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One of my favorite blogs is Cake Wrecks (hoping I’ll never end up there as a Wreck, but maybe a Sunday Sweet), and they did something wonderful during the holiday season: challenged their readers to donate one lousy dollar for fourteen days to a variety of worthy causes. Jen started off with a very generous $200 donation (I guess the book sales are going well!) for each of 14 charities/causes, and then let the readers’ guilty consciences generous natures do the rest. After 2 weeks, a lot of money was raised, so wells will be dug, animals given to needy families, and strays will be fed – among other worthy causes; including cash donations to help 27-year-old Amanda Buckland, who lost her husband, her 4-year-old son, her 8-month-old daughter, and everything they owned in a house fire.

Now I know nobody reads this blog of mine, least of all me, but I’m putting an appeal out there to help my sister Lisa. She owns a Curves franchise in St. Lazare, Quebec, and the bank has called in her loan, to the tune of some $15,000. When I asked her to tell me the gory details of why she needs money where’s what she wrote:

1. Your sister was the victim of 2 dishonest people whose needs drove them past doing the right thing.  3 months after opening the gym, the bank pulled the plug on the father-daughter team and left me holding the fort alone.

2. Now I’m trying to be the sole owner of a womens’ gym where the women learn how to recognize their potential and learn that sweating is not a bad thing even though I have no financial backing.

3.  Knows that women are the first to cancel anything good for themselves for the financial good of the family; which doesn’t help the bottom line $$

4.  Your sister can’t quit anything until it is a success

5.  Doesn’t have an eye for business and can’t recognize the pitfalls until it’s too late.

6.  She is generous to a fault and paying it forward is expected from all.

7.   She gives all she can to help women realize that they are powerful physically, psychologically, and spiritually.

8.  Doesn’t want to let anybody down and needs to build everybody up.

9  Every cloud has a silver lining, and even if it is tarnished, with hard work it will become shiny again

10.  Your sister is now so far in the hole that she could lose her house ‘cuz she can’t pay the business loan.

11.  And she really wishes the government, society and their families would recognize how truly important women really are.

12.  My husband has lived through 3 heart attacks, is deaf in both ears, blind in one eye and rapidly loosing sight in the other due to macular degeneration.  He needs me to care for him.  I can’t do that when I work 14 hours a day.

Wow, a lot of heavy stuff that even I didn’t know. The generous to a fault part is certainly true I know, and she never ever puts herself first – a trait of just about any woman.

So here’s what I’m asking for: 1) to reach out with your good ideas on how Lisa can save (and grow) her business so that it’s successful. Please post these in the comments section. 2) help her by making a donation, no matter how small. It’s not tax deductible, unfortunately, because I am not a registered charity. I do have a vested interest in seeing my sister succeed, so I appeal to your sense of empathy/sympathy.

The other thing I’m doing is listing a huge lot of vintage knitting pattern books, magazines and knitting supplies here on this site for sale. All proceeds will go directly to Lisa, after Paypal takes their 3%. Believe me, it’s cheaper and less hassle than listing this stuff on eBay. These items range in era from the 30s to the 80s, mostly baby and children’s patterns, but there are some adult patterns as well as some household decor items. First I’m going to catalog and photograph the stuff, and then I’m hoping folks will just email me [amypfei(at)myfairpoint(dot)net] and let me know what they’re after, what they’d like to pay for it. I will then send a payment request. There will be quantity discounts! Please stay tuned, this will take me a couple of days…


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