As of September 2013 we are no longer a 501(c)3. This endeavor needed and deserved more time, love and funds than I was able to give to it. However, we had a GREAT response during our 3 years and gifted either an iPad, iTouch or iPhone to about 20 recipients who were in need!
This website and blog will stay live and we will continue to spread the Different iz Good message. In fact, I foresee a Different iz Good book in the not so distant future. I will be asking for your stories as the book idea comes together. Be sure to subscribe to my personal blog if you are interested in submitting your Different iz Good story as that is where I will post when ready. You can choose to subscribe via your email or a reader.
I am still personally paying the wonderful accounting firm that handled the 501(c)3 IRS paperwork/book for the organization. The remaining balance is $235.00. If you are interested in helping with that you can donate here or continue to send in cell phones. Once the accounting firm bill is paid in full I will disable the donate buttons on this site.
We also have just a few Different iz Good t shirts remaining. If you would like one, comment here and we will be in touch.
Thank you to everyone for your support, love, kindness, and donations during our 3 or so years. We couldn’t have accomplished all that we did without YOU!!
We love acknowledging those that Get Involved with the Different iz Good movement and the Turning Views Foundation ~ And, this one’s a biggie! The slogan Different iz Good . . . Spread the Word may never have existed but for the comments of a fellow Chromsome 18 Mom. In 2008 we were discussing how our beautiful special needs kiddos do not like change and changes in their schedule or routine that cause things to seem different. Susan Moran commented that they really stress in their house that different is good and show it by changing furniture around often and other methods. My eyes, heart and soul wrapped around those words and with Susan’s permission I tucked it away to “incubate” until the timing was right! You are a beautiful rockin Mom Susan! Here’s an explanation straight from Susan herself –
“Different is Good is a comment that is spoken in our house about every other sentence. It started as flexibility training for my darling IM who does NOT like change in schedule, routine, activity, etc… We sing and dance and chant, different is good, who can handle it? Then, the idea morphed into all differences are good…different people, people with differences. Wow, it is really going somewhere.”
Spent some time today combing through our 2011 posts to put together a “most popular” list for our new visitors and frequent visitors alike in case you missed something or want to share a great article with a friend. I wanted to include ALL of them as I think ALL of them are awesome and inspiring posts. I took a look at how many comments and facebook likes each post received. So here ya go – Most Popular Different iz Good posts for 2011!
Veronica recycles used items and creates handmade designs that she sells under the name Reno Upcycle. Trashion Show will feature everything from the everyday to the obscure designed by Veronica, Lauren Gifford and Kimberly Phipps-Nichol (a Different iz Good Board of Director).
Hope to see any of you local folks there tonight! Kimberly also talked Camilla into being a model for her, so she will be wearing a couple of Kimberly’s designs! Oh my!!
Hurry y’all! No time to spare on this one. Need to get these mailed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (February 7, 2011). Those of you in Reno have a bit more time as we can hand deliver for ya! 😉
**These Valentine-Grams will be hand made by Fairy Princess Lillian Darnell**
Fairy Princess Lillian
3 Versions of Valentines to choose from – $5, $25, $50 –
$5 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram via email with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.
$25 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram via US Mail with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.
$50 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram AND a silver plated pewter pendant prayer box via US Mail with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.
I am surrounded by amazing, spectacular and giving people! My friendAllison Edwards contacted me on Saturday and asked, “Is it okay if I have a fundraiser next week for Different iz Good and the Gift a Voice Project through my H2O at Home online store?” It warms my heart to witness how having faith and pursuing your passion bring the right people and situations into your life!
I’m going to let Allison tell y’all in her own words about this (taken from her newsletter sent out on Saturday).
In my effort to focus on “giving back” in 2011, every month this year I am going to choose one week in which a local organization will receive 20% of all of my online sales. I hope that my efforts will not only raise money for these important causes, but also awareness of the various organizations.
I am very proud to announce Different Iz Good as the first featured cause of 2011! My friend, Camilla Downs, founded this amazing organization in 2010 to provide speech generating devices (SGD) to children and adults with communication disabilities for communication purposes, to guide affected individuals in making a career or entrepreneur path and to advocate for those that are different due to disabilities. In a few short years, she has made amazing strides and I am so happy to support Different Iz Good. Here is a great article about how Different Iz Good came to be about & how recycled iPhones are giving a voice to speech-impared kids. You may also want to check out this amazing video that I am sure will touch your heart!
From January 15-22nd, I will donate 20% of all online sales to Different Iz Good! Shop now to support this amazing cause. If you are having any troubles or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 775.223.3097
Founding Group Leader, H2O at Home
My favorite is the laundry ball y’all! Check out their stuff – especially if you have family members who are sensitive to traditional cleaning products and the chemicals they contain.
Here’s an easy way to share with your Facebook Friends! If H2O at Home isn’t for you, the next best action you can take is to share, share, share! Thanks Allison and everyone else for your continued support!!