How Being Swindled Out of Thousands of Dollars Led to the Biggest Donation Ever

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Over the last 2 seasons, Main Street Theater’s productions have captured our hearts and turned my family into one that loves theater.  I am so pleased to announce that BigKidSmallCity is the sponsor of Main Street Theater’s summer show, Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical.  This show is sure to have kids singing and dancing in their seats from June 8 to August 3, 2014.

Let me share with you how we went from purchasing tickets to one show, to purchasing season tickets to sponsoring the whole dang production.

When my husband and I were newlyweds, we let ourselves get swindled out of thousands of dollars.  It was some great investment which wasn’t great at all.  After some heartache and a lot of swearing, we just pretended it never happened and made ourselves forget about the money.

Fast forward 10 years and, by some miracle, this investment actually turned back in to thousands of dollars.  We promptly cashed out and officially erased all bad memories.

Suddenly having an unbudgeted large sum of money is magical.  Of course, living in a 1920s shoebox of a house, and having 3 kids, there were plenty of things we could do with it.  But we wanted to do something that would be, well, magical.

My husband and I have a belief that money you give away comes back twofold, in the form of money or in good things.  Knowing that Main Street Theater reaches thousands of Houston families each year, we decided to give it all away.

And this is how being swindled 10 years ago lead to our involvement in the summer 2014 production of Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical at Main Street Theater.

I hope you will join me at Pippipalooza on June 8, 2014, where Main Street Theater is raising money for their education program, or for the weekend shows from June 8 to August 3, 2014.  Go just once and I bet you will be in love with this small theater.

Pippi The Musical Sponsored by BigKidSmallCity


This Thanksgiving, I am Thankful for the Webb Family

For the last several months, I have been following the Webb Family and their 3 year old’s fight with a  malignant brain tumor.  This Houston family was like any other, with 2 kids and 1 on the way.  In April, Carli and Christian took their healthy little boy to the doctor because he had headaches and was holding his head to the side.  After the first doctor sent them home with  ibuprofen, they went to the emergency room where a MRI showed the tumor.

Over the last 7 months, Liam and his family were the most courageous people I have known.  There were brain surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy and still they were thanking God for their blessings.

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Last week, Liam got his Angel wings.  Losing this courageous 4 year old boy to cancer is gut-wrenching.  I really do not have words to describe how I feel about childhood cancer, this mourning family and the thousands of broken hearts.

But I do know that there are thousands of broken hearts and that Liam taught each one lessons in courage and faith in his 4 years.  I also know that the Webb family’s story has changed my life.  On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for Christian, Carli, Kennedy, Liam and baby Presley.

To learn more about their story, go HERE.


Donate Supplies to Help Families in Moore, Oklahoma

FlagIf you want to help the Moore, Oklahoma families with supplies, a truck is headed up this weekend.  Tiffany from MyLitter.com and Paul from IHeartTheMart.com are collecting supplies in The Woodlands and delivering them on Memorial Day.

Items can be dropped of at The Woodlands Christian Church (1202 North Millbend Dr. The Woodlands 77380, weekdays from 9 am to 4pm and on Saturday and this Sunday).  If this is too far away and you want to donate supplies, I will collect them in the inner-loop and drive them to The Woodlands.  (Innerloop location to be announced.)  Contact me or leave a comment for details on the location.

Needed Supplies:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap laundry detergent
  • New towels and wash clothes
  • Toiletries – Shampoo, conditioner, razors etc.
  • Baby items – Diapers, wipes, etc.
  • New pillows
  • Sheets and blankets
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Paper Towels
  • Trash Bags
  • Pet Food

Tiffany and Paul are working with the Disciples of Christ church near Moore as a location to where we are dropping off these items. People will be getting some help from the Red Cross as far as gift cards to get supplies and some clothing.  The goal is to help them get through until they start getting insurance help.

Tiffany and Paul would also appreciate any connections to a large truck or trailer and gas cards!

 


The $20 Surprise for Me and You + The Multiplication of Money.

20Dollars5Read on to learn about James, the $20 surprise and what we will do with it…

This morning I was leaving HEB and I had Baby James pushing the cart with me. My preference is for him to ride in the cart, and his preference is to run in traffic, so this was a good compromise.

All was going well. James was listening and I don’t think I looked too frazzled.

Just seconds after we were outside, a man came up, smiled, and handed James $20 and told him, “Thank you for helping mom.”.

There was a time in my life that I would have refused or resisted the gift because I do not need $20. There are a lot of people that could use $20 more than me. I like having $20, but I will eat dinner without the gift.

But it is my belief now that we all have a need to help and give, and if I refuse a gift, I’m not allowing another person to give.

More than this, it is not my job to judge how people give. It is not up to me.

So I smiled warmly at the man and thanked him for the generous gift.

I really have no idea why we got the $20 bill this morning. But I do know that the gentleman was happy when he gave it to us. And although he did not know it at the time, his $20 has spurred more giving.

We plan to send our new $20 bill, plus a couple others, to Oklahoma Tornado victims.

And, more than this, I’ll send you a $20 bill in hopes that you will make it multiply as well. If you comment on the post, I’ll pick one person to get a $20 bill. No strings attached. Just a hope that you will make it multiply for good.


Held Over One More Week! Remember to Help Us Donate Up to $2,000 to Operation Pets Alive – All You Need to Do is Like Us!

Pubah5BigKidSmallCity supports the work of Operation Pets Alive (OPA) volunteers and their dedication to rescuing abandoned animals.  Did you know that Houston’s animal population is overcrowded but there are shelters in the Northeast that are desperate for dogs to adopt?  Operation Pets Alive rescues dogs and sends them to loving homes across the country.

To show Operation Pets Alive how much we appreciate their hard work, BigKidSmallCity will be donating up to $2,000!

For every “Like” on the BigKidSmallCity Facebook page, we will donate $1.00 to OPA, up to $2,000.

If you like OPA and you like knowing about all the events going on in Houston, for kids, “Like” BigKidSmallCity and have $1.00 donated to OPA!

Share with your friends and help us get to $2,000 by April 30!

 


Remember to Help Us Donate Up to $2,000 to Operation Pets Alive – All You Need to Do is Like Us!

BigKidSmallCity supports the work of Operation Pets Alive (OPA) volunteers and their dedication to rescuing abandoned animals.  Did you know that Houston’s animal population is overcrowded but there are shelters in the Northeast that are desperate for dogs to adopt?  Operation Pets Alive rescues dogs and sends them to loving homes across the country.

To show Operation Pets Alive how much we appreciate their hard work, BigKidSmallCity will be donating up to $2,000!

For every “Like” on the BigKidSmallCity Facebook page, we will donate $1.00 to OPA, up to $2,000.

If you like OPA and you like knowing about all the events going on in Houston, for kids, “Like” BigKidSmallCity and have $1.00 donated to OPA!

Share with your friends and help us get to $2,000 by April 23!

 


Help Us Donate Up to $2,000 to Operation Pets Alive – All You Need to Do is Like Us!

BigKidSmallCity supports the work of Operation Pets Alive (OPA) volunteers and their dedication to rescuing abandoned animals.  Did you know that Houston’s animal population is overcrowded but there are shelters in the Northeast that are desperate for dogs to adopt?  Operation Pets Alive rescues dogs and sends them to loving homes across the country.

To show Operation Pets Alive how much we appreciate their hard work, BigKidSmallCity will be donating up to $2,000!

For every “Like” on the BigKidSmallCity Facebook page, we will donate $1.00 to OPA, up to $2,000.

If you like OPA and you like knowing about all the events going on in Houston, for kids, “Like” BigKidSmallCity and have $1.00 donated to OPA!

Share with your friends and help us get to $2,000 by April 23!

 


Operation Pets Alive! & Happy Birthday Pubah!

Happy Birthday to my Mom! My kids call her Pubah and are correct in thinking she is the best Pubah in the entire world.  Pubah is also the best friend to all living creatures.  Her passion is rescuing animals through Operation Pets Alive.

In honor of her birthday, let me tell you a little about Operation Pets Alive.

Texas has a very big number of shelter dogs but other places in the United States have a shortage of rescues to adopt.  The Houston area is currently saving 40-60% of homeless pets but shelters in the Northeast save 99.9% of homeless pets.  Operation Pets Alive organizes rescue flights, through Cloud Nine Rescue, for homeless dogs in the greater Houston area.

Without sponsorship the flights would not be possible. You can sponsor a dog for approximately $200 or a whole flight for $5,000.  Go HERE to donate any amount.

Once a month, volunteer opportunities include helping with getting animals vetted for health certificates, photography, checking temperament, dog washing and helping with transport the morning of the flight. If you are interested in volunteering, go HERE or contact Operation Pets Alive.