Thursday, November 17, 2011

3 Gifts on Thursday

Welcome back to the 2nd installment of "3 Gifts on Thursday." For previous 3 Gifts installments, click here. If you would like to have a "gift" featured in this series, please see the bottom of this post for details.

1.Gift of Encouragement
For a couple of years, I've been reading the CaringBridge journal of Kate McRae's mom. Kate was diagnosed with brain cancer and valiantly has been fighting an extremely tough battle. Thankfully, they learned yesterday that her MRI scan remains stable...good news in this tenuous fight. And, as only the Lord can do in the midst of great challenges and pain, He showed the McRae's how to bring light into the lives of those warring against cancer. Two years ago, they began the "Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas" project - a way of getting gifts to kids in the cancer ward.  This year, the family also will "adopt" families facing pediatric cancer.

Here are some of the details from the McRae's journal for how you can participate, but you also can check out their journal here for continued updates (you might have to sign up- it's free though).

1. Donate new toys, movies, or games. Everything must be new.
2. Donate gift cards to grocery stores, gas stations, and various stores - many of these are needed.
3. Follow the link to Sign Up Genius to sign up to donate a very specific item for a family - items will continue to be added in the coming weeks.

 ALL items can be sent to Kate's Crazy Cool Christmas @ PO Box 2200 Higley, AZ 85236. If there are questions or difficulties in mail contact the family at

picture from the Macs blog
2. Gift of a Great Giveaway
I've always enjoyed reading Jess's blog, especially the way she writes about her children.This week, she is hosting a week of great giveaways. There are 5 separate giveaways which will end on Saturday, November 19. If you like sock monkey's you'll especially love Tuesday's giveaway. Happy entering!

3. Gift of Great Eco-Friendly Wrapping Ideas

picture from the Upcycler's blog
Often I spend so much time creating a gift, that I fail to leave time to wrap it. Which often means I dig through my now-dwindling stash of store-bought gift bags, trying to find one that matches the occasion and isn't (too) wrinkly.

But after seeing these ideas on the Upcycler's blog, it has inspired me to think beyond the proverbial gift bag and search around the house for other sources of wrapping material.

If you have a "gift" you'd like me to consider wrapping into a 3 Gifts on Thursday package, please email me the details. It can be anything you are hosting or have heard about: from a giveaways to service projects, household/parenting tips, resources, promotions/coupon codes, items such as books, music, movies, etc (ones available for purchase online). If I choose to incorporate your gift suggestion into a 3 Gifts post, I will email you to let you know when it will be featured.

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