The power of social media blows my mind

Hubby and I with our I Promise Campaign bracelets. We wear em’ loud and proud! Click on the picture to be taken to my post about the campaign with deets on how you can get your uber cool bracelet and support the cause!

The power of social media truly blows my mind. Amber West wrote about using social media for good here and here and it’s not like I didn’t believe her. I know it’s true. But I’ve had the opportunity to experience it in a real and profound way myself as of late.

As you know, this Saturday Hubby and I will be joining thousands of Canadians in the fight to end impaired driving by participating in MADD Canada’s annual Strides for Change walk-a-thon. The 5 km walk supports MADD Canada Chapters and Community Leaders in their efforts to educate and create awareness about the dangers of impaired driving as well as help victims in their community. Uberlicious or WHAT?!

So far, Hubby and I have raised close to $600 (that I know of…there could be more online donations that people didn’t even TELL me about…) A huge amount of that support came from my new-found blogging and writing family. Your generosity and support has been simply outstanding. Most of you I’ve never met face-to-face and yet…you are there week in and week out reading my Friday’s post, sharing an encouraging comment, cheering from the side lines in spirit, ReTweeting my efforts out into the blogosphere and twitterverse…and some even donating your hard-earned cash towards our walk-a-thon. It blows my mind! It leaves me speechless (ok…maybe not quite speechless but you get the drift).

You guys humble me. You honor me. And your support and love touches me deeply. We’ve really become quite a little family, haven’t we?! I had no idea I would achieve this level of friendship and family when I put the pen to this virtual paper nearly two years ago.

All that to say, y’all FREAKING ROCK my world!!! Thank you…each of you…for being YOU because you are truly a blessing in my life and I can’t ever put into words adequately how much you all mean to me. Seriously. Coolest freaking people on the planet!

I can’t WAIT to see what the next year brings…squeee!!!

If you want to donate to Hubby and mine’s Strides for Change walk-a-thon, there’s still time (no pressure!!!!)

  1. If you are located in either Fredericton or Saint John, NB, fire me an email (Natalie at nataliehartford dot com) and I’ll make arrangements to pick up your pledge.
  2. You can send us a pledge via an email money transfer (if bank supports that option) to my email Natalie at nataliehartford dot com.
  3. Email me your intentions and follow-up with a cheque via snail mail (yip, there’s still such a thing). I can cover your cash for Saturday knowing the cheque’s on its way.
  4. Make an online donation via MADD Canada’s secure website here and put Hartford in the “I want to make a donation in support of the following Strides for Change participant” box. Be sure to send me an email and let me know you’ve made a donation because MADD Canada won’t be able to tell me donation amounts submitted this way until after the walk.

And if a financial pledge isn’t your thing that is totally cool. Seriously. Just knowing you guys are behind me every step of the way makes all the difference in the world!

Oh and one more thing (God help me)…stay tuned for Monday’s post. It’s that time of the month again…no…not Aunt Flo…but something equally as distressing (just teasing Hubby). It’s HUBBY’S CORNER time and he’s delving into some of our marital bliss fun. You won’t want to miss it!

How has social media and/or blogging changed your world? What positive experiences have touched you? I’d love to hear…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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