Saturday, June 12, 2010

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

There are some people in the world who give with their hearts... who brighten the cloudy days, and soothe the angry words. Who reach out and nurture. People who we can't help but love, people who make a difference.

Yet they do have their own problems, and when they ask for help, you know that they really need it. It's amazing to see how many people are coming together to help our dearest friend Melissa Gaulding.

Mel's husband has cancer, and it is crucial that they are able to pay the medical bills, to keep the care coming. When she let us know that she is desperate enough to sell her beloved collection, gathered over years, in order to pay for what Herman needs, the options were clear....

There will be a series of auctions, sales, and fund raisers for people to participate in, which will be hosted on this website:

It is quickly and beautifully being put together by Heather Malone-Bogle, and there will be updates frequently, so bookmark it and keep going back. Please note: don't... I repeat DON'T... use the word 'donation' or anything like that, because paypal will shut down her account if they see it. We aren't running a scam, but they don't know that, and we can't risk causing her problems. Check it twice before you submit your payment, and thank you for your help!

There is already one auction up, for a gorgeous Ferseyn painted by the uber-talented Karen Gerhardt, you can see it here:

ALL of the funds will go to Melly, and Auction Barn is waiving the auction fees! Everyone wants Melly to have the most that we can give her.

I will be working on a horse, as well.... Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig and I own the last bisque Tango, and we have decided to donate it. I will glaze him and put him up as soon as possible on Auction Barn. 100% to Melly, of course. Other people have already pledged or donated, see the list of donors on the website, and watch it grow as our help for Melly grows!

Several of us will also be glazing tiles that have been sculpted, pressed, and fired by Sarah Minkiewicz-Breunig. Those tiles will be available as soon as they can be finished.

When we give with our hearts, we find purpose beyond our everyday existence. We find strength and resolve. Please help however you can. Every little bit makes a difference. For Mel.

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