Hopefully you know by now, that my mission with Generous Savings is to help you save more so that you can give more. Whether it be providing for your families with coupons or hot deals, or donating to a local food pantry or helping a friend in need.
Life is fragile:
Lately I have been reminded of how frail life is, how we really are just a breath, a vapor . Each day is a gift. Nothing is guaranteed. About 7 weeks ago, I shared on the Generous Savings Facebook page, about my dear friend’s wife who was in a coma. My friend Seth and his wife Kris are my age. They have a son a year younger than my oldest son. Kris had a sinus infection that went horribly wrong and led to meningitis and encephalitis. She was functioning one day and in a coma the next.
It could have been me or you or anyone…
This story has struck me on so many levels. Sure, it is my friends wife. I am also close with his parents, so it is their dear daughter in law. Sure I feel for them and my heart breaks for them. But there is something more to this story. I feel like this could be me, this could be one of my close mom friends. It is only by grace and mercy that it isn’t me. But as a wife, a mom of a young boy, I am just reminded that we really are just a vapor and nothing is guaranteed.
Follow Kris’s progress:
Thankfully Kris is out of the ICU and is stable. It was very touch and go there for a while. Thank you to all who have prayed for her. She has just moved to a rehab. Her eyes are opened and she is breathing on her own. You can follow her progress at the facebook page her family started for her here.
Thankfully, insurance is covering most of her medical bills. However, I have been able to really see how having a loved one in the hospital/rehab can really drain your finances. First of all, Kris obviously hasn’t been at work in over 7 weeks, so she hasn’t been earning a paycheck to help pay the bills. Seth, her husband has been with her at the hospital as much as he can. Which means he is working less and bringing in less money, not to mention the amount of money he is spending on gas to get to and from the rehab each day. (It is an hour or two from his home). Plus, what is he eating in the hospital? I have forgotten to ask, but I am sure that is an expense.
Kris will be in therapy for a very very long time, probably at least a year according to the doctors.
How you can help:
There are a few ways you can help and I even thought of some ways that you can promote your own businesses and help Kris at the same time
- Pray (if you believe in prayer, please pray for Kris. )
- Donate $$ – you can donate money or gift cards by contacting them through their church here, so that you can write it off on your taxes
- Donate items from your business- If you have a small business, etsy shop, personal sales business, huge stockpile, etc, you can donate something to be sold at the silent auction they are having to benefit Kris on March 2nd.
Silent auction donation ideas:
Here are some ideas I have come up with and some more information of donating items to the silent auction:
- If you own a small business, personal sales business, or etsy shop consider making a pretty gift certificate to your shop and donate that. OR even better come up with a product to donate, this way people will see your product in the flesh! Or get a few friends together who also own a business and each of you donate a small item and make a gift basket up!
- If you don’t own a small business but have a big stockpile, consider making a themed gift basket from your stockpile items. It could be like a shaving basket with his/her razors and shave cream, or a Glade gift basket of candles and air fresheners. Or Just a personal care basket with shampoo, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.Remember, people will be there to spend money to support Kris and Seth. I am sure they would rather buy a basket full of toiletries and stock their linen closet with the money going to Kris and Seth, than purchase those items a their local store!
- If you have a creative talent like painting, you can donate a painting or handcrafted item to sell.
How to promote your business at the silent auction
- Label all your products you are donating with your business info, don’t forget to include your name, business name, website, and email address.
- Enclose extra business cards, they can either lay them around your donated item for people to take, or I can hand them out or something. I will figure something out!
- Your business info will be included in the program, that will be handed out to everyone, so everyone in attendance will see that you donated and see your business information.
- Expand your clientele- Chances are you don’t live in Massachusettes and this can be another way for you to expand your clientele WHILE helping others at the same time!!
- IF YOU DONATE something, I WILL give your business a facebook shoutout and link back to your website on my Generous Savings facebook page during the evening (peak) hours sometime in March! Please make sure you notify me with the info that you want shouted out, what you donated, etc.
Ok, so how are you going to get it there? Well, if you live in eastern upstate NY or western Massachusettes, you can drop off your items at the church. Please let them know that you learned about this from Stephani from Generous Savings.
You can also mail your items to the church. Again, please let them know that you learned about this from Stephani from Generous Savings.
Another possibility, is that if you are local to Somerset, NJ, we can meet up somewhere and I can get your items. I would like to go to this event, and if I have stuff that has to be there, well, then that will just have to be the push that gets me there.
I really think this is a great way to help others and help your business grow at the same time!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or if you want to donate etc. Please put Kris and seth Benefit donation in the subject, if you are sending me an email!
Also, remember, you can make a financial contribution or you can donate gift cards to the family via the church. You will be able to write these donations off on your taxes.
Thank you for listening. If you have any other creative ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them!