over the last 7+ months countless friends, family members and complete strangers have helped me deal with the loss of my wife, 27 hours after she gave birth to our daughter. i never imagined that i would find such a tremendous support system by simply writing about my experiences on my blog. without asking, we’ve been lucky enough to have been given enough toys, clothing, formula, diapers, etc. to quite literally, fill our house from floor to ceiling. we’ve used what we can and donated what we can’t. also, with the help of total strangers, a 5k run/walk was organized to honor liz and to date, (thanks to $7 donations from many of you), we’ve raised and distributed over $4300 to widows and widowers facing similar circumstances. i can’t tell you what a difference these gifts/donations have meant to me and to madeline, and i’ve been thinking long and hard about ways that i can help spread this generosity in the hopes of helping others who need it more than us.
a little over a month ago, singlemindedwomen.com (a site for which i guest-blog) approached me and asked if i’d like to partner with them to help out a charity of my choice. they provided me with a list of charities, one of which really caught my attention…my stuff bags foundation is a non-profit organization that provides abused, abandoned, and neglected childrenóranging in age from newborn to 18 years oldóthroughout the united states with personal belongings to help fulfill their needs and lend a sense of comfort as they are shepherded through the foster care system. using the online gift registry, charitable givers can purchase essential items like clothing, books, art supplies, and toys, which will be forwarded on to the my stuff bags foundation.
for those of you who’ve gotten to know me over the past few months, you know where i stand politically. if you click through to the site, you may be surprised to find that their spokesperson is someone with whom i disagree politically. despite this, i wholeheartedly support this charity for all the good that they’ve done for abused, abandoned and neglected children. now…i’m not asking for anything here, but if you’re looking for a way to make a difference this holiday season, this organization is a great one. if you’re hoping to send something to madeline, instead please consider donating the equivalent amount to my stuff bags so that other children can feel the love of countless people they will never meet.
click the image below for more information…
thanks to singlemindedwomen.com for setting this up.
and special thanks to you for everything you do.
madeline and matt
(you should definitely continue to send us the artwork that your kids create for madeline…she loves it).
(oh…and if you want to place the charity badge on your web page, just drop me a line at mtlogelin (at) hotmail.com and i’ll send it your way).
(this post will be updated wednesday morning with a press release from singlemindedwomen.com).