i’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again – but ye Gods bless Marie Tupper and Aaron Green… those two and Leven’s Coffee Company have gone above and beyond – helping us with our fundraiser for our trip to the Moebius Syndrome Conference in Philadelphia next year.
Back at the beginning of the summer, when i first met with Marie and Aaron about doing some fundraising with them – I went in expecting to get a few sign up sheets to pass out to my friends and family, but what i got was totally unexpected.
First of all, you need to know this about me.
i don’t like asking for help. Not really. I like to think that i’m strong enough to do things on my own…when Ozzie was first hospitalized after he was born (for 30 days in NICU and 10 days in PEDS) my family kept offering to help… it took an immense amount of letting go for me to allow my mother in law to come and do our laundry on a regular basis. It’s a matter of pride… and also, uh… that’s my underwear? lol
Secondly, i sometimes don’t know how to express my gratitude. But i feel it.
So, when Aaron and Marie sat down with me and told me that they were excited to help out my family, who they only just met, but they wanted to make a ‘special blend’ for the express purpose of this fundraiser… complete with its own special packaging – and not only that, but hell, let’s sell it in store for the full year until you go on your trip – it felt like i was sucker punched in the gut – but in a very good way.
it was all i could do to smile and nod and i’m pretty sure i said: ‘awesome’ about a bajillion times.
When i drove away from Market Mall after that first meeting with them, Ozzie in the carseat in the back sleeping away…. i thought to myself: “Laura, Ozzie’s gift is that he lets people give of themselves….. so GET OUT OF THE WAY and let them do it.”
I cried on CIrcle Drive all the way from Preston to 22nd Street.
So – now here we are. Ozzie turns ONE on Sunday.
To celebrate, (the are so frakkin’ wonderful) they are having an In-store fundraiser at Levens Coffee in Market Mall on Saturday and Sunday – October 29/30th.
Please come to the store! $5 from every pound of Ozzie Blend coffee sold will go directly to our family. Leven’s is also donating:
$65 from every 1 year coffee subscription sold
10% of coffee to-go sales
50 cents from every Hot Racks “cake shot” sold
Even if you don’t drink coffee, i’m guessing you might know someone who does… A coffee subscription would make a great Christmas present to a coffee lover in your family – or buy a pound of coffee for your kids’ teachers.
Thank you, THank you, thank you to Marie and Aaron and Levens Coffee Company.
We heart you guys big time over here. ❤