#ArkanStrong Giveaway...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

As many of you may already know, my home state, Arkansas, was hit by deadly tornadoes on Sunday. In fact, it was happening as I was driving from Dallas to Northwest Arkansas on Sunday evening. The two towns that got the worst of the storms are Vilonia & Mayflower. My Dad went to high school in Vilonia & one of his friends who is still there sent us photos of his home... or lack thereof - it's just devastating. (Click here to see before and after photos of a neighborhood that was wiped out.) 
A couple from my high school now lives in the area that was hit and here's a before & after photo they posted of their home:
All gone. There are no words... 
Many of these people lost everything, their homes, vehicles, clothing, etc. and some even lost loved ones, including April & Daniel Smith who lost both of their young sons (powerful, powerful story). On Tuesday, I was in the airport waiting for my flight to Charlotte, scrolling down my FB feed & my stomach was just aching at the awful, heartbreaking statuses and photos from those who were affected by the storm. It's so hard to live a normal life knowing that people who live just 2 hours from you have lost everything.

That being said, I reached out to a few of the businesses that I work closely with and asked if they would want to do something to raise money for the tornado victims. Almost every business I e-mailed responded back immediately with a strong willingness to do whatever they could. I will have to admit that I cried as I read the responses from these businesses who were so gracious & concerned for the state of Arkansas. We came up with the idea to do a giveaway of some of the more popular items from my blog.

Giveaway Details: There will be ONE winner of this giveaway. The giveaway will end next Thursday (May 8, 2014). The winner will be chosen at random by an online number generator. Every $1 donated to the cause will be worth ONE entry to win all of the following products. Obviously, the more you donate, the higher your chance of winning.
(USE THIS LINK TO DONATE

Here's what the winner will go home with:
 Gigi New York Ivory Uber Clutch  (personalized!) || St. Anne's Tote from Barrington Gifts (personalized!) || Cross-body bag from Sole Society.
$100 Giftcard to Catch Bliss Boutique - where I got this romper & many other clothing items seen on The Sweetest Thing. || These iHomeAudio headphones.
A monogram necklace from Love Always Couture. || A light up gloss from Whitening Lightnening. || A piece of Jewelry from Siramara.

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I'm truly touched by the generosity of each of these businesses - all of which were ready & willing to do what they could to help the state that has my heart. 

Use the GiveForward.com tool to make your donations. You can donate amounts smaller than $25 by clicking on 'OTHER'. The money raised will be donated to the victims of the tornado.
**If you put ANONYMOUS and still want to enter - let me know so I can have you down for the giveaway! Otherwise I can't contact you.** (emilysweetestthing@gmail.com)

Keep in mind, if you aren't interested in winning this giveaway or don't have the means to donate - you can always share the link to this post on your Facebook/Twitter to give it more exposure! The more we can raise, the better.


28 comments:

  1. Amazing cause, praying for your family friends.

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  2. Holy Cow,

    Girl I am completely blown away this! this is AWESOME! where can we donate? Maybe I'm blind but I don't see it! I have several friends that like in Arkansas. Praying for all that where hit!

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    1. Here's the link: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/rfk4/-arkanstrong

      I am not able to put a tool on my blog but it's in bold, hot pink if you need it again! :) Thank you so much!!!

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  3. I'm so glad you're doing this. A few of my friends lost their homes in the tornadoes as well.
    -Hannah
    sweeterthanserenity.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw :( Heartbreaking. Thank you for donating, Hannah! <3

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  4. This is amazing! I will definitely donate!

    Haley
    haleyvalerie.com

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  5. Wow. No words. Just read the story of April and Daniel and those sweet boys. Praying for peace and comfort for the Smiths and everyone affected by that terrible weather.
    xo

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  6. So sad, but glad people are helping!
    laurenroseprep.blogspot.com

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  7. So happy to help however way we can Emily. Thanks for starting this fundraiser. Love & prayers from Miami.
    xoxo, Jessica Maria

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  8. Thank you for helping Emily! Prayers from Hot Springs!

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  9. Thank you for helping Emily! Prayers from Hot Springs!

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  10. I love that you're using your blog to get the word out and raise money for those who need it!

    XoXo

    Nikki

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  11. Arkansas also holds a place dear to my heart as my aunt, uncle and cousins still live in Springdale! I will definitely be donating, as soon as I get paid tomorrow!

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  12. Oh my gosh! Insane!!
    What a great idea! You are wonderful!
    -Adrienne. xo

    Citizen of the World
    Citizen of the World

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  13. This foundraiser is so inspiring. Praying for everyone effected.

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  14. Emily, you are amazing! I love you & your blog so much. This just really made it all worth it. Thanks for doing this! Our poor state is in such shambles :(

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  15. You have the biggest heart, Emilyl! This was such a wonderful and creative idea. Donating now, and sending love and prayers!

    -Rach
    www.lamariposablog.com

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  16. This is why I follow you, Emily! You have a huge heart! Shared on Twitter, my Facebook page and will share again on Twitter! XO

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  18. So touched. Its so nice to see people like you reaching out to others in such a way. Will most definitely donate and will be sharing with my family and friends!

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  19. The story of April and Daniel is so moving. Thank you so much for sharing. Their faith and strength are amazing. We lived in Japan during the 2011 Tsunami. Seeing and living thru a major disaster is something that changes you forever.

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  20. I'm glad you're doing this to help those affected by the tornado!


    Liz @ www.shoppingmycloset.com

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  21. Absolutely devastating! You are doing such a great thing raising money!

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  22. This is fabulous! What better way to take advantage of this platform, than to bless those who need it the most?! These experiences, though tragic, will only bring increased value to these "things" we can easily take for granted.

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  23. When is the last day to donate for the giveaway? You are doing an amazing thing!

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  24. What a great idea! Done...hope my little bit helps! andreaunke@yahoo.com

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Thank you for all of your kind words & encouraging comments! They mean so much to me - I read each of them and always reply if you don't have an address set up!