Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Feed Your Soul

Today my good friend who also happens to be an amazing person, Diana Cosby, is swinging by to spread the word about an important cause. When I heard about her food drive challenge, I thought feeding others was a good way to feed the soul.

Diana, my blog is all yours today!


3rd International Food Bank Challenge

 

It's the holidays again, an emotion-filled time where it seems there are not enough hours in each day to fit everything in, not to mention dealing with the struggling economy.  But, in this time of financial challenges, I ask each of you to please consider one more stop on your crazy to do list, that of making a donation to a local food bank.  Your donation can be a dollar, a can of corn, whatever you can give.  Anything you can offer to those with nothing is a gift they didn't have.

 
 I volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, and something amazing happens when you allow a person a flicker of hope, that somehow, incredibly, even a stranger understands that at times life shoves us on a road we never asked for.

 
In 2010 in addition to my personal donation to my local food bank, I decided to start a Food Bank Challenge.  Except, it wonderfully got out of hand.  Once I posted The Food Bank Challenge on my Facebook page and my Facebook fan page, people from across the U.S. began donating to their local food banks.  Then, my Facebook pages received posts of donations from Canada — the Food Bank Challenge went international!  In 2011, donations for the International Food Bank Food Challenge were made in the USA, Canada, Australia, & Indonesia.  And you know what, this is truly a blessing.  In this venture, we all win.  Gifts from the heart do that, they fill you, remind you there is good in the world, and that you can make a positive as profound difference in others lives.

 
How it works:  Starting on the 1st of November, when you donate to a local food bank, post on my Facebook page or Facebook Fan page, (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diana-Cosby-Romance-Author/150109024636?ref=ts), beneath the daily International Food Bank Challenge post, add your donation along with your name and contact information.  On December 5th I will use www.random.org to draw from all of the names of people who donated that I received. The winner will receive an autographed set of the MacGruder brother series to date; His Captive, His Woman, His Conquest, and His Destiny.  Also, a copy of the Born To Bite, a Highland vampire anthology featuring Hannah Howell, Erica Ridley, and myself.   I will sign the set, and then send them priority to whoever you want to make a personal holiday present.

 
If you post on this blog that you donated to a local food bank and contact info, you’ll be entered in the drawing.

 

2012 International Food Bank Challenge – Goal:  1000 donations.

 

            I wish each of you a wonderful holiday season.  May your every dream come true!

 

Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN Ret.
International Best-Selling Author of the MacGruder Brothers series
Highland vampire anthology
 
 
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Her award-winning MacGruder Brother books are available in five languages.  Diana has appeared at Lady Jane’s Salon, in NYC, and in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happily Ever After,” MSN.com, and in Texoma Living Magazine. 
After retiring as a Navy Chief, AGC(AW), Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.   Diana is currently working on the sixth book in the award-winning MacGruder brother’s series, and in August released her story in the anthology, “Born To Bite,” with Hannah Howell and Erica Ridley.  Diana looks forward to the years of writing ahead and meeting the amazing people who will share this journey. www.dianacosby.com

22 comments:

  1. Wow. Diana, this is simply a wonderful and easy way to do good for others.

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    1. Hi Brinda, thank you so much for stopping by. It is an easy way to give, and each donation truly makes a difference in another person's life. Take care and have a wonderful holiday season!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  2. I try to donate all year, but especially during the holidays. I use to work handing out food, but due to family obligations I'm unable to do that now. I'm hoping to sponsor an orphan this year. It's great to see someone reminding us about how to give.

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    1. Good morning, Ciara, I appreciate your stopping by and your volunteering over the years. My prayers your sponsorship works out. :) Thank you for your donation, I'm adding you to the list. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  3. My Thanksgiving donation has been made! I'll post on your FB page, Diana.

    Ciara ~ sponsoring an orphan is huge.

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    1. :) Morning Isis, my sincere thanks for having me on your blog this am to talk about the 3rd International Food Bank Food Drive. Each of us can make a profound difference and give hope with a simple donation. I've added your name to the donation list. Take care, and I wish you and yours an amazing holiday season! *Hugs*
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  4. Donated twice and will do so again with the local food bank. Gave to Salvation Army to help with people still in shelters and the loss of homes. The need is still there so don't stop

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    1. Good morning, and my sincere thanks for your donations to the local food bank and Salvation Army. If you would like to be entered in my drawing, please e me your name & contact information or post it here.

      I agree, there is so much need out there. In addition to our challenging times, many areas are still only beginning to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

      Take care, and I hope you and yours have a tremendous holiday season!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  5. The sad thing is the issue happens all year long, but it only gets recognition at Christmas time. Fortunately the media in my city loves to have annual food drives in the summer, to remind us that it is a continual problem.

    My local grocery store creates hampers for us to purchase at this time of the year so that we don't forget those in need.

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    1. Hi Stina, thank you for stopping by. I agree, the food banks need food and $ throughout the year, but alot of their revenue for the upcoming year is made during the holiday drives. But, as you said, donations throughout the year are deeply appreciated. Take care and have a wonderful holiday season!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  6. Our church has about five programs going that will be donating food and gifts this Christmas.

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    1. Hi Alex, I appreciate your stopping by. That's wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing. I've added your name to the food drive list. Have a wonderful holiday season!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  7. What a great idea. I usually give to the food bank through my son's school. They have a big canned food drive this time of year. Hate to think of anyone going hungry any time, but especially during the holidays. Gotta give!

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    1. Hi L.G., thank you for saying hi. :) I appreciate your donation, and I've added you to the donation list. It's heart-wrenching knowing that people going hungry. I heard on the radio today that the food banks are having problems keeping food on the shelves. So sad. Take care and enjoy your holidays!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  8. My local grocery store also conducts food drives for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. You've provided a great service in getting the word out, Diana!

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    1. Hi Laura, I appreciate your coming by today. Thank you so much for your donation, each one helps to fill an empty stomach. I've added you to the donation list. Take care, and I hope your holidays are filled with blessings.
      Sincerely,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  9. Great idea! And you didn't just think about it, you acted on your idea.

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    1. Hi Helen, thank you so much for stopping by. Each of us can truly touch others lives in positive ways if we choose. And if my offering a chance to win my signed books encourages people to donate to our food banks, then I'm humbled. Take care, enjoy your holidays, and I wish you and yours the best.
      God bless,


      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  10. My sincere thanks to everyone who stopped by, said hi, and who donated food. Every dollar, canned item, or other food donation makes a difference.

    Isis, thank you so much for having me on your blog today. *Hugs* I know you're ultra busy, and I appreciate your time and hard work to make this happen.

    I wish you all a wonderful holiday season. May it be filled with laughter and blessings.
    God bless,


    Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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  11. You're welcome, Diana. It was a pleasure to have you. Come back anytime.

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    1. *Hugs* Thank you so much, Isis. Take care and know I'm keeping you and your family in my prayers. Have a wonderful Christmas!
      God bless,

      Diana Cosby, AGC(AW), USN, Ret.

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