Times are tough, times are hard, nobody’s denying it. And though purse strings may be tight, I’m convinced hearts are bigger and more generous than ever before.
Hope for the Holidays
In keeping with the holiday spirit of counting my many blessings, including the release of Twelve Nights, myÂ Christmas Harlequin Historical Blaze, I’ll be giving away twenty copies ofÂ Vanquished, the first of my “Men of Roxbury House” trilogy to the first twenty readers who donate a minimum of $10 to this year’s Holiday Goodness charitable recipient, Marian’s Dream: Philanthropy for Animal Advocates.
A Good Dream
Founded in 1981 as aÂ memorial to Marian Rosenthal, Marian’s Dream is a 501(c)3 public charity with the mission ofÂ helping donors help companion animals through support ofÂ innovative programs and projects operating on the local, regional and statewide levels. Funding accessible, low-costÂ spay/neuter resourcesÂ is a particular focus.
$200 will provide fourÂ feline spays or six felineÂ neuters. If that sounds like a modest goal,Â consider that one female cat can birthÂ twoÂ litters a year. That’s up to a dozen unwanted kittens, many of whom will have additional litters of their own.
Shelters and rescue groups are overwhelmed. The solution lies in prevention.
Goodness Spilleth Over
I’ll be running the Holiday Goodness Challenge now through January 1st. You canÂ make your donation to Marian’s Dream online via PayPal or by check. For verification, I’ll need you to send: 1) a copy of your donation receipt, either photocopyÂ orÂ forwarded PayPal receipt, 2) the name ofÂ the person to whom you’d like the book inscribed if you’re giving it as a gift, and 3)Â your snail mail address to me atÂ [email protected] orÂ PO Box 1344, New York, NY 10276. If by email, please include “Holiday Goodness Challenge” in the subject header.
As we approachÂ our $200 goal, I’ll be posting the glad tidyings here along with the first names, surname initial and home state of the first twenty generous souls to step up to the proverbial plate.
Thank you for keeping Marian’sÂ beautiful dream of a world with no more homeless petsÂ alive this holiday season.
PS: As always, please feel free to Re-Tweet or repost and pay the ‘goodness’ forward.