I’m not sure about everyone else but watching what these Hurricane’s are doing right now brings me to tears at times.  Since the devastation of Harvey started Stampin’ Up! demonstrators have been coming up with ideas on how to help each other and those around us.  For many years I’ve been part of a group called Sudden Response and when a fellow demonstrator suffers a business loss due to things like fires and flooding, and other natural disasters this group tries to help them reboot their Stampin’ Up! business by offering supplies.  We are set up to help those that need it as soon as they are able to accept products – I’ve been keeping tabs on the group so that I can help fellow demonstrators directly through them.  For some demonstrators this is their family income – they really do survive on this.  Now Irma is knocking at the door and hitting much closer to home.  We have friends in family in Florida and I live here in Georgia.  Where I am we shouldn’t get much more than extra rain and wind.  We already have a family friend that’s evacuated and at my mother-in-laws house around the corner from us.  I’ve been in touch with other family members who so far are staying put.  But our house is here if they need it.

So here is a message from Stampin’ Up! –

“Along with many of you, we are watching with concern as stories unfold about the devastation left behind in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Though no one knows how many lives have been affected, Harvey is said to be one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, and the damage caused by massive flooding will be felt for years to come.

With you, we’re also trying to stay informed on the progress of Hurricane Irma; as we write this, Irma has not yet made landfall but is currently classified as a catastrophic Category 5 storm. It will almost certainly leave as much destruction in its wake as Hurricane Harvey and will affect the lives of tens of thousands of people.

As a Stampin’ Up! family, we invite you to help us give to those who are now (or will soon be) trying to rebuild their lives. From now until the end of October, Stampin’ Up! will match donations made to the American Red Cross, dollar-for-dollar, for up to $50,000. Please click here to donate.

If you’re a Stampin’ Up! customer and would like to help, reach out to your demonstrator and see if they are holding any fundraising events you can be a part of, or click here to donate to the American Red Cross.

Together, we can do incredible things! We hope you’ll join us . . . because we truly can make a difference.”

For the rest of September and the month of October I’ll use the sales from all the cards on my card rack to help purchase new products for those demos affected and seeking help in our group.  And for any orders placed in my ONLINE Store I’ll make a donation to the link above so that Stampin’ Up! can match the amount.  SHOP NOW.

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Thanks for supporting me, Stampin’ Up! and those affected by the hurricanes.