Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Get Scrappy Countdown!

Well another year's planning, dreaming, buying, organizing, packing, buying, shuffling, buying and finally packing, oh wait, one more buying trip and now loading everything up and we are ready for another Get Scrappy. Can you believe it's Get Scrappy 4!

We are making the final run arounds for last minute STUFF! Gift Certificates, coupons from our wonderful local scrapbook store sponsors, more gift certificates and as always lots of prizes! We did our morning "schtick" on B-98 yesterday morning. Brett, Tracy and Kathy are true supporters of helping us bring awareness.

I have done a pretty good job of ignoring "the elephant in the room" to quote Mitchell, but I just have to go on record with my next comments. Here is your opportunity to stop reading now if you don't want to hear what I have to say. And if you are offended if you read it, you should read and understand fully my disclaimer for my blog, that can be found at the very beginning of my blog!

With the closing of Scrapbook Garden East and the loss of my job, Get Scrappy lost a significant contributor to our event. Altough Bob and Kathy were not as supportive the first two years of Get Scrappy, they were supportive last year with wonderful coupons for every attendee and the grand prize winner gift certificates. This was a considerable contribution and we were very grateful. Even though in light of everything that went down with the store closing, Linda and I (especially me -- and you know how hard this is) tried to "rise above" and were still hoping for support for Get Scrappy. We sent out our email requests and made follow up requests. All to no avail. Totally ignored, no reply to email, no nothing. Just dumped! Gee just like the store closing --- See a trend here. I have to say, I am not in the least surprised. Bob --- communicate! Hummm. No much rather just bury the head in the sand and it will just all go away. I guess being a local community business and being community-minded are not tied together. Enough already, I digress.

In any case, this meant we were now on the hunt for a new supporter to provide local scrapbook store support. And boy did we get it. Scrap-Funattic has been a supporter of Get Scrappy ever since they opened their store in Andover. They really get the vision behind Get Scrappy. Even though it is a monumental task to even hope to stop domestic violence, they are not short on desire to do what they can to bring awareness. We are so thankful for their support.

I pulled the section about Get Scrappy from their website to my blog. Please take the time to really read this and let your heart lead you in your contributions this year. Be sure to check out the Wish List that includes items that the center needs constantly. With the economy being what it is, and so many people losing their jobs, you can be certain domestic violence is on the rise.

From Scrap-Funattic Newsletter

Okay - i might be going out on a limb here, but i was doing some research about this weekend's upcoming GET SCRAPPY event and i thought this might help you decide to come out and support this wonderful cause.....so - please know that what you're about to read is a little upsetting:

I Got Flowers Today (Dedicated to all Battered Women)
By Paulette Kelly ©Copyright 1992 Paulette Kelly All Rights Reserved

I got flowers today!
It wasn't my birthday or any other special day;
We had our first argument last night;
And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt;
I know that he is sorry and didn't mean to say the things he said;
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today!
It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day;
Last night he threw me into a wall and then started choking me;
It seemed unreal, a nightmare, but you wake up from nightmares;
And I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over — but I know he is sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today!
And it wasn't Valentines Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me;
Make-up and long sleeves didn't hide the cuts and bruises this time;
I couldn't go to work today because I didn't want anyone to know — but I know he's sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today!
And it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me again, and it was worse than all of the other times;
If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of the kids? What about money?
I'm afraid of him, but I'm too scared and dependent to leave him! But he must be sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today….
Today was a special day — it was the day of my funeral;
Last night he killed me;
If only I would have gathered the courage and strength to leave him;
I could have received help from the Women's Shelter, but I didn't ask for their help;
So I got flowers today — for the last time.

WOW! Believe it or not - there are battered women and children out there, and they can turn to the YWCA for shelter, protection and comfort. The money that the "Get Scrappy" event raises ALL goes to this cause. Money for food, toiletries, clothing, bedding.....all the things that these women need to get out on their own two feet and start their lives all over again. Please consider this event!! Mary and Linda hold this event once a year. It's at the Beech Activity Center - Friday evening and Saturday until 7:00pm. Grab your girlfriends and get signed up today!!! There are still seats available, and some GREAT prizes, great fun and a GREAT CAUSE! CLICK HERE TO GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE GET SCRAPPY EVENT!!!

All the hard work has been done in planning/preparing for Get Scrappy 4. Let the FUN BEGIN!!! I hope to see you all Friday!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Mary, I saw that on Scrapfunattic's website this morning and was impressed. I'll definitely be supporting that local business while I'm in town this week-end. And it goes without saying there is one that I will NOT be supporting.

Mary has heard some of this before and I won't go into a lot of detail but there are many reasons I refer to my ex-husband as "the jerk". There was some abuse, both physical and mental. I'm blessed to have found my husband now of over 17 years but there's still a glimmer of the ghost in my mindset sometimes.

I know we're all facing rough economic times right now but I hope that even if we can't find more money to donate everyone could at least get some things off the wish list to bring to Get Scrappy. Let's help exorcise the ghosts for the women and children who have just recently found their way out of their personal hell.

I'll get off my soapbox now.