I don't know what to say except a straight-from-the-heart, all-caps THANK YOU.
In only three days of link sharing and generous donations by inspiring friends (some I haven't seen in years), a fabulous landlady, and a giving stranger or two, I HAVE ALREADY SURPASSED MY PERSONAL FUNDRAISING TARGET FOR LA CASA DE PANCHITA. [squeal!] Truly, thank you all for making this happen and putting such a big smile on my face. Expectations exceeded. Full stop.
If I haven't thanked you personally, I will. But there were a bunch of you who donated anonymously: do you wanna come out of the shadows? I'd love to bow down to you, kiss your feet, make a shrine.
We are still taking donations for La Casa de Panchita up until January 24 -- all funds now go directly to the agency; however tiny the amount, it makes an incredible impact on their programming. The ladies will be ever so grateful:
Alternatively, if you'd like to funnel your donation somewhere local, I'm all for that. If you need suggestions, here are two organizations that have given me a slice of hope this year:
The Alzheimer's Society of Canada
Redemption Reintegration Services
Thanks, all. You've helped put a bow on the end of 2013. XOX, and happy new year