BonniesBows has taken this verse to heart. I have decided to dedicate my ETSY store to help others. God has laid it on my heart to help one of my new twitter friends and I came to the decision that she will be the first of many.
I want to help raise money for a family in need. I am donating 20% of all BonniesBows sales in the months of November and December directly to Dana Sears' family. Their government has let them down and I pray that God will use me to bless them.
I met Dana through twitter and was moved to tears when I read Mason's story on her blog. As a mother, I was enraged and saddened over what Dana's family has had to endure. As a mother, I felt a strong urge to protect her son and help them in any way I could. Dana has never asked for anything from me. She's never complained or whined about her situation. She has merely stated what is occurring and what her life is like. I admire the heck out of her for all she is doing and has done for her sons. I encourage you to read her words at the end of this post or on her blog.
What can you do to help? Simple. Make any purchase from BonniesBows and 20% goes to Dana. Get a special something for your baby while helping hers. You can also donate directly through the paypal button on Dana's blog after Nov 1st.
*Also- please help us spread the word. If you blog- steal as much of this as you want and re-post. Twitter? Link us up! Facebook, Myspace, Message Boards- we will take any advertising we can get!
We can do this guys, WE can help this Mama take care of her babies. If it was your story wouldn't you want someone to help you?
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Hello, My name is Dana Sears & I am Mason's Mom. Mason was born with Special Needs. At this time we do not fully understand the "Special" but we do understand Mason's "needs". Because Mason doesn't have a diagnoses, Drs dont really know what causes his issues, we do not receive government funding for Mason's needs. In 2009 Mason received his G-tube, this is a tube implanted into his stomach to allow us to bypass his swallowing. Mason's feeding costs are around $100 a day, that works out to $36,000 a year, just to feed him. That is impossible for a young family. Mason also needs Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Developmental treatment, Behavioural intervention & tools to help us in our day 2 day life.
Many families with Special needs Children struggle financially due to the extraordinary costs of raising our children. Our Family has gone $64,000 dollars in debt just giving Mason the bare minimums for the last year and a half. We are unable to supply Mason with everything that the Drs. and specialists say he needs. We have had help from Variety-The Children's Charity, they supplied one year grant of $5000 when we were weeks away from having to give Mason over to the Ministry, we had no where left to borrow money from.
I never thought by Blogging my feelings, or our journey trying to solve Mason's Riddle that I would run across someone like Bonnie. Bonnie is an amazing woman, to want to help my family is more than I can thank her for. I am not good at asking for help, but we are again needing some funds for Mason. We are stuck waiting to hear about our appeal to the government and waiting to hear from Charities. As the next couple of months go by we will be in need of more medical supplies again.
What will we use the Donations for? The specialists have asked for Mason to have a swing that he can use at all hours of the day. Swinging is a long acting drug in Mason's body, better than any pharmaceutical available. Mason is the happiest when he is swinging. Over time we have purchased most of the parts like the swings, rope ladder, rings, and just need to purchase the lumber and bolts to complete it! This swing will allow Mason to use one anyone type if swing at one time and will sit in a room in our house. Also we need to purchase some more feeding bags, and a few Mic-key buttons. We go through a Mic-key button every two months, these cost just over $400 a piece. On average I spend $30-$45 a week in parking for appointments. This is a huge expense that most people don't realize. We have one credit card, right now it's maxed out at $1500 for just parking dues. It's crazy.
Our family can't thank you enough for helping. Complete strangers helping my family, it just amazes me. When everyone around us has left, complete strangers have picked us up, encouraged and now want to help support us. It's.Truly.Deeply.Amazing.
The Sears Family
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