Friday, February 15, 2013

Fundraiser for Anna Joy

Hello my wonderful blog readers. This month, I am not going to do a giveaway. I have something else in mind that will bless you far more than me giving away a book. Plus it's a chance to help out a child receive a miracle.

Meet Anna and the miracle she needs

My cousin Amy has a 5 year old daughter who joined our family this past summer. Anna Joy was born in China. Anna is such a sweetheart. I've only met her one time, but she's precious! Anna is deaf. In fact, she has a very rare form of deafness called bilateral Michel's Aplasia which is where her inner ears did not form properly before she was born.

There is a surgery, called Auditory Brainstem Implants, that may help Anna be able to hear. Anna is a candidate for this surgery, only she just missed the age cut off to have it here in the United States. There is a doctor in Italy who preforms this surgery on children, but does so only twice a year, and there was an opening for this February. Through an amazing and miraculous turn of events, God has provided the funds for the travel to Italy and the initial payment for Anna's surgery! My uncle, Amy, and Anna are in Italy right now as I write this.

The miracle that is needed is the funds for Anna's surgery. The surgery is very expensive and without help, there is no way that Amy or her parents could afford it. One of Amy's friends has set up a fundraiser of t-shirts for sale with the proceeds all going into a fund for Anna's surgery.

You can follow along on Anna's story here. 

I wanted to do something to help out too. I purchased one of the t-shirts, but also wanted to help out beyond just that. The idea I describe below came to me and together so quickly that I know it was from God. Having never run a Mary Kay Fundraiser, I didn't know what to do. I have a friend who has just successfully completed a fundraiser with lip glosses and a donation to her local battered women's shelter in memory of a co-worker who was murdered. I texted my friend to get the details of how she did it. This was late last night. She texted me back to tell me what all she did, and I thought "I can do that too. Only I'll sell hand cream instead of lip gloss."

Here's how you can help

I will be selling Mary Kay Fragrance Free Hand Creams for $12 each. This price includes tax and shipping if I need to mail it to you. $5 from each hand cream will be donated to Anna's Surgery Fund. I am making no profit off of these.

Provides 24-hour moisturization in a fragrance-free formula.
  • Luxurious formula absorbs quickly.
  • Provides a protective layer on hands that lasts through several hand washings.
  • Clinically tested for skin irritancy and allergy.
  • Dermatologist-tested.
The hand cream is one of the best selling items Mary Kay has in it's line. The fragrance free hand cream is great for men, women, or children.

The hand cream is great for you or as a gift for someone else. 

My goal is to raise $300 for Anna's Surgery. Which means I need to sell at least 60 hand creams.

To order one (or several), please leave a comment with your name and an email address I can reach you. Or if you want, you may email me directly at dawn(dot)janis(at)gmail(dot)com.

Do not order these from my website as this is something I am offering out of my own personal inventory and not directly through Mary Kay.

I will take cash, check, or credit cards. If you are worried about your credit card being secure, let me assure you that I run the cards through a secure connection and if you want to pay via credit card, then you can let me know when I contact you.

If you are local (Houston area) I will be delivering the hand cream personally. If you are out of town, I will ship it to you. I will deliver to you, arrange to meet you somewhere, or ship to you once my current order 60 hand creams arrives, which should be the early part of next week as the order was just placed this afternoon.

I will run this fundraiser until March 14th (so I can make deposits at the bank), and will place a final hand cream order with Mary Kay on March 15th.

Remember that I am not making any profit off of this! All proceeds will go towards Anna's surgery!

Please feel free to share this on FB, Twitter, etc. And please prayerfully consider how you can help.


  1. Great idea! Put me down for 4. :) I'll mail you a check.

  2. yes, Dawn, we want a hand cream plus $10 donation. Bless your heart and her surgery!

    1. Thanks Leslie! I've got you down for one hand cream and a $10 donation. I'll get in touch with you as soon as my order gets here.


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