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Hi All!!! I have a story I would like to share with you because it touched me and I know you will want to help as well!! No, I don't want money, I am not asking for your firstborn, or anything crazy like that!! So, here is the deal: yesterday I stopped in for a Starbucks after my doctor's appt, and the nice gentleman in there spotted my charm bracelet and told me that I should check out the shop next door since it has a huge selection of charms and to let them know Matt sent me - so I did!! The store is called Girls Too, is totally fabulous, and perfect for young girls who like hair things, accessories, and fun jewelry, all designed with a tween in mind. The owner came out to greet me, and I immediately thought how nice is she, what a great smile, she is as sweet as can be!! So, we were talking and laughing and looking through the charms and I found what I wanted and asked her if she could put them on for me. She took my bracelet and noticed that I had one for scrapbooking and another for stamping and asked me if I liked to do crafting. So, I launched into my spiel about Stampin' Up! and how fun it is, but I noticed how quiet she got so I asked her what was wrong! Well, this cheerful and smiling woman teared up and stated, "I love to scrapbook and had a whole studio in my home, but my house burned to the ground in the Humboldt fire so we lost everything - every album,every photo, all my supplies, everything". Seems they called her at work and told her they had to evacuate but since her home was the closest to the fire that had started that morning while she was at work, it was too late to get anything out of the house. Thankfully, none of her family was hurt, but they indeed lost everything and I really felt for her!! So, why am I telling you this? Well, I know that as a scrapbooker and stamper I probably have more supplies than I could possibly use in a lifetime and I suspect many of you do too! So, I would like to ask all of you to put as much as you can into a $9.80 flat rate priority box (because it holds paper) and send me whatever you think you can spare from your stash. This woman had a sizzix machine, quickcuts, cuttlebug dies, you name it, she had it!! So, I am going to go through my room, donate my Big Kick to her along with two dies I have two of, and provide her with papers, scissors, ribbons, embellishments, some retired sets, etc. How about it - anyone want to help out? I guess the way I look at it is this: if it was me, I would be devastated that my craft room was completely destroyed - I can replace a couch, but not my scrapbooks! So, I would like to help out in the best way a scrappin' and stampin' gal can! If you are interested in helping out, I would like to have all the boxes to me by next Friday, the 12th of September so that I may take it all to her on that Saturday - and no, she has no idea that I am doing this!! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to help out and I will send you my address. Thanks so much - I just know that crafters as a whole have the biggest hearts and I just want to do my part!! Smooches to all of you!!!!