Saturday, November 14, 2009

#700! Whoopee! 700th Post and a Giveaway!

I have arrived at Post #700! Whoopeee! That's about 695 more posts than I predicted I would write back when I began this blog. It has been so much fun! Thank you for being my blogger friends. Who knew there was a world of readers and writers that I could hook up with from my little computer while wearing my pajamas!?

Last time I had a post milestone, I pledged to give some money to Ampersand Families for each comment I received. I think I ended up sending them about $50.

This time I am going to do a similar thing, but for a different group. Here's my plan:

1) I will draw a name of someone from the list of comments. That person can choose to win either this --



a table runner pattern, and a FQ of Kaffe Fassett fabric;
or this --



4 stamps featuring a photo by me (they really work in the U.S. Postal Service).
If the winner foregoes receiving either of these prizes, I will add $4 to the pot I am discussing in #2 below.

2) Part Two -- In addition to the giveaway, for every comment I receive, I will donate some money to Pennies for Peace. Do you know who they are? They raise money to help Greg Mortenson and his institute build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They especially emphasize education for girls! They have successfully built around 30 schools, if I remember correctly. It all started when Greg Mortenson was trying to climb a mountain and got lost! He promised to build a school for the village that nursed him back to health.

Pennies For Peace is modeled after a program started by school kids in Wisconsin. Every penny counts!

The students where I work have agreed to raise funds for Pennies For Peace from now through next April. At the end, we get to attend a party at which Greg Mortenson will be in attendance! So I decided to use my 700th blog post to collect money to help build schools.

So come on, leave a comment! I'll have to see how many comments I get. I'll donate a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, a dollar, or whatever I decide I can afford per comment. If I get 2,000 comments, I will donate 2-3 cents per comment. If I get only 3 comments, I'll donate $10 per comment. So that's why I have to wait and see what happens.

I'll leave this post up for at least a couple of days, to give people time to find it and to leave a comment. Let's help Greg Mortenson build another school!

OK? Join the fun, help my students raise funds, and help us build schools for Peace!!

28 comments:

Jo said...

Am I the first? I would love to be able to donate to Pennies for Peace. It sounds like a wonderful cause.

Now all those people on your sidebar who have read your blog, c'mon and comment!

Julie Sharer said...

I'd love to help you raise money for Greg Mortenson's schools. I read his book and was so ispired by his passion for giving back (say nothing of what he endured throughout the story)! Thanks for doing this. Does it count if we leave more than one comment?? Good luck, Carol...now let's get those comments going!!!

Carol said...

Well I think this is a great idea & your a very loving person. I keep forgetting to read this blog and luckily tonight I found it again. Best of luck to you Carol, from another Carol in Cosby, TN!

Brenda said...

Congrats on 700 posts. Thanks for being a faithful blogger and I hope you get lots more comments.

Sara said...

Hooray--a better idea than taking a chance in a thousand of winning something! I never heard of this school project, so I am going to have to read up on Greg. Hope you get lots of comments.

And good going on keeping up the blogging. How many years?

Dolores said...

What a wonderful way to raise money for charity. Congrats on your 7ooth post.

lesthook said...

I will leave a comment for va cause! Congrats on 700!

quiltmom said...

Very nice idea to support such a worthy cause- I hope you get lots of visitors.
Congratulations of writing 700 posts- that is a real mile stone.
I hope you continue to write many more posts. It can be great fun and you get to meet so many wonderful bloggers who share one's passion for quilting.
Warmest regards,
Anna

hetty said...

Congratulations on reaching post 700! That's quite an accomplishment. Hope you get lots of comments.

08armydoc said...

What a great idea Carol!

-Leslie

Beth said...

You rock! Can you sneak me in to see Greg??? Good Luck with the comments!

Pat said...

Congrats on your 700 posts and the *Pennies for Peace* fundraiser!

Pat said...

Congratulations on reaching such a milestone.

True Blue Nana said...

What a wonderful cause. As you know I was in education also and schools will always be dear to my heart. I can tell you right now if you draw my name I would rather you up your donation.

isa & marta said...

Felicitaciones por sus 700 espero que sean muchos mas.

isa & marta said...

AMIGA HE PUESTO EN EL LATERAL DE MI BLOG EL AVISO CON ENLACE A SU BLOG.GRACIAS POR COMPARTIR.

goodnightgram said...

What a great idea! I hope you get a ton of comments! I'm not a quilter, but I must admit that I knew what FQ meant and I also know who Kaffe Fassett is. He added his sense of color to the knitting world, too!!! Happy 700!

Diane said...

What a wonderful and kind thing to do and what a blogger you are to reach 700!!

Janet said...

What a wonderful goal! Your quilts are lovely, and inspiring. Janet in NY

Annie said...

700 posts!!! What a great writer you are - I enjoy checking up and seeing what you are up to. And what a nice gesture to donate money ....... congrats!!!

Vicki said...

Congratulations Carol. This is a major milestone. I can't even think how long it will take me to get to 700 since I only just past 100 this year. All the best and here's to the next 700!

Sweet P said...

Congrats on 700 posts! What a generous idea you have devised. I'm happy to help.

Tiruba said...

Even though I suck at commenting, I read everything you write. I heart you, Carol :) So here I am.

Nettie said...

Way to keep blogging! All the best. Fill up that penny jar. We're just getting our collection 'off the ground.' The kids are very excited!

Betteem said...

I love to read your blog. Congrats on reaching 700! I'd like to help raise money for Greg's school. Thanks.
Betty

MaryK said...

Way to go Carol. This is so cool.
I love seeing your pictures and hearing what is going on. Congrats
on the 700th blog!! You go girl!
Mary

CarlaHR said...

Congratulations on reaching 700!!! Pennies for Peace is a great project. I first heard of Greg Mortenson when I read "Three Cups of Tea" in which he describes how he came to start his school project.

Laurel said...

Congrats on your 700th post. Wow! You go, girl!