I already loved Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. The Bloggess. The interview she did with me about What’s Up Down There was far and away the most killer interview of my entire book tour. I mean who else but Jenny engages you in a “Vagina, Penis, Dynamite” version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? Yeah. She rocks.
But when I heard about the Christmas miracle she sparked on her blog, my heart grew three sizes, right along with hers. Read her story here. It will remind you of what I firmly believe: that human beings are inherently good, that deep down is not the heart of darkness but a great light within us. That we are driven more by love than by fear or greed, that we want nothing as much as to be of service, to make life matter, to have purpose, and to love one another.
Jenny had a good year, so she decided to give away 20 $30 gift cards to the first 20 people who commented and told the story of their need. She has a ginormous following, so as you can imagine the 20 cards were gone in no time flat. But the 21st comment demonstrated so much need that Jenny considered buying another card. Only she didn’t have to, because the 22nd comment was someone offering to give a gift card to the 21st one.
And then the whole thing snowballed. At last glance, there were 1,200 comments, all from people in need and donors who wanted to help them. Jenny estimates that her blog community has given away $22,000 – to each other! One person even donated $1,000. Awesome-sauce.
I have no doubt the Owning Pink community has as much need – and generosity – as any community out there. I’m not throwing down any sort of competition with my friend Jenny, but rather endeavoring to continue what she started. From what I can tell, Jenny pretty much hasn’t slept in three days. We can help relieve some of her giving burden and give back to the community that has served us all so well. Let’s be inspired by Jenny’s generous spirit, pay it forward, and demonstrate the kind of Christmas spirit I know we all have.
I’ll start by giving away five $30 Amazon gift cards to the first five people who really, really need it this Christmas (you know who you are). Post a comment and tell us how $30 will help. After that, I’m calling on the rest of you to help each other out. Tell us why a $30 gift card will help you and your family, and we’ll try to match you up with a donor who can help serve your need.
Are you on board? Are you in need? Or do you want to donate to a Pinkie who needs you?
Let’s do this dear ones. I believe in you.
Still in awe of Jenny,
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