Monday, January 21, 2008

1.22.08 Butterfly Garden Brag Book Cover Page- IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ THIS POST!!

So I've been wanting to give back some, as I've been so blessed since starting this blog, and I can't think of a better charity to donate to than the FISHER HOUSE PROGRAM(Click on name for more info). This worthy foundation supports military families worldwide when they most need it, providing housing to families of wounded soldiers and those with family members who need medical help unavailable to them wherever they are stationed.

Recently, while my DH was serving 15 months in Iraq, a dear friend of ours was nearly killed when a rocket attack hit their FOB (Forward Operating Base) our friend was not expected to live, as the rocket hit so closely to him. Miraculously though, with the quick actions of fellow soldiers and great medical care, he did survive. My dear friend had two small children (under the age of 4) and needed desperately to be near her husband until he recovered enough to be transfered back here to Hawaii. Thanks to Fisher House, she and her boys not only had a place to live, but every time they came home from the hospital, they were greeted with snacks, drinks and meals. "A lifesaver" is what she called the program.

The Fisher House Program offers many other benefits to military families, but this one service touched me dearly. Soooo... in the spirit of giving back I will be offering a Fisher House Brag Book (4x6, 300 dpi, .png file format) made from my popular Butterfly Garden Kit. Each day I will post 1 page as a freebie and the link will only be good for 24 hours. When all of the freebies have been given out, I will offer the brag book for sale at Digital Candy, the proceeds of which (my personal proceeds that is) will be given as a direct donation to the Fisher House Program. In addition, for those of you who may catch all of the pages for free on my blog I will accept donations via PayPal for the Fisher House (simply put FISHER HOUSE DONATION in the subject line of your paypal payment and I will add those funds to any funds raised by the sale of the brag book). If you would prefer to simply donate directly to the Fisher House Program, please feel free to do that as well! Simply click HERE for their secure online donation form.

Please note that only 2.5% of your donation goes to administration costs for this foundation, which means that over 97% of what you give goes directly to help a soldier and his or her family members!

AGAIN - the links for each page will only be available for 24 hours beginning at approximately midnight Hawaii Standard Time (5:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) I know that I have many readers from all over the world with different time zones, which is why the link for this this first COVER PAGE for the brag book will be active for 48 hours. This way, everyone will have a chance to read this post and ensure that they come back daily for all the pages.

Remember, if you plan on sharing any of my files, PLEASE simply send a link to my blog so that friends and family members can download the files themselves? This way I have a record of downloads and visitors and they too will have the opportunity to donate!

Please consider donating to this worthy cause and enjoy your brag book!

Sorry! This post has been edited to remove this link - the brag book and ALL of it's pages will be available for purchase at Digital Candy when the freebies are finished - proceeds to go to the FISHER HOUSE PROGRAM!

Click HERE to purchase the full Butterfly Garden Kit

Click on the DONATE button to your left to contribute to Pineapple Plantation Designs OR to the Fisher House Program!


Jennifer said...

As a fellow Army wife, I want to say Thank YOU very much for what you are doing. You are an amazing designer and such a caring person to donate the proceeds from this. I can't wait to see all the pages of the brag book.

I hope your friend is recovering well! Best of luck with your PCS!

Shell said...

This is such a wonderful thing you're doing. We donate to the Fisher House here at Landstul. Thanks so much for your caring & generosity.

ChrissyWdigital said...

fantastic idea!!! love the kit too - can't wait to see the pages!

Sue said...

I'm a military brat and understand that ANY help to military families is awesome. Thank you so much for doing this. I can't wait to see all the pages. Blessing to you.

Crystal said...

What a wonderful cause to support! I can't wait to get my hands on that brag book...I'm so lovin' the Butterfly Garden kit as it is! Thanks so much for all your hard work and lovely creations.

Michelle said...

My husband just returned from a 15 month deployment... this is a great thing you are doing. Thank you!

Stefani said...

My brother and his wife are stationed at Schofield with you and are getting ready to PCS as well (helicopter pilot). I LOVE what you are doing with this brag book and donating to the Fisher house. It brings tears to my eyes! Thank you!

ginnie said...

My DH is a veteran (Viet Nam) of over 40 years and supports many charities today. He also supports Fisher House, Wounded Warriors and many other foundations that take care of our dear men and women that are fighting for us. I will join you in asking each person that visits your site to donate, even if it is only pennies. Pennies turn into dollars and it is the dollars that can save many lives. Thank you for making this opportunity available as there are some that may not think that maybe the small amount that they may be able to afford would be worth it or they may not know where or how to go about the process.
I apologize for the rambling but these causes are also very near and dear to my this type of help was not available 40 years ago.