As many of you remember, last Christmas we coordinated an ambitious giving campaign here at Frugal Living NW called The Christmas Tree Project. After all was said and done, our readers helped provide Christmas for over 40 families in the Pacific Northwest. It was truly amazing. It was one of the most wonderful things I’ve been a part of in years.
Fast forward to this year. We would like to continue the amazing tradition of generosity with The Christmas Tree Project, but the thing with last year’s project is that it was labor intensive. Like it consumed my life for about two weeks. It’s simply not something that my family can handle at this point and I am concerned about how I might best confirm the legitimacy of requests that roll in this time around. The more established a giving project gets, the more open it is to fraud. I don’t have the processes in place to make sure each need is true and that you, my sweet readers, aren’t being taken advantage of.
Until I can figure out how to best vet applications and my sweet Lucy needs less holding, cuddling, nursing, diapering, etc, we are going to hold off on helping individual families.
Sidebar — I believe that all the families that were included last year were legit.
Don’t you worry though. I can’t let December pass by without organizing something. Emily and I, the resident Frugal Living NW bleeding hearts, have drummed up an exciting way for all of you in the Portland Metro area to love the most vulnerable in our community. We will be launching the 2012 Christmas Tree Project details tomorrow…
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