Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The gift of giving

In our house we try to focus on giving throughout the year.  We step it up a notch in December with the Angel trees, donations to food banks and such, but we try to teach our kids that you can donate more than just in December.  That said, one of the organizations that we have contributed to is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Why CF?  Well a good friend of mine, Mandi, has a niece who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

Alexis is 8.  She was diagnosed when she was a baby (read her full story here).  I had the pleasure of meeting her last year when Mandi and her husband Matt got married.  She is a delightful child that is full of energy, love and beauty.  This little girl brought an entire reception hall full of people to tears when she bravely got up to toast the happy couple.  In just 5 small words, she melted the room:  
"I just love you guys!"

Being friends with Mandi, I have heard a lot about Alexis and that one meeting with her, I will never, ever forget.  She is a strong little girl and I am proud to say that we contribute to helping find a cure for her.  

Every year, Mandi hosts a Cookies for Cystic Fibrosis party to help raise money for CF.  I kid you not, she spends DAYS baking cookies.  And when she is all done, she invites all her friends and family over to eat them, for a donation of course.  Last year, Lucy had the honor of helping.  Never has Mandi had a helper, but Lucy got to step in and add cherries and chocolates.  

When we found out we were moving, one of the first things I thought of was missing out on the cookie party.  Donating to CF fills our hearts, but Mandi's cookies fill our bellies (and in my case my waist line too).  Mandi makes these peanut butter balls that are so amazing, so UTTERLY delicious that people wait all year for that party just to eat the PB balls.

I'd like to share this video with you of my friend Mandi getting things ready.  I am sooooo sad that I didn't make it!!

So I just wanted to take a moment and share this story with you.  I hope Alexis has touched your heart as she has mine.  

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Mandi herself is pretty inspiring! She is so organized. I'm sure her daughter will always cherish the hard work she puts into this day just for her!


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