Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Shopping with Extra Love...

Here's another holiday shopping opportunity, one with special significance...

I recently found this wonderful blog, Bloom, by writing team Anne & Emily. It's worth more than a quick glance for it's own sake. But this week they're doing something a charity auction in support of the family of Benson & Claire, two tiny people with big health problems. Money raised from this auction will be given directly to the family to pay Claire's kidney and liver transplant.

As explained by their parents, "Benson and Claire were born with a rare genetic disease in which their liver produces too much oxalate--called primary hyperoxaluria. Claire's condition has progressed much faster than Benson's. She has been on dialysis since she was 3 months old and is on dialysis 3 hours a day, 6 days a week. She is now on the waiting list to receive a combined kidney / liver transplant. It is expected Benson will eventually need similar transplants."

I've just finished scrolling through the 80+ items up for auction, and there are lots of great things to bid on, heavy on handmade items, with everything from hairbows to wall art to kids clothing to spa and vacation packages.

Follow this link to get to the auction page. Once you're there, scroll down and click older post to get to the first auction item, then keep clicking older post to scroll through all of the items available.

Please consider doing some of your holiday shopping here...the auctions end Saturday night, so just a few days to bid.