December 29, 2012
In less than 40 minutes all the tea and charms have been claimed!!
Put the kettle on Girls!
As I told you yesterday. . .
I wanted six boxes of tea.
I ended up with six cases by mistake.
And if that’s where we let the story end it would just be one more amusing anecdote and the only thing we’d gain is more evidence that I should never be allowed to shop online unsupervised. Something my spouse has known for far too long already.
But while I enjoy a good laugh at my failings and fumblings like the next person today I had an idea how with your help my mistake could be turned into magic, my oops into an opportunity, my blunder into a blessing, my gaft into a gift, my . . . oh please, someone stop me!
After I set aside the tea I’m keeping here at home and sharing with friends I ended up with 23 boxes of tea and I want to send those 23 boxes to 23 of you who are willing to make some Christmas magic with me.
The tea is free. The shipping is free.
You pay nothing. Absolutely nothing. Instead I’m asking that you give away something.
Here’s my idea. See if you’re interested.
Each box of tea cost me 2 dollars and 99 cents.
To mail a box of tea anywhere in the United States will cost me 1 dollar and 50 cents.
That’s a total of 4 dollars and 49 cents.
But I don’t want you to send me 4 dollars and 49 cents so that I send you a box of sugar cookie tea. Instead I want you to double that amount to 8 dollars and 98 cents and then I want you to take that 8 dollars and 98 cents and give it away as a kindness to someone else.
- Buy 8.98 worth of warm socks and hand them with a smile and a caring word to a homeless man on the street.
- Drop the 8.98 into a charitable donation jar.
- Write a check for 8.98 and send it to Feeding America for the children.
- Spend 8.98 on cookie ingredients and then give the cookies to someone you know who could use a plate of TLC.
- Buy 8.98 worth of canned foods and take the cans to a food bank.
- Use the 8.98 to buy a coloring book and box of crayons for a children’s hospital.
In the scheme of things 8 dollars and 98 cents might not seem like much but it’s something
and when it’s given away it becomes worth a whole lot more than not much.
Now I realize it would just be cheaper for you to go to the store and buy your own box of sugar cookie tea. I get that I’m asking you to essentially pay double the cost but here’s the thing. . . if you just go to the store and buy a box of tea for 2.99 or you have me send you a box for 4.49 then all you have is a box of tea but if you end up giving away 8.98 then you’ll not only have the tea but you’ll have made the day a little less hungry, a little less lonely, a little less cold, and a lot more compassionate and caring for someone else.
And you will have transformed my 103.27 blunder into 206.54 of gracious giving.
So if you want to be one of the 23 who gives away 8.98 and receives 2.99 (plus shipping) worth of sugar cookie tea then here’s what you do:
- Live in the United States or move to the United States before proceeding to 2.
- Make a commitment to yourself to give away 8.98 to a charity or someone in need.
- In the comment section of this post tell me you want to be one of the 23 and commit to giving away 8 dollars and 98 cents.
That’s all there is to it. I’ll notify the first 23 people by email and at the same time ask that you send me your mailing address and then I’ll send you your sugar cookie tea. Then it’s up to you to give away the 8 dollars and 98 cents.
Oh, and there’s one more thing. Along with the box of tea you’ll be receiving an adorable little one-sided pewter standing mixer charm because not all that long ago I meant to buy 2 standing mixer charms online but when they were delivered I realized I’d actually bought 2 bags of standing mixer charms.
Does any of this ring familiar?
The tea and charms are packed and ready.
Care to join me in ending the year with a random act of kindness?
If you do I promise that first sip of sugar cookie tea will be the sweetest you’ve ever tasted.