Thursday, April 26, 2012

Help Paint Waco Blue 2013

This year's Paint Waco Blue Campaign has been a real learning experience and a successful fundraising campaign for our local Family Abuse Center.  To expand the campaign next year I am looking for donors/sponsors who would be willing to purchase pinwheels for one, of not multiple PinWheel gardens next year.
According to the official Pinwheels for Prevention site:
Join us in preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation's children by participating in Pinwheels for Prevention™, Prevent Child Abuse America's campaign introducing the pinwheel as the new symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide.

The pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America's efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.

Nearly 900,000 pinwheels have been displayed since April 2008. Join us by bringing Pinwheels for Prevention to your community!
This program is something that I would be very excited to add to our campaign next year. 
In addition Paint Waco Blue will be participating in the National House Party Weekend in October.  This is a national fundraising program in which the host opens up their home or venue for an event of their choosing.  I am planning a Dinner and Games with friends event either at my home or the Erath building.  The way funds are raised is that participants are asked to either pay a set cover charge or make a donation to the cause.  I have set a $500 goal for Paint Waco Blue.

Keep brainstorming with me and we can make the 2013 Paint Waco Blue one for the history books!!!

If you have any questions or ideas please feel free to email me at Jeante1te@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in purchasing pinwheels for next years campaign please visit:  https://www.asbaces.com/newaces/(S(3cl142nr0kmgr1z2bmtzdpss))/storefront.aspx?CatalogID=3610&CatalogIndex=0&CategoryID=7407&CategoryIndex=0&PageNumber=1

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tim and the Keith Family: What happened and how to help

Many of you have seen information posted on social media sites about lil Tim Keith but the information is choppy and in different locations.  I have decided to compile it all here so people can learn about what happened and then how they can help this sweet family.
Joey, Eva and Tim were an integral part of The Church at Tree Lake deaf ministry and family up until just a few months ago when they moved to Washington D.C.  They were sorely missed.  Just this month the family was met with tragedy.  5 year old Tim was struck by a taxi in New York City as the family was enjoying a vacation.  Here is an article that appeared in the New York Daily News:
"A deaf 5-year-old boy was fighting for his life after he was mowed down by a cab in Brooklyn — as his horrified parents, who also can’t hear, looked on.
Timothy Keith’s mother and father were inconsolable after their first family trip to the city turned to heartbreak Saturday. With tears streaming down her face, Timothy’s mother described what happened in a wrenching written interview.
“I was with my son. The(n) he walk to road. I say NO to him,” wrote Eva Keith, 29, of Washington, D.C.
“I saw taxi yellow so fast. Driver hit my son but my son can’t hear.”
The Keith's and a friend had just left their hotel, a Comfort Inn, and were heading to see the Brooklyn Bridge when tragedy struck.
Timothy broke away from his parents and sprinted between parked cars onto Hicks St. in Cobble Hill when a yellow SUV cab hit him about 5 p.m., cops said.
The driver, who stayed at the scene, told cops he couldn’t stop in time. He wasn’t charged.
Timothy, who suffered brain damage, was treated at Long Island College Hospital and later transferred to University Hospital of Brooklyn-SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
The parents’ friend, Brian Walters, 24, who also is deaf, wrote that he wasn’t sure the boy would make it.
Timothy’s dad, Joseph, 29, had to cut short a written interview because he became too emotional.
“Unexpected,” he wrote."

Tim passed away April 17 from his injuries.  The family is returning to Texas from New York to lay Tim to rest in Tyler--the city of his birth.
The Church at Tree Lake has set up a paypal account to accept donations to help this family with mounting expenses.
Payments can be made in the following ways:

• Cash Donations
• Personal Checks
           o Written to Church at Tree Lake
           o Write “Keith Family” in the memo line
• Online Donation via PayPal

Online Payment Directions:
• Go to paypal.com
• Open a PayPal account if you have not done so already. The account can be linked to your bank account or a credit card
• Once your account is created select the “send money” tab
• In the email box type churchattreelake@ATT.net
• Type in your donation amount
• Select Personal
• Select Gift
• Select continue
• Scroll down to the email to receipt
• In the subject box type “Keith Family”
• Please fill free to include a brief message with you name as well
If you already have a paypal account you can use the button at the bottom of this page to make your donation.

In addition to the account set up by The Church at Tree Lake there is another account out of the Washington D.C. area.  The website for this fund is HERE.  This fund is $1230 shy of reaching a $5,000 goal. Both funds benefit Eva and Joseph directly during this time or great sorrow as the medical and burial expenses continue to mount.

In addition to the paypal and check/cash donations a memorial button has been created at zazzle.com in honor of the life of Tim Keith.  Click here to view and purchase this button.  The zazzle commission earnings of 34% will then be donated by me back to the fund set up by The Church at Tree Lake.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Flowers may be sent for little Tim to Harmon Undertaking Co. at 1112 Palace Ave., Tyler, TX 75702.

Visitation will be there Monday April 23 6-10 pm and Tuesday 8 am-3 pm.
Graveside services will be Tuesday April 24 at 3:30 pm at the Tyler Memorial Cemetery at 12053 State HWY 64, West Tyler, TX 75704.
If you are not able to help this family financially then please please pray.  Joey and Eva will need our support even more so in the upcoming weeks and months.  No parent should ever have to bury their child, and I cannot even begin to fathom the pain these parents are enduring.  Please lift them, and the driver of the taxi, up every chance you get.


Timothy Keith 02/03/07 12:02am TO 04/17/12 5:35pm