Caravan4Christmas

Bringing joy this Christmas to the children most affected by hurricane Katrina through the charitable donation of gifts.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Money!

I really do love checking the mail these days. After the good news from the IRS, now I received our first monetary donation. Unlike our first toy donation, I cannot really post a photo of the check or anything. I can tell you that it was from a certain (and my personal favorite) partner at the law firm I worked this summer. He and his wife gave us a hefty amount to get started. It's not $0 and it's not $1,000. It's about halfway in between. That's a lot of money. I had to look twice thinking my eyes were deceiving me.

What a great way to start!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Set-backs...steps forward

Two months from this past Sunday, I will be getting up at an EXTREMELY early hour of the morning, hopping into a large truck (hopefully with a few friends) filled with toys and driving them to my home state to deliver them to the families displaced by the hurricanes. That's pretty dang exciting. On the other hand, we sure do have a lot of work!

We had a meeting last night and I knew that I was going into this meeting with a heavy heart. Two of my four committee members recently took jobs away from DC and will be leaving town within a few weeks. Aside from the fact that these are two of my dearest friends, they are also two people I need by my side to make this work. I was getting a little down and beginning to wonder if this is going to work out. Then, I checked my messages. I got a phone call from an IRS agent saying she is recommending immediate approval of C4C and I should have a letter in my mailbox by the end of the week.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THIS MEANS??? This means by the end of the week, we are a legitimate tax exempt organization. This means we can tell everyone that their donations are tax deductible. Since I was not expecting this status until mid-November (at the earliest), this means we can get the ball rolling sooner. (On a side-note, this also means that I totally ROCK at doing tax paperwork on my own even though everyone around told me 'you need a lawyer, there is no way you can do this'. Lawyer-schmawyer. I'm paying $34k a year so someone can call me 'lawyer' in a few years...maybe I just wanted to start acting like one a little sooner;-)

Seriously, though, this is a huge leap forward and is really going to enable us to being to move on this. Look for more frequent updates!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Our first

We got our first "in kind" donation this weekend!!! In addition to a large Elmo, we also got a large box filled with 100+ Beanie Babies. YAY!

Holly deserves the credit for this one:-)


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Website Setback

Nothing great ever comes easy. As I am sure some of you noticed, the website is stalling a bit. We are working to get things "complete", but Hurricane Rita put a kink in that plan. Our website designer, Steven, hails from Abbeville, Louisiana...one of the towns that Rita destroyed. Although he and his wife's families are okay, his friends have all gotten quite a bit of rain and mud dumped into what used to be their homes. That being said (and because I don't know the first thing about websites), bear with us while we get things up and running soon.