Life has been busy with summer here and trying to get prepared to fly with all the kids to Michigan. I wanted to give everyone an update on our fundraising efforts for the service dog.
We did have a small change in plans. We found a new organization to get our service dog through. Dogwish, a non-profit organization, has placed over 150 service dogs. They are located in LA, California. We went and met Bob, the owner about a month ago. He is so kind and has a child who has mild autism. He understands our lives and what we need. He feels confident that the service dog will benefit Noah and Aubrey as well! We feel so blessed to met him. Because he is a non-profit organization, the cost of the service dog is significantly less.
We are doing excellent with our fund raising, thanks to all the support. We only have about $4,000 left to raise, which will cover the cost of the dog, supplies we need, and travel expenses.
Our service dog's name will be Millie! She is about 5 months old right now. She will come to live with us at the beginning of November, as long as we have raised the money to pay for her.
We have a few fundraisers planned. Our next one will be a spegetti dinner on July 13th, 2012 in Michigan. We are hoping to see a lot of family and friends there. We will also be doing another Gold Canyon candle fundraiser in the next couple months, once the new scents come out. We will also be having a few more garage sales, which is how we made a lot of money, so if anyone has something to donate, we will gladly take it!
Thank you again for all your support. We are so excited to have Millie join our family!
Thank you all so much for donating to help James. He asks every day "Is the green line big enough yet?" It grows a bit with each donation and I assure him that we will get there. We have cleaned out the kids bedrooms for the upcoming garage sale. It is amazing how much they were willing to part with for their service dog. James' behaviors continue to escalate and his doctors want to medicate him. Tim and I believe strongly in trying every other measure!
We have a few other fundraisers that we are working on. We are collecting old cell phones that we can turn in for cash. Do you have any you would consider donating? We are also still accepting donations for our garage sales, where we have invited vendors (like a craft show and companies like pampered chef) to come as well. Do you know anyone who might like a table? We are also asking businesses to donate gift cards for a raffle/silent auction, if you know any business owners that would like to support us.
Thanks again to everyone for your support for our family!
We are planning a garage sale to help raise money for James' service dog. The garage sale will be on April 6 - 7 and 20 - 21. We are taking any donations to sell during the sale. If anyone wants to donate, let us know. We can pick it up if needed. We will also have a bake sale during this time if anyone wants to help us this way. We are also looking for any businesses that would like to set up a small booth. If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know.