Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Years Thanks....

“Every good act is charity. A man's true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.”

May I take this moment to Thank all of those who stepped forward and donated to "Practice for the children Pendant" charity for the children of Operation Shanti this year. We will continue on into the New Year in hopes of raising even more money for the children..
that their New Year will be as hopeful and as rich as all of ours.

We have raised $2080.00 and sold 115 pendants this year!
A dream come true for me...
as I aimed high, but this was so much higher than I even imagined!

I have more pendants en route to my home...
so if you would like one, just click on the "Pendant" button to the right and it will take you directly to Paypal where for $34.00 I will ship anywhere in the world!

Here are some of the places they have gone...
Florida, Chicago, Alabama, Australia, Canada, Kuala Lumpur, India, Rhode Island, Oregon, Maryland, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Utah, Wisconsin, United Kingdom, Hawaii, Ireland, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Germany, Costa Rica, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, Japan (LOTS to Japan!!) New York, New Jersey, and Many to California!!

They are covering the globe~ and it is just so amazing and exciting~
so again I Thank You All~
May your New Year be Blessed and your Hearts be Peaceful

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Lights at Karunya Mane..and.....

the kids got some Christmas Lights this year at Karunya Mane!!!
It looks so Magical...I can only imagine how they must sit at night out side and look at the lights and savor them..how special and wonderful!

I have some GREAT news!!
On this very special eve of Christmas~~~
we had another Big order from Shiho in Japan!! She has been a Huge supporter of the "Practice for the children Pendants" and she got another TEN!!!
We have hit 111 "Practice for the children Pendants"~~~~and we have raised...are you ready...??? $2020.00 for the children of Operation Shanti!!!!
All in Three small months~~~~
The wonder of it all~~wow~~~the wonder of it all...

May you have a Blessed Christmas Day.
I know I feel blessed..so deeply blessed.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas in India!

Christmas at Karunya Mane!
Oh..how I wish I were there to help....

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Once upon a time.....

there was a little girl named Holly...

Holly lived in the United Kingdom. One day her Mom, Jacqueline heard about a woman in the US selling some pendants for an organization in Mysore, India called Operation Shanti..the money raised went to the children of Operation Shanti. For things like food, medicine, education and the basic necessities needed just to live.

Holly's Mom bought some pendants from the woman in the US and gave one to Holly..
they both loved the idea of what the pendants represented. "Do your Practice and All is Coming"....

Holly was turning 12 in December and was planning her birthday party. One day shortly after receiving her pendant, Holly told her Mom that she wanted to make her birthday invitations from the card that was sent with the pendant. It was a card with one of the little girls from Operation Shanti on the front, Sumitra was her name to be exact!

Holly made her invitations for her 12th Birthday Party and told all of her friends who would be attending her party that instead of them bringing her presents for her Birthday, that she would like them to instead make a donation to the children of Operation Shanti in Mysore, India.

(now this is where the author of this story takes a little break, as the tears well up in her eyes and she is unable to see the keyboard for a moment)

Holly's Big Day arrived and all of her friends came to her party..some brought gifts And a donation..but they All brought donations..LOTS of donations...
they brought so many donations to Holly's party that the children of Operation Shanti now have an extra $300.00 added to their "Practice for the children Pendant" money!!!
Now totaled at $1855.00~~~all since September 2009.

And this is where the author of this story would like to take a moment and tell Holly and her Mom and All of her wonderful friends Thank You so Very Much for doing such a beautiful thing for the children in Mysore, India.
You are all such compassionate, thoughtful, loving girls and that I hope you know how much this means to the children and to myself...
you have warmed my heart and made me even more sure that this Big Beautiful world we all inhabit, is really not so big after all...and we are kindred spirits living half a world away and I love and adore you all more than words can say~

Holly is away at a "wee little cottage in the snow" with her friends for the week..but when she returns her Mom promises to send me a photo of Holly wearing her "Practice for the children Pendant"...that little necklace that sparked an idea..and then traveled all the way across the globe to India.

"There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave."
-- Henry Ward Beecher


Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Huge Donation.....

I will have to wait until the weekend when I receive the photographs...
but I have a little story to share with you all about a little girl by the name of Holly in the United Kingdom, her Birthday Party this year, and her girlfriends who attended Hollys party...and what they gave instead of gifts...

I assure you, it is Not to be missed.
Stay tuned....


Friday, December 11, 2009

The Hut

Just got these in an email from Operation Shanti!

marianne's creative project while in mysore, with the help of shirley and adeline, was painting our little hut.

these are some of the children who are benefiting from your purchase of a "Practice for the children Pendant"in Mysore, India!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Life is but a dream...

is what popped into my head this morning when I woke up.
It was the first thing that came to me...

Life is but a dream...

Sometimes these days I feel as if I am living a dream in fact.
A very Nice dream..

They say "You sew what you reap" and it is so very true, as I am finding out.

I want to say that I am just so very Thankful to all of the people in my life, even those who I had no idea I would be Thankful for.
They say that you learn from everyone whom you come into contact with..
I am finding that to be true as well.

Funny how you don't realize it at the time..who ever does?
Life is filled with Blessings and Lessons...
we just need to take notice and there it is right in front of our eyes.

And on another note...

We have now sold ONE HUNDRED "Practice for the children Pendants"~
and we have raised an AMAZING $1555.00 for some of the most precious and grateful children I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with in Mysore, India!
This in itself fills my heart with more Joy and Happiness than most will ever realize.

But those who know me best, know this is true. And they also know that nothing would make me happier than to see this number just keep on getting bigger~ and it is!
Because when you are a former child of the streets in India...and you are placed in a warm, loving, safe environment as these children are now..that they could never take one single solitary thing for granted.
And that they are a handful of the "Lucky" ones..
it feels so good to make a difference in their lives.
I hope all of those who have purchased a "Practice for the children Pendant" Really know how much you have done..even though most of you have told me privately that
"It is such a small donation, but I am happy to help"

Nothing about giving is Small...
It is HUGE!
So Huge you cannot even Imagine!

I Love and Appreciate you All~ and I hope you know how much I mean this.
OM Shanti~