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"You Can Report Bad News or You Can Make Good News."

"At times like these, you have two choices -- you can report bad news or you can make good news."

Alexis and I were snuggled up on the couch watching the movie "Yes, Virginia" when a character uttered those words.

Make good news it is.

136 people worked together to do this.

Lest you think there is some optical illusion stuff at work, that toy mountain was deeeeep.

Here's a kid in front of it to create a little perspective for you.


You did that. YOU.

Some of it came in $1 at a time, but there were also donations for $1000. It all made a difference. Some people paid for things off of an Amazon Wish List, others trusted me to make their money turn into magic.

So that's what I did. I used a little internet magic to make some real life magic for dozens of kids who have unfortunately stared violence in the face.

The kids of Center for Victims are going to have a very merry Christmas, as are the kids at Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center.

Thanks for making some good news, especially today.

The grand total for Christmas Crazy 2012 is coming. First I have to do a little of that weird thing they call "math."

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Reader Comments (7)


Thank you (and Alexis) for all you do to ensure children feel the spirit of Christmas!

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I needed that so much today. I needed to see goodness and giving and shiny, colorful boxes filled with impending joy for children who will appreciate it most. Thank you for doing what you do, and thank you for posting this today of all days. Love.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

I just cried a few tears after seeing all of those toys. Thank you for joy on a day as black as today. I think so many of us are feeling helpless and exhausted. But seeing this shows that a few caring people can spread wonder and love. That's all it takes.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShannon

I'm very happy I chose to donate. There are going to be a ton of happy faces opening those and I love the visual.

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel

Reading this post put the first smile on my face all day. Giving to others is what Christmas is all about, especially to children who have been through more than we could ever imagine. So glad you do this every year and I love that you always involve Alexis, what a great life lesson for her. Thank you for making the season bright, especially when we are in a time of so much darkness .Merry Christmas!

December 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I'm sure I won't be the only one, and I know you rather give the credit to those that donate, but honestly Michelle the work, time, energy & heart you put into helping those that need it is utterly amazing and thank YOU for giving us a way to help those families. Thank you.

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermindybakes

You are phenomenal.

December 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJenna
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