It has now been 4 years since our world was turned upside down, 4 years ago to this day we were packing up the moving truck that was filled with all of our belongings as Tom would be put on medical leave (without pay) from the Air Force. For 2 weeks while he finished up every thing he needed to do we would live in the base hotel for 2 weeks and then off we went to live with my parents, because at that point we did not have the financial means to get a place of our own. After spending 5 years in the military and on our own it felt like we were had started at just 5 years prior. Worse then any of the financial hardships we had faced on the pay that Tom was making in the military, and me working at a fast food joint and couponing to survive.
When we moved we got just enough unemployment to cover the bills and nothing extra and even though it was months away I was trying to figure out how to make a Christmas for my kids. It was a God send when a few weeks before Christmas a letter came in the mail with a check for $250, the check was from the church and when I called to ask who to thank they told me they person wanted to be left anonymous.By someone else’s generosity paired with sales my kids had a Christmas.
This year I want to give back, I want to help those in need have a Christmas and so I have decided to ask you all to help me so we can make multiple families have a Christmas. The best part is it will cost you nothing additional out of your pocket then what you were already going to spend.
At Zulily.com whenever someone signs up under me and makes their first purchase I get a $15 credit. What I am going to do this year is take all the credits I earn and purchases toys and gifts and then I am going to bring them to the church who helped me out 4 years ago so they can help out families in the church who are wondering where Christmas will be coming from. So if you are not a member of Zulily yet, please sign up under me and then when you make your purchases through November 10 (to give enough time for the items to ship to me since it can take a few weeks and so I have time to donate them in time) I will then use all the credits that I get to order toys and other items to help people in need.
I am also going to be donating things that companies send to me as well. As you know when I do a product review or a feature on MidgetMomma.com the company sends me a product. With the holiday gift guide companies are sending products that I do not need to take out of the packages, in exchange for featuring them and so I am going to be taking a bunch of what is sent to me and donating that as well.
For those who have asked if they can help with out using Zulily because they already signed up I have set up a GoFundMe account here where you can donate if you would like to.