People WANT to do the right thing, given the opportunity. I stopped believing that at some point... but I've just received a reply from someone I solicited for a donation for Poetic Acceptance for grieving parents, and they're going to make a donation. I'm actually in tears! I'm so so happy that I've finally done something in Alexis' name.
The site I contacted sells gift items, the item I was interested in was a set of birthstone angels. I found them on one site for $10.95 per angel. There was no way at that price, plus postage, there was no way I could order them, personalize them (think art supply costs) and cover my own shipping costs to people who ordered them from me, and still provide a reasonable cost. So I went on the hunt. I found them from #7.95ea to $13.95ea on a hundred sites, but knew those prices were just too high to work for what I'm doing. Then I found them for $3.55 on another site, but no pics to be sure they were the right angels, and $5.50 on the site that just contacted me.
Much more reasonable prices, so I emailed both sites asking about the picture on the one site, and asking if there would be a discount on shipping if I ordered in bulk rather than single items. I also shamelessly plugged my cause and solicited donations. The cause is worthy, I feel no shame! One site (the $3.55 one) rejected the idea of a donation, but offered me a cut on shipping, which I felt truly thankful for, any cut is a cut in costs! And I planned to order from them as soon as I got the bank account opn.
Then I got an email from the other site. It's called Big World Gifts (The Angels are here) and Lori there has decided to send me either 5 or 10 (I'm not sure which! Like I'm going to question such generosity!?) OF EACH MONTH! free of charge, no shipping, nothing - just a box of angels for absolutely no cost, because apparently she's just an amazing wonderful person! She's enough to make me recind all earlier proclomations of "People suck." I wish I could reach her all the way in Arizona, because I'd hug her absolutely to death!
The irony of a box of angels "from heaven" is not lost on me...