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Around here we do a lot of spaghetti dinner fundraisers. For non-political events they are usually held in one of the firehouses. The seniors will come out because they get a cheap meal (usually around $10 a plate, including bread, drink and donated dessert) and a place to gather and the families of school age kids don't have to worry about doing dishes. Ask at the high school if they have a service club of kids who would volunteer to be runners (bring the plates of spaghetti to the tables so that people aren't going into the kitchen) and make sure the tables are wiped down after people leave. Since this is for a kid, you may be able to find someone who is willing to donate their services as a face painter or clown who makes balloon animals.
It doesn't have to be a fancy meal, but a way for the community to get together for a cause. Also, if people have a person to give a check to (collecting money when they walk in the door), they are more likely to write out a bigger check.
Just throwing something out there.
I don't even know the boy or the family to organize such a thing. I wouldn't know where to start. We are sending more money with our boys than $1.

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Sounds like a learning experience for you then. Sub the social event organizer. Google it, I am sure you can find a framework to use as a template.

I do think you will need to talk with a banker to set up an account specifically for the kids expenses though, and it keeps everything legit.
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I don't even know the boy or the family to organize such a thing. I wouldn't know where to start. We are sending more money with our boys than $1.

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And I know there are websites you can create for online donations. My crazy cat lady neighbor contributes to various rescue groups that way.
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I don't even know the boy or the family to organize such a thing. I wouldn't know where to start. We are sending more money with our boys than $1.

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May 8, 2013
 
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And I know there are websites you can create for online donations. My crazy cat lady neighbor contributes to various rescue groups that way.
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http://mashable.com/2011/03/14/social-good-fu...

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WOW! Pretty amazing!
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RACE wrote:
<quoted text>Sounds like a learning experience for you then. Sub the social event organizer. Google it, I am sure you can find a framework to use as a template.

I do think you will need to talk with a banker to set up an account specifically for the kids expenses though, and it keeps everything legit.
I'm actually not much of an organizer. I never have been.

I also think my plate and Bambi's plate are pretty full. I'll be happy to donate $$, but we have a lot going on with 3 boys, one with special needs, both of us working and Bambi just finishing her class.

It's been a crazy year so far for us and Bambi is at her limit.

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I wouldn't organize anything unless I were closely related to the kid or he was a close friend's kid.

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I wouldn't organize anything unless I were closely related to the kid or he was a close friend's kid.
I agree. I don't even know the situation with the boy, the financial situation of the family, and if the level of medical insurance, such that I would know if there is or isn't a big need for fund raising. That usually something done by a person who is more aware of the families situation ... not a complete stranger.

I have to play tooth fairy tonight, lol.

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No one deserves to be locked away for years, but she unfortunately does bear some of the blame, IMO. It's almost like the folks who win the darwin award. You just don't get into strangers cars. Everyone is taught at school that you don't trust strangers or get in their cars.
I guess since the captures were so awful I really dislike blaming the victims. Yes, they made a very poor decision but at this point they more than paid their price.

I really also don't like the sense of safety this leaves people. What I am talking about is when people say well she kid x, y and z and she shouldn't have, that's why that happened. It could never happen to me or my family! Well, kit could happen to anyone. People have off days, do things they normally wouldn't do, trust someone they shouldn't -- it's better to remind people of what they should and should not do than to blame the victim. Also, some people are overpowered. We don't know the full story on all three yet. Whatever the story, it's not good.

I'm not saying you're heaping blame (b/c you don't seem that you are); but that's my thought process on it.

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Well, kit could happen to anyone. People have off days, do things they normally wouldn't do, trust someone they shouldn't
ie: they do something stupid.
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-- it's better to remind people of what they should and should not do than to blame the victim.
Look, Sub's not running up to her and yelling in her face that she was stupid and its her fault, but if we're going to intelligently discuss this, the fact is, she got in a stranger's van willingly. It was stupid. I'm sure she's beaten herself up over and over during the last 10 years for how stupid she was to do that. What happened to her was terrible and you feel so bad for her that you would prefer we ignore her role in her abduction.

That's not blaming the victim. That's pointing out that when you do stupid things and put yourself in un-necessary danger, bad things are more likely to happen.

Oh, and as far as not being street smart and not being taught, I call bullshit. By the time you're 17, don't talk to strangers has been repeated to you forever, if not by parent's, definitely by school safety programs.

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I guess since the captures were so awful I really dislike blaming the victims. Yes, they made a very poor decision but at this point they more than paid their price.
She was 14. I'm not going to say she bears any responsibility for this at all.

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ie: they do something stupid.
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Look, Sub's not running up to her and yelling in her face that she was stupid and its her fault, but if we're going to intelligently discuss this, the fact is, she got in a stranger's van willingly. It was stupid. I'm sure she's beaten herself up over and over during the last 10 years for how stupid she was to do that. What happened to her was terrible and you feel so bad for her that you would prefer we ignore her role in her abduction.
That's not blaming the victim. That's pointing out that when you do stupid things and put yourself in un-necessary danger, bad things are more likely to happen.
Oh, and as far as not being street smart and not being taught, I call bullshit. By the time you're 17, don't talk to strangers has been repeated to you forever, if not by parent's, definitely by school safety programs.
Okay, now I'm back on this side.

And before I get sucked into a debate on something in one of our other threads, I'm off to bed. see you all tomorrow.

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http://now.msn.com/nick-willia ms-cancer-survivor-might-lose- f-cancr-license-plate

F Cancr
While I completely agree with the sentiment behind this plate and I think the people who are complaining need to find other things to focus their energy on, I do not for one second believe that he intended this to stand for "Fight Cancer".

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ScarletandOlive wrote:
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While I completely agree with the sentiment behind this plate and I think the people who are complaining need to find other things to focus their energy on, I do not for one second believe that he intended this to stand for "Fight Cancer".
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Sublime1 wrote:
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II have to play tooth fairy tonight, lol.
Do you watch Modern Family? Last week one of teh dad's accidentally gave the daughter $100 from teh toth fairy and they were trying to get it back. It was pretty funny.

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Ang, I sent you an email yesterday. Did you get it?

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Stina wrote:
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Do you watch Modern Family? Last week one of teh dad's accidentally gave the daughter $100 from teh toth fairy and they were trying to get it back. It was pretty funny.
That is the funniest show...loved the part last night, where the mom found out her name was still in the bathroom wall, at the skating rink...lol...Kinda miss Suburgatory, that was after it.....
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Go Blue Forever wrote:
<quoted text>That is the funniest show...loved the part last night, where the mom found out her name was still in the bathroom wall, at the skating rink...lol...Kinda miss Suburgatory, that was after it.....
I DVR MF, so I'll watch it this weekend. I only caught Sub once or twice but liked it. I guess that'll haev to be a Netflix catch-up!!! But Modern is one of my faves!!!

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