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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy Doesn't Happen By Itself

Here's a great way to start the New Year. I got this note from a girl I used to have as a student. See what a great good girl she turned out to be (even though she did not capitalize her name in her signature--I'll be speaking to her about that):

Hello my people,

For those of you who don't know, I work for an organization called Food on Foot. I have volunteered my Sundays for years, helping the homeless and needy in Hollywood, because it's a program that I believe in. I know we all have our personal causes so if this is something you're not into, please ignore this plea...

Right now, we have a chance to win a charity contest on Yahoo. Food on Foot is one of 5 finalists for a $50,000 prize, and the charity that receives the highest number of individual donors (not the total amount donated) will win the prize -- but I need your help before 9PM ON DECEMBER 31ST!

The minimum donation is $10 (credit card only) and must be made on the following web site: http://advision.webevents.yahoo.com/cybergiving2007

Yahoo has agreed to MATCH your donation, so your contribution of $20 will mean $40 for Food on Foot. We only have TWO DAYS to reach our goal, and our biggest competition is a lame charity for a breed of dog I've never heard of -- it's a CLOSE RACE which is why I'm reaching out to you...

Believe me, I hate mass emails as much as you -- but if you need a quick tax write-off before the end of 2007, please donate today and email all of your friends about our great cause. Please help us continue the dream of giving everyone a job opportunity and a chance to be self-sufficient and off government assistance.

How are you by the way? Have a happy and healthy New Year, and thank you for reading this,

(For more information about our programs please visit:http://www.foodonfoot.org)

We managed to put together $10 from the couch change, literally the pocket change and the quarter the Sister Mary Fiacre was sitting on. But it means we donated $20 because of the matching funds! We feel like Bill Gates!

It seems I taught Suzy well about the order of animals and people, from her comments. When last I checked Food on Foot was out in front.

If this idea doesn't float your boat, please think about how you're going to begin this year. The meek shall inherit the earth. Let's make the earth a nice place to inherit.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this info on your blog. I really appreciate the opportunity to help out.....most of us can afford $10 to earn a $20 donation for Food on Foot. My donation's in and I was able to use Paypal!
Kim from Michigan

Anonymous said...

The dog people are ahead by 11! Hurry!

Anna B. said...

Sister Mary Martha,

Gladly donated.

Anna :-)

Sister Mary Martha said...

Thanks so much for your donations! I had a message from Suzy, who promises to capitalize her proper names from now on. She is so excited.

Eddie said...

Sister Mary Martha,
I hope you and your co-sisters have a Happy New Year!
Eddie Hunter

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I have a question about patron saints. Who would be a good patroness for quilters -- or even just people who sew? Thanks for any help.

Anonymous said...

According to catholic-forum.com, the patron saints of embroiderers are:

* Clare of Assisi
* Francis of Assisi
* Louis IX
* Parasceva
* Rose of Lima

Terry Nelson said...

Happy New Year to you Sister!

Julie D. said...

Happy New Year back atcha, Sistah! :-)

Kelly Thatcher said...

Merry Christmas, Sister.

(It's still Christmas, folks!) :-)

Kelly Thatcher said...


How come all our names are in lower case letters, hmmmm??? Sister? (Poor suzy). ;-)

Therese said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to you sister. It looks like foot on foot has won.

Tom in Vegas said...

Happy and blessed New Year to you and to the other Sisters who are a part of your life.

I don't comment much on your blog, but I do stop by often to follow your word.

Again, blessings and a happy 2008!


Anonymous said...

Did Food on Foot win? We were in Mexico and didn't know about the competition. Rats!

Speaking of Mexico (nice segue), we spotted statues of a saint in several locations that we couldn't identify. He was balding, had a long white beard, an unpleasant look on his face, and a skull at his feet. Does anyone know what saint this is? And why he was in a Nativity scene? And why chickens and turkeys were there, too?

A happy and blessed new year to you and yours, Sister, and to all your faithful blog readers!

Anonymous said...

Mexico sounds way more fun than the stomach flu, which is where I was. I hope Suzy's group won!

I thought it was the Greek who would inherit the earth. Did I hear wrong?

Anonymous said...

I don't know who the sulky saint with the skull might be, but as for chickens and turkeys, why not? If Jesus was born in a manger with sheep and oxen and donkeys (see the very nice link to Father Z. that Sister provided us with last entry), surely there were some sort of barnyard fowl around as well. People tend to make their nativity scenes with familiar touches. We spent part of the holidays in a coastal town in Mexico where the manger scene was set against an ocean backdrop, and Baby Jesus slept in a huge clamshell! Sounds odd, but it seemed very fitting for the place, and for the young and enthusiastic congregation.