Tuesday, June 12, 2007

opening our arms

When I decided to give Mad and all of the other social justice wedding brides an anniversary present to celebrate six months of Just Posts, I had no idea it what to expect. We set the goal of $1,000, thinking that that was quite a bit of money but also believing in what was possible. I had no idea how close we come. But as the week went on, I knew something amazing was unfolding.

Let us never allow anyone to downplay the power here. The collective ability to put our words into action, to come together to make a difference. In one ordinary week in June we managed to raise $1,555.00 for Open Arms and $1,170.00 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. An amazing grand total of $2,725.00. And all our money will go in the hands of people working directly with children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

There were over 38 donors in all - and I know everyone gave exactly what they could afford. I wish you could see me sitting here, looking at all of you beaming like a cheshire cat. We Did This.

We. Did. This.

I also want to thank so many of you who also took the time to write a post in support of our efforts. Your words traveled round the blogosphere encouraging and asking others to do the same. I can't thank you enough, truly.

Christine with open your hearts
Lawyer Mama with six month anniversary present
Karen with coming up for air
KC with a non cold call to arms
Mary with unjust world
Meno with in which i violate spirit if not letter
Gwen with look like angelina jolie with just one click
Mary with keeping darkness at bay
Slouching Mom with care to contribute?
Jill with open hearts and open minds and thembelihle
Alejna with putting my money where my mouse is
Bon with a plague of tone deaf locusts and a ladder to the stars
Bad with shark has pretty teeth
Neen with a postful of bloggity goodness
Hel with speaking our truths
Aliki with africa on our minds
Chani with not hand out but hand up
Flutter with open arms
Lucia with kudos to just posts
Julie with jon and julie go to a ballgame
Heather with worthy
Sin with just post
Kyla with just posts, open arms, and a moment of your time

You beautiful, beautiful Just Post partners. It is an honor. I'd marry all of you all over again if you'd have me. And Mad, you sexy librarian, you. Thank you for all the links and buttons and codes, humor and brains and love. You are truly the better half. Here's to another six months.

Thank you.


Hulai said...

wow thats an amazing accomplishment!

Christine said...

I'm astonished and excited! Image what we can continue to do. . .

mamatulip said...


slouching mom said...

Ahh, a nice piece of news on a Tuesday morning.

Lawyer Mama said...

WOW! I had no idea it was so much! Amazing is right.

Julie Pippert said...

That is so fantastic!!! Awesome!

Susanne said...


Hel said...

I am so proud of you.

I am sory I have not been as involved as I would have liked. First the exams and now I'm feeling a bit sad.

There is so much corruption and greed in this beautiful country. It steals from those whose need is the greatest.

I will have a good cry tonight and find the positive outlook I need.

Your enthusiasm will guide me.

Kyla said...

As I said at Mad's, it is a unbelievable amount. Who knew this community had such power? Simply amazing.

Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this, jen.

meno said...

Go us! We have the power.

QT said...

We DO have the power - and this is a major theme at BlogHer this year, too!

Kelly said...

This rocks, hardcore. Amazing, the power of the blogosphere.

KC said...

Total awesomeness. Go team!

thailandchani said...

This is what community is all about.... each person doing whatever he or she can in his or her own way.

That is why I've said the Just Posts is the best designed roundtable on the Internet ~ at least that I am aware of.



crazymumma said...

as I wrote to Mad...

thank you to YOU for pulling us all together and being such an inspiration.

may it all continue.

and may the giver always be thankful

flutter said...

and we love you, Jen

Karen Forest said...

I am honored to have been a part of something so beautiful.

Thanks for the opportunity and the education along the way.

Momish said...

That is so amazing and heart warming! You and Mad are really wonderful to gather such emotion and empathy from so many bloggers!

Cheers to exceeding your goals!

Deezee said...

a proud moment to see what focused energy can achieve!

Orangeblossoms said...

very cool.... very, very cool.

Mrs. Chicky said...

That's incredible. Congratulations!

Her Bad Mother said...

I'd marry both of you, and all the ladies here, and all the awesometastic big-hearted wonderpeople of the internet. And I'd do it twice.


K said...

I'm sorry I missed all of this, but I'm still going to make a contribution.