finalised upon - that, because part of my reason for this was to participate in the healing process of this community as it tries to come to terms with the different traumas of the time. I'm not going to pull out of that just if the original healing changes to a different one BUT my understanding was that we were all concerned that the victims of hurricane katrina would only have money coming in until the next headline, and that they'd need support for years to come.

Well, that is what happened, isn't it - the next headline was Rita, and suddenly everyone wants to make it for Katrina AND Rita...and then the next headline was the earthquake - and so on and so on - aren't we doing exactly what we wanted to save them from? running to the next headline - the latest and most recent disaster... there will be others to do that. I'd rather we stayed with our original intent and made it a legacy to the victims of katrina. But, I'll follow wherever you all lead because you all have good hearts and that makes good company, I'm just voicing my perspective.

jdkiggins
10-13-2005, 09:55 PM
I'll keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, Gabriele.

My condolences on your loss.

AmyDoodle
10-14-2005, 05:07 AM
Gabriele,

My Mom was my best friend. May time dull your pain and sweeten your memories. My heart goes out to you.

Gabriele
10-14-2005, 08:10 PM
Thank you all. You're so sweet.

Yesterday, the funeral service was held - on a perfect warm and sunny autumn day. And her grave (she's going to be cremated) will be in an oak grove in a cemetary that is more a like park. She would have loved it.