Friday, October 1, 2010

Heroes


When my two sweet 8 year old friends put the word out that they were having a Bake Sale to help support people with lupus, their friends, teachers and neighbors all turned out to help make it a gigantic success.

I told you HERE about Rosebud and BB, the 2nd graders who were the masterminds behind the sale. Both have been running in, and raising money for, the Lupus Race For Life for the past four years, but since Rosebud is struggling this year with a nasty kidney disease, they decided a bake sale was the best way to help raise funds, support Lupus International and still participate in a meaningful way.

Around 2:00pm on Wednesday, the bake goods and the girls' 2nd grade classmates started rolling into the shopping center to help. Before we knew it, Chris (Rosebud's Mom) and I saw how much bake goods we had and thought we'd be standing in front of the Albertson's supermarket all day and half the night trying to sell everything! So many people generously baked that the tables were overflowing and we had two additional shopping carts filled with donated homemade cookies and cupcakes!

But we had a secret weapon, actually several of them-- Reallllly cute 2nd graders holding handmade sighs promoting the sale. They were focused and fearless! "Bake Sale! Bake Sale, Get yourself some Bake Sale!" was the chant of the day. No one within 30 yards of the market's entrance got past these little dynamos without being asked if they'd like to buy some cookies to help sick people with lupus.

When shoppers would pass on the cookies but still make a donation they'd squeal "We got free money!". When the market's manager came out and invited the girls inside the store to sell goodies to the staff, they turned on their very best and most respectful manners and asked if they could "spare a dollar for a bad disease." And when their moms would come to pick them up for dinner, they'd beg to stay until everything was sold despite our scheduled end time of 6pm.

By 7:30-- a mountain of tasty bake goods were sold and.... drum roll please.....

The girls raised $800! Can you believe it?!? And by the way, we were mostly selling things for 50 cents and a dollar!

It was an exhausting and joyful day all rolled up in one. Rosebud was absolutely worn out but stayed til the end with her cousin BB cheering her on. Their young friends were so proud to have helped and accomplished so much. I think the kids all learned several lessons on a number of different levels-- the first of which was to step up and participate to help others.

I'll be at the Lupus Race For Life on Sunday, October 3rd in La Mirada, California supporting all the awesome people running to help people with lupus. The runners and this awesome group of 2nd graders are my heroes.

Hope you have a fun weekend planned!
Welcome to www.TheFiftyFactor.com - Joanna Jenkins

38 comments:

  1. Incredible! Those girls really are heroes!

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  2. Heroes for sure! What improtant life lessons these girls have learned at such a young age. I know you are proud to call them your friends.

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  3. Heroes for sure! What improtant life lessons these girls have learned at such a young age. I know you are proud to call them your friends.

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  4. How wonderful! They really are hero's! Thanks for updating about this because I was wondering how the bake sale went. Good luck tomorrow! XX

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  5. yay! that is awesome! way to go girls! you are everyday heroes....

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  6. That is so cool. It gave me goose bumps! What wonderful young people they all are. :)

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  7. congratulations on a successful bake sale for a good cause!

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  8. So nice to see positive things kids are involved in!

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  9. That is just wonderful! I've headed up a lot of bake sales, but never made that much in one day! Kudos to the girls for a job well done!

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  10. Such wonderful girls, their smiles are just priceless,, they are heroes, I hear stories like this and I really wonder how far and what they will accomplish in their lives. it will be awesome with such loving hearts. good luck on Sunday. take care. hugs.

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  11. Congratulations on a great effort, well received. $800 is a LOT of baked goods!! Good luck this weekend - you have my utmost respect for the work you are doing. ROCK ON!

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  12. Good for them, and for all who chipped in and donated the baked goods. It was a lot of work, but $800 more is in the kitty to help fight Lupus.

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  13. Wow, what great kids! I think that is just awesome. $800 is a lot of money, they should be proud of themselves.

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  14. This has brought tears to my eyes. They are such heroes!

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  15. They are both heroes for sure...such cutie pies too. That's quite a bit of money raised for items being 50 cents and 1.00. Hooray for them!

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  16. Girl power! Love hearing this! :) xoxo

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  17. Please tell these young ladies how proud I am of them! The personify, "There is no greater gift than giving of oneself" and I'm just blown away by their hard work, dedication, enthusiasm and zest.

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  18. What a great picture and a great story to go with it; it is lovely to see such a conviction and burning passion for a great cause in such young minds.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    xo

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  19. This is such a heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing this with us and reminding us of what is really important in life.

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  20. Great life lessons for the young girls and for the people coming in contact with them as well as the people like you who worked tirelessly baking the goods for the sale. I know these girls have a personal reason for working for the lupus funding, and how awesome that some of their young friends helped too. Thanks for the report from the day of the bake sale. Great job, girls!

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  21. Congrats to all the girls for their hard work and their dedication. They are definitely heroes for sure!!
    I loved the fact that they wanted to stay and sell all they had. That is super!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  22. Amazing cause, rockin girls!!! Everyday heros!!! <3

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  23. That is awesome. On so many levels! Congrats to them on being so successful, and kudos to all the people who helped to support them. They did a great job (and it sounds like you told them so, too)!

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  24. I will be praying for you all day tomorrow. Thank you for having a generous and beautiful spirit. And I agree. These little girls are heroes. Tears running down my cheeks. So beautiful!

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  25. $800 ?? Wow! Everyone's efforts "paid" off. And they really are heroes. Have a great time at the race.

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  26. thanks for the update - nice to see their energy paid off.
    all the best

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  27. What a great cause! I have known people who suffer from Lupus. It can be very tough.

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  28. Oh, God bless them, they are the very definition of heroes...!

    Good luck tomorrow. :-)

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  29. awww. good things come in small packages..

    they are truly heroes.. and so much courage..

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  30. Oh good for them.. heroes for sure.

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  31. I would like to exchange links with your site www.thefiftyfactor.com
    Is this possible?

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  32. What a great story! They did a fantastic job!

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  34. Sorry about that! It posted twice!

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  35. How awesome to see our young heroes supporting and thinking of others. Love this!

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  36. Holy cow! That's amazing! Bravo to these girls and their supporters :)

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