Our friend Jeff passed away May 18, 2011. You may read his obituary here.
My friend's husband has terminal cancer. He has been fighting metastatic bladder cancer for several years. Around Thanksgiving last year, looking for something I could do to help, I asked if collecting gift cards for them would be beneficial. Since he was not able to work and she had taken a leave of absence from her job as a teacher, she agreed quickly that it would make a huge difference.
I sent an email to maybe 50 people, posted something on my Facebook, Tweeted about it. The rest is nothing short of amazing. Within days, neighbors who have never met my friends, dropped off gift cards. Within the week, I got more gift cards in the mail. Gift cards were brought instead of gifts to a Christmas party. And so on and so on.
I lost count of the amount that was collected. I know that groceries, school supplies and Christmas gifts for their kids were bought without worry. In fact, the last of the cards was just recently used.
So I am starting again. This time collecting gift cards in any amount from $5 - $100 to distribute to people I know about with cancer to brighten up an otherwise dark time in their lives.
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