Stephanie and Christian Nielson have a great little family. And they are grateful for it every single day. The joy that fills their lives is obvious to anyone who has ever stumbled across Stephanie's, or NieNie's, blog.
However, a little over a week ago they were both in a horrible small airplane crash. The third passenger in the plane with them, their brave flight instructor Doug Kinneard did not survive the impact.
Daily thousands of people checked back in to NieNie's sister's blog to check on the status of Stephanie and her brave husband. The prognosis is not good. 80% of Nie's body is covered in burns and 30% of Christian's is likewise. It is likely they will be in the hospital, away from their 4 darling children for months. Obviously, the bills are going to go through the roof.
I couldn't get the image of this wonderful family's tragedy out of my head and neither could a lot of other people. So, Gabrielle Blair named today NieNie day. All over the internet bloggers are uniting to raise money for the Nielsons. Strangers are stretching forth hands to help a family they've never met. Virtual shoulders are being outstretched for weary heads to lean on.
Today I'm holding a silent auction, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Stephanie and Christian Recovery Fund.
If you can, make a bid. The object you purchase will forever remind you to open your heart and help others in their time of need. Couldn't everyone use that kind of reminder?
Oh, one more thing. Everytime you make a bid on this auction, for any item, you're name will be entered into my doorprize give away. What is this great giveaway?
A $45 gift certificate to Williams-sonoma, that can also be used at Pottery Barn!
The more times you bid, the more chances you have to win!
How this silent auction works:
1) Please place your bid by leaving a comment with your Bid Amount, your name and your email address in the comments section of the item you are bidding on. Check the comments frequently to see the most recent High Bid.
2) Following the close of the auction, I will contact the winner (make sure your comment bid includes an email address or link to your blog or some way to contact you). The winner will pay the amount of their winning bid to the Stephanie and Christian PayPal account. The winner will then forward the PayPal receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will either put the winner in touch with the sponsor or mail them their prize.
3) Please bid in increments of whole dollars. The auction will end at 5 pm MST on Tuesday, Sept 2, 2008. (so that anyone going on vacation for Labor Day will have a chance to get in on the action)