Here is some information about the reason for this blop hop and card drive (taken from the Stamp Something for Jamie Blog)...
New Hampshire is a small state filled with even smaller towns. It's the kind of place where you know everyone, leave your keys in the ignition when you run in the post office and don't worry about walking home from a neighbor's house at night. I live in the same town I grew up in by choice, not by necessity and love that my 6th grade music teacher is my daughter's principal, that my cheer leading coach is her guidance counselor and that soon she'll get the chance to beat my classmate's long standing high jump record on field day.
Mont Vernon is an even smaller town than mine about 40 minutes away. It is home to a long time friend and her family as well as their neighbor, 11 year old Jaimie Cates. On the night of October 4th Jaimie and her mom and my friend and her family went to bed with no way of knowing what events were about to transpire to change their lives.
Four local teenagers armed with knives, broke into their home and brutally murdered Kim Cates and seriously injured 11 year old Jaimie. They chose the home for no other reason than its location and for no other purpose than to bring harm to the occupants. It was a senseless, random crime that shook the small town and much of the state.
After receiving a grief filled email from my friend asking for help for the family, I knew I needed to help however I could. I asked my fellow stamper, New Hampshire gal, and long time friend Denise Lynn for ideas. Together, and with the artistic talents of Ann Vento, we came up with the idea of an international blog hop and this blog to raise awareness of the crime. We are hoping to shower Jaimie with wishes of love and hope from around the world to help her recover some of what was lost."
This is such a sad and tragic story. As soon as I heard about it, I contacted the coordinator to stay that we wanted to sponsor the drive and participate in the hop.
If you would like to send Jamie and her family a card, please send the cards here:
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
A few of the Wags 'n Whiskers Design Team was able to create a card to send to Jamie.
We only found out about the blog hop this weekend. So if any more of the Design Team is able to create a card later in the week, we will update this post to add their cards.
Please pray for Jamie and her father.
Now continue on the blop hop to Tanya's blog.