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Coffee? We don’t need no stinking coffee…

August 22, 2010

…but I do need my niece, Johanna Faith Redwine, to be safely ransomed and brought home.

How can you help? Very simple. Today is Skip A Starbucks Day, so skip your favorite Starbucks drink and DONATE what you would have spent. One day (or three as this is going on from Monday through Wednesday) without your Caramel Macchiato could mean a new life for a precious orphan.

If that isn’t enough to sway you, tonight you will visited by three ghosts. God bless us, every one.

In all seriousness, my sister, her amazing hubby and their three boys have been trying to bring the last member of our family home from China for over 5 years. While my sister and her family have spent those years preparing for and loving my niece–all without having met her–China has spent the years stalling, changing its policies and assessing astronomical fees. This has left our family $8000 short, which is where you all come in. If every single one of you donates $5-$10, together we can bring her home.

Here’s where I sweeten the deal–although, if this is your sole motivation then don’t blame me when the third ghost shows up.

Every time you DONATE and comment on this blog starting Monday, August 23rd through Wednesday, August 25th, you will be entered into a drawing to win this:

Lord Voldemort's Wand

The runner up will win this:

Crookshanks Plush

For an extra entry, publicize this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook and leave me the URL(s) in the comments.

Want more stuff? Go to CJ Redwine’s blog for the GRAND PRIZE Skip a Starbucks Day GIVEAWAY along with links to all the other blogs doing giveaways. You only have to donate once to enter all of these.

So, what are you waiting for? Get to donating!

32 Comments leave one →
  1. August 22, 2010 10:21 pm

    WOW. The wand!

  2. August 23, 2010 5:29 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! *hugs* I appreciate you!

  3. sithereandread permalink
    August 23, 2010 5:57 am

    I donated! 🙂

    sithereandread (at) gmail (dot) com

    extra entry:

  4. August 23, 2010 6:37 am

    Done! 🙂

    Be sure to hop over to my blog for more great prizes!

  5. August 23, 2010 8:07 am

    I donated to the adoption cause.
    I shared on facebook and twitter.

  6. August 23, 2010 8:29 am

    I donated and tweeted it!

  7. August 23, 2010 8:29 am

    This is such an awesome thing!

    I donated!
    And twitted:

  8. Annette permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:31 am

    ooo Crookshanks.


  9. janflora permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:35 am

    Must get V’s wand and destroy horcrux (just kidding! It will be taken care of, and Crookshanks will be loved 🙂
    Love this cause and contest. I donated and tweeted
    and facebooked 🙂
    I truly hope this family is together soon 🙂

  10. Kait Nolan permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:47 am

    Crookshanks! I want a Crookshanks! Donated!!!

  11. August 23, 2010 9:56 am

    I donated

    and tweeted:

    and facebooked:


  12. August 23, 2010 11:00 am

    I donated, posted, tweeted & left the link to her blog on FB.

    Here’s a tweet link:

  13. August 23, 2010 5:19 pm

    I have donated.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  14. August 23, 2010 5:50 pm

    Happy to donate. What a great cause.
    Tweeted at


  15. NL Gervasio permalink
    August 23, 2010 7:07 pm

    I have the wand here in my hand. We’ll see if she can get it away from me. I run faster. Mwahahaha!

  16. Tiff permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:57 pm

    I donated! And tweeted! The wand looks so cool!

  17. August 23, 2010 10:12 pm

    Donated and blogged at

  18. August 23, 2010 11:54 pm

    I donated to the fund! Thanks for this giveaway opp!

  19. August 23, 2010 11:55 pm


  20. August 24, 2010 9:53 am

    I definitely donated – $5 for yesterday, $5 for today = $10 total (so far). 🙂

    My multiple tweets are on my feed:

    ~Michelle (aka Niassa)

  21. August 24, 2010 11:35 am

    Ooo, the wand. And the squishy-faced fluffiness! Sign me up!

    I donated, blogged yesterday and today, and tweeted several times throughout the day, and posted to FB.

  22. August 24, 2010 11:48 am

    Crookshanks is so cute!!!

  23. MA Natarajan permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:29 pm

    We donated and wish your sister good luck in meeting her daughter.

  24. Jessy permalink
    August 25, 2010 7:50 am

    I donated an tweeted here:

    I hope it helps!

  25. August 25, 2010 9:01 am

    donated to this very good cause 🙂

  26. August 25, 2010 9:50 am

    I had always planned all along to donate $5 each day that this was going on (I wish I could do more!) – and now you’ve thrown in the Elder wand!?!? O.O Wow, you are amazing!

    Friend me on Facebook to see my post there –

    We’re already hooked up on Twitter. ❤

    (I hope that it's alright that I linked CJ's post and not this one directly…)

  27. August 25, 2010 9:56 am

    I donated, tweeted, facebooked and blogged! 🙂

    Great thing you guys are all doing for this little girl. I hope it all works out!

  28. Fedora permalink
    August 25, 2010 7:49 pm

    Definitely count us in–thanks for helping us as we all support CJ and her family!


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