Tuesday, July 6, 2010

bento goodie GIVEAWAY to benefit Alex

Update:
This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who participated! :)
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Bento goodies, get your bento goodies here!

I'm hosting my second bento goodie giveaway! It's summer time and this bento prize pack is sorta summer themed! :)

The loot up for grabs this time around:
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- super neato Terra-cycle lunch bag made from re-purposed Capri-Sun drink packages!
- an awesome two-tier bento box!
- a pack of ocean themed picks!
- two star-staped silicone cups!
- a set of egg molds, one car and one fish!

The bento box is really cool! The top tier has a movable divider to help keep foods separated.
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The picks are really cute. They feature starfish, seahorses, fish and other fun sea creatures.
These are brand new. Unfortunately, my 3 year-old daughter was testing out her scissor skills and cut the top of the package open. I promise you I didn't lick but a few of them.
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Just kidding! They are all sparkly and clean, I swear! :)
The silicone cups are super cool, I've been using some of these blue ones a lot lately! They came as a set of six and I put these ones aside just for this giveaway - just for YOU! :)

I neglected to take a better close-up photo of the egg molds. They are the same ones as I used when I made this tutorial on how to make shaped eggs! You can check them out more closely there, and read some easy-to-follow directions too. If you win these you may need that little "how-to", unless you read Japanese, of course. ;-)

All this fun stuff could be yours!
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How to enter the giveaway:

This is where it gets a little tricky.
There are so many contests and giveaways these days where you can earn entries to the prize by jumping through all sorts of hoops...
- "Become a fan of my Facebook page!"
- "Follow me on Twitter!"
- "Say 'Shelley sells seashells by the seashore three times really fast!"
- "Rub your tummy and pat your head!"
- "Subscribe to my blog's feed!"
- "Follow my blog!"

I could even ask you to vote for me in a silly little Mom Food Blogger contest I was nominated for.

Well, I could do those things. But I'm not going to. Because this contest isn't for me or about me.

This contest is for you and it's about Alex.

This is Alex.
Alex in a hat
Alex just turned six.
He loves lizards, balloons, and Cracker Barrel.
Alex has a fierce affection for tractors and has a smile that could melt your heart. He also has cancer.

He is the son of my friends, Andrea and Erik Kallas. Alex was adopted from Russia when he was 13 months old. It was known then that he suffered from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. A couple years later he would be diagnosed with Autism also. Those are some pretty tough hurdles to navigate, but they are nothing compared to what came next.
In November Alex was diagnosed with Stage 3 High Risk Neuroblastoma. Nobody wants their child to have cancer. But if your child is going to get cancer, this is the one you hope to God they don't have. It is a terrible, horrifyingly aggressive form of cancer. Alex was given a 20% chance to survive.

In the 7 months since his diagnosis Alex has undergone seven in-patient *adult dose* rounds of chemotherapy. He has had a stem cell transplant. Alex has just completed his 8th round of radiation, with twelve more to go.
Neuroblastoma is a sick, vile disease.

But Alex, Alex is beautiful.
Alex smiles

Even with insurance, the financial ramifications of having a critically ill child are staggering. Alex's parents have been hit with medical costs in the tens of thousands of dollars. One example: chemotherapy has caused severe hearing loss, requiring Alex to need hearing aids. Hearing aids are not covered by insurance. Hearing aids cost nearly $4,000.

Why I am telling you this.

There is a way you can help Alex's family. They have been entered in a contest. If they win this contest their family will win a weekend vacation (a huge blessing for so many reasons, but it's a long story...take my word for it, this family has earned a vacation together). If they win this contest they will also win $15k. Fifteen thousand dollars to help pay medical bills.

The contest is the Pigeon Forge Taking Vacation Back Sweepstakes.

To vote for Alex you need to click the "votes" box and then "sort".
The family is listed as "Andrea K. - Spring Hill, Tn (6/1/2010)".
Then click where is says "vote", just to the left of Andrea's name. At the time of this posting they are in 3rd place.

You may vote from any computer once EACH DAY for the entire month of July.

Each time you vote for Alex, leave a comment on this giveaway post. You will get one entry for every vote you cast. Again, you can vote once a day from every computer. If your phone has internet access you can vote from there too.

Cast your vote there, leave a comment here. Cast another vote there, leave another comment here.

** I'm running this contest until next Tuesday, July 13. I'll close the contest sometime that night, probably between 10-11pm CST. Winning comment will be selected by random.org.
If this giveaway proves successful I will dig deep into my bento stash and host ANOTHER giveaway after this one to garner more votes for the Kallas family. It's up to you. I've got some good stuff in there.

Miracles happen. Miracles happen every day. A miracle is happening right now for Alex.
Alex with balloon

Be a part of Team Alex. Cast your vote. And keep this sweet boy in your prayers.
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464 comments:

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Birdy's Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

What a cutie!! I will keep him in my prayers and I voted for him!!

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted :) What a beautiful child!

Bree said... [Reply to comment]

What a great family- I voted today!

felicia said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! And thank you for not making us jump through hoops and for doing something for a good cause!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted, too!

azbaby24 said... [Reply to comment]

What a wonderful thing to do. I voted today!

Jacqui said... [Reply to comment]

What a cute little guy! I voted too

Cindy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said... [Reply to comment]

I totally voted...I don't even care if you licked everything.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Miracles do happen!

Crafty Kitchen Momma said... [Reply to comment]

amazing and inspiring little boy. his story has touched my heart. what a fighter <3 would it be ok to repost his story on my blog to help with votes?

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

I voted, and I will keep voting for this deserving family! Thank you for doing this!

Crafty Kitchen Momma said... [Reply to comment]

what an amazing and inspiring little boy. his story has touched my heart <3 i will deffinately vote! would it be ok to re-post his story on my blog?

SLeMaster said... [Reply to comment]

i voted what a great cause , I am in Shelbyville Tennessee so they are kinda local to me..I sure hope they win ! and I will repost this on my facebook page too :) what a deserving family

Shawn said... [Reply to comment]

It is so nice of you to do a giveaway and even nicer to think of your friends in need! I voted and I really hope they win. (Rachaell, not Shawn) :)

Crystal said... [Reply to comment]

aww! This is so heartbreaking! :( I voted and I am saying some prayers for sweet Alex and the family! Miracles really can and do happen!

Stef plus 3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! I hope they win, they sure do deserve a stress free getaway and the money would be so wonderful too!!

Stef
cunninghamfamily at gmail dot com

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

I think you are able to vote from 2 different internet browsers as well, hence I voted twice. I recently lost my uncle to cancer and I only wish his wife and children had gotten one last vacation with him.

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today and I will every day. Thank you for doing this for Alex. He is adorable.

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

You're awesome! I voted today!

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted 7-6-2010
I hope and pray they win!!!

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. I have two adopted daughters myself, one who came to us with undaignosed issues, one who we adopted from the waiting child list(known medical issues)...both are the light of our lives and to witness a family dealing with such an illness is terribly sad.

rockerbabysmom said... [Reply to comment]

How generous of you. I voted :)

The crazy chaos I call life... said... [Reply to comment]

Voted for Dear Alex... I hope we can all bring him up to first place and get them the lil getaway!!!

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

OMG. I have tears in my eyes after reading about little Alex. Our family has also been touched my cancer. My mother in law died when my husband was 12, and my brother in law died two weeks ago at the age of 48. I also have several family members who have suffered from cancer, but thanks to God and chemo, are currently cancer free...but that's not why I'm crying. I'm crying because I also have a son affected by autism, and I can't imagine him losing his hearing on top of all he is already battling. I fight everything day to reteach my son the things he's lost, and never learned...and can't imagine having that mountain to climb too. My heart goes out to Alex and his parents. Praying (and voting for them)!!!

Angie Spiker said... [Reply to comment]

I voted... Triple whammy on this poor family, but such a beautiful child! Prayers!

birrrd said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and hope they win!

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and praying for Alex!

Chloe said... [Reply to comment]

What a touching and sad story... I just voted, and am a huge fan of your blog. You've inspired me to pack bento-style lunches for my son at daycare.

Ewe said... [Reply to comment]

He's adorable. I voted for him.

Ewe said... [Reply to comment]

He's adorable. I voted for him. These stories break my heart and make me thankful for the life I get to enjoy.

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

Alex looks like such a sweet little boy. I voted but wish I could more for him and his family. Is there a fund set up for him or an address where I can mail a donation?
We will say a special prayer for Alex each night.

Bryssy said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and will continue....praying for Alex!

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

What an amazing reason for a giveaway! I voted!

Staci said... [Reply to comment]

Reading about Alex made me tear up. Sending lots of prayers to him and his family!

I voted & wish them them luck!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!!

Rebecca said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! What a great thing you are doing to help your friends out!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! So sweet of you to do a giveaway to help them. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for them :)

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

i voted - how sad. sending prayers

Reyna Orozco said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today what a precious smile he has :)best regards from Denver and Mexico

Roxanne said... [Reply to comment]

My prayers are with Alex and his family. Just voted to help give them the mini-vacation they need.

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! Thanks for sharing this family with us. I'll be praying!

Tara said... [Reply to comment]

I voted, hope they get enough votes.

Michelle said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and miracles DO happen!

Andie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and bookmarked to vote everyday! Miracles do happen! I've seen children go from DNR's to room air! It IS possible!

Nisha said... [Reply to comment]

Voted, tweeted, followed. I hope a miracle does happen for sweet Alex :-)

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

What a great way to help your friends...I will be voting every chance I get from every computer I am around. Best of luck to them.

*~*~*Stephani*~*~* said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted on my husband's computer...I'll try to vote from our other 2 computers and my cell phone later tonight! Going to share this on FB too!

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted! I'll be back everyday on both of my computers! Best of luck to Alex

Susan B. said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. thanks for sharing their story. will vote again.

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

I voted, and I'll pray for Alex and his family. You're right - miracles DO happen!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted :) Took me until page 11 to figure out I could sort by votes and get to where Andrea was 3rd in place LOL!

Hope they win :)

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

This is so heartbreaking. I truly hope to see them rise to 1st place, and miracles do happen so I will keep them in my prayers every day. Thank you for caring enough to do this giveaway as a way to help them...that is amazing.

Schroeder Family said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! I really hope they get this much deserved vacation! Thank you for posting and sharing their story. Please remind us frequently to keep voting and thanks for all of your bento ideas! My girls are loving their bento lunches and snacks.

Crystal said... [Reply to comment]

Voted for Alex, he is a cutie. I am posting the link on my Facebook Page as well.

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! What a great cause for a giveaway :)

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

Voted for Alex. I babysit two kids who were adopted from Russia and I love them to death...this easily could have been either one of them. Praying for Alex and the whole family.

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

I voted... *sniffles*

Jacinda said... [Reply to comment]

Voting complete! <3

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! :)

heather said... [Reply to comment]

voted
hope they win

awang said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted for them!

Sweet Virginia said... [Reply to comment]

Me too--I voted.

Sharon said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. Miracles do happen.

Codi said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted...what amazing parents and brave little boy. Thanks for sharing.

Leah said... [Reply to comment]

voted and will be praying for sweet Alex and his family.

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

I voted... <3

Jacksmama said... [Reply to comment]

That sweet smile caught my heart. Thank you for sharing Alex's story. Miracles do happen every day!

Krista said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Here is to Alex!

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted! Cute little boy!

Krista said... [Reply to comment]

Voted from my phone!

MICHELL said... [Reply to comment]

I just VOTED with tears! Now I'm off t0 tell all my friends to vote:0

peashonaleash06 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

My Love is..... said... [Reply to comment]

Win or not Im happy to vote for Alex. Good luck mate we hope you win your prize!

Bonnie said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

Hatuli said... [Reply to comment]

Alex is just adorable!
I voted of course, and I'll keep him in my prayers.

Alison said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know wether this is an international giveaway and I'm not bothered to find out. I will vote and pass on the story of Alex, for him, his mummy and his daddy! Good luck little guy!

Lisa said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today.

RoseMamie said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again this morning, and shared your giveaway on FB..

Tara said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! What a cutie!

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!

awang said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted!

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awang said... [Reply to comment]

I've also just posted a blog post regarding your giveaway. Thanks for doing this - this is a fantastic cause and I hope the Kallas Family can win their well-deserved family vacation.

http://alicelily.wordpress.com

Nicole and Robert said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted

jeneane said... [Reply to comment]

I voted for Alex. Good for you for doing some good with your giveaway! Thanks.

Christina said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and they are in my prayers. It is so wonderful of you to ask for something so important as an entry for your giveaway.

Andie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again! I really hope they win.

svankirk said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and Prayed again! Thanks for doing this!

fleur said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!!!

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again, and I shared your link on my FB profile!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again this morning and will vote again tonight from our home computer!!! I really hope they win!!!

Cris said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted for them and I will share the link on a forum I'm a part of. Hope they win!

Shannah said... [Reply to comment]

Voted...and praying. :)

Korrie said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and I hope with all my heart that they win!!!!

LeAnne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!

Saura said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted for them. I hope they win!

Kelly B. said... [Reply to comment]

I voted, and my best to this family!

Nina Crittenden said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. Keeping Alex and his fam in my thoughts!

carO__ said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and will as much as i can!

felicia said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Mommyof2girlz said... [Reply to comment]

I just cast my daily vote.

Cate said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Hope your friends win!

Dunn Family said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted for sweet Alex! My prayers are with him and his family.

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted!

Anne said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! This is such a good cause to be doing a giveaway for - I really hope they win!!

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

voted for Alex

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today!

Jessica B. said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. I hope they win.

Deanna said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. What a beautiful boy. I hope they win.

rockerbabysmom said... [Reply to comment]

Voted today! I hope they win :) :)

RebeccaB said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again, and sharing this on my FB page!

Mary DK said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and have bookmark the page so I can vote everyday. My prayers & thoughts go out to Alex & his parent. Friends like you are a blessing!

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again.

Otiiva said... [Reply to comment]

What an awesome thing you are doing!! I voted, and will try to remember to vote every day!!

Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Thanks for reminding us on FB.

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!
reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com

Mommy of 3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted. I have three kids, two of which (my daughters) are adopted: one with special needs (domestic) and one with some substantial developmental delays (from Guatemala). <3 Suffice to say, international adoption (and adoption in general) is so, so, so close to my heart.

Praying for sweet, brave Alex and his beautiful family.

-Courtney
www.lovewilllead.com

Stacey - Elle Belle said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

arkonite_babe said... [Reply to comment]

I have just voted, hope they win cog Alex is just adorable! xxx

arkonite xx

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

I voted last night and forgot to comment....

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

And I voted today! I think this is one of the greatest giveaways because of the cause. You are fabulous!

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. They are up to 3482 votes. 600 more then last I checked.

Marcia said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted! What a precious boy - I hope they win!

Angie Spiker said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again.

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again today.

Betty Bundtcake said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. Thanks for making this a worthwhile contest.

Tara said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again today

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/7/2010

Laura said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today. Thank you for sharing their story.

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

votED! Cool to see the number of votes growing.

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

voted today!!!

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

I voted.

flicksi said... [Reply to comment]

What a nice idea. I voted.

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

And again from another computer too. And bookmarking to keep voting.

sousasax said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Krista said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

Voted and lots of prayers for that family!

shelleychina said... [Reply to comment]

I am happy to vote for such a worthy cause!

shelleychina said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again on my phone. I am praying for the family.

subha said... [Reply to comment]

I voted - will do again tomorrow. Thanks for doing this.

Corina said... [Reply to comment]

voted, praying for him and his family

CMS said... [Reply to comment]

I think something may be wrong with that site! I voted last night and the votes were at 3619. It was the same this morning when I tried to vote on my phone, then on my computer using 2 different browsers. When I click on "vote" nothing happens!!

Anny said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! What a terrific giveaway idea. My thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family :)

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Shelby said... [Reply to comment]

Your giveaway items are beautiful, and I'm sure my wife and kids would love them, but I am voting and voting again for Alex and trying to spread the word wherever I can. I probably won't add any other comments here, but you can count on me for a lot of votes. Good for you for alerting your readers to his need. My prayers are with his family.

stacey said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! God bless that beautiiful boy & his family.

Mrs. B said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and I'm going to tweet about your contest in order to get some more votes for Alex and his family.

Becky A said... [Reply to comment]

Voted...again.

sailormarsmomma said... [Reply to comment]

I voted, I hope they win :)

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]
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Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

I voted ! what a great way to do the contest!!!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted from my phone! (total of 2 votes now)

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Used our other computer to put in another vote for Alex and his family!

sharon said... [Reply to comment]

i voted.

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! I hope that Alex will get better! He must feel so bad...

amcstay said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. I would vote w/out the giveaway. Alex deserves to win.

Birdy's Boutique said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!

Sweet Virginia said... [Reply to comment]

I voted today!

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted! :)

jmenini said... [Reply to comment]

Such a sweet boy...I voted!

Cowboy Ninjas said... [Reply to comment]

What a grand friend you are for including Alex in your blog, and sharing his story with us. Totally gave me goosebumps. Keeping them in my prayers. I voted for Alex and am sharing his story with my friends and family ;)

Ivy's mama (aka Ladymama) said... [Reply to comment]

I voted for Alex and am keeping my fingers crossed for his family to win!

moomi said... [Reply to comment]

children truly are such a gift to us & so good at teaching us the true lessons in life - i wish alex & his family as many happy moments together as there are stars in the night sky (i've voted for them & hope to do so each day for the next week)

melissa, this is such a kind way for you to share the plight of others, you are a lovely human being x

PS i've become a regular at j-list's website in japan because of you - we have lots of picks etc for our lunches and dinners now too! :)

cynthiesmom said... [Reply to comment]

I just voted again. As of this point they are in third place. I will definately keep voting every chance I get. Best of luck to this amazing family.

Jeannette said... [Reply to comment]

voted again - they're catching up!

awang said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again!

Kristen said... [Reply to comment]

Good morning! Just voted again!

Mommy of 3 said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. :)

Courtney
www.lovewilllead.com

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

And again! (My daughter loves your blog and really wants those egg shapers.) ;)

MsCinderella said... [Reply to comment]

I voted and said a prayer for them.

Nicole and Robert said... [Reply to comment]

again

Mrs. B said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted again for the Kallas family. I really hope they win this!

Yiran said... [Reply to comment]

voted for alex again!

Jamie said... [Reply to comment]

Just voted!

Kenton and Marianne Ogg said... [Reply to comment]

I voted last night from my other comp!

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

I voted. I know a 4 year old who is a year out of her treatment for the same cancer. Miracles happen!

Suz said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

The Jennings Family said... [Reply to comment]

voted again today

jeneane said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again today. Hoping your friends win the trip, and I win the bento stash!

Keely said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, they totally deserve it! I voted.

Cher said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again!

Snowflowers Mum said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again too.

Just a girl said... [Reply to comment]

I voted again.

Andie said... [Reply to comment]

Voted!

Wii Fit & A Bet said... [Reply to comment]

voted

Katie Kolich said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!!!

cjjbent2005 said... [Reply to comment]

voted again!!

Fill your belly and SAVE said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again 7/8/2010

stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

happy to vote today for him.

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

TheClumsyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again. They are closing in on second place!

Christopher said... [Reply to comment]

I voted!

RLR said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

Bar 7 Ranch said... [Reply to comment]

Voted! Prayers being said!!

Amanda Ayers said... [Reply to comment]

I voted! Prayers for Alex...

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

Voted again!

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