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********2017 Ornament Exchange********

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aisling8
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Dear Pink Sisters,

Well, it's another November 1st, so let's begin this year's ornament exchange.  

If you'd like to participate, please PM me with your real name and address (or you can remain anonymous if you wish, but I'll need the address) and I'll send you a name and address in return. It's great fun as people begin receiving their ornaments and posting about them. 

This is a tradition that our beloved Chenheart began and since it was her lovely idea, I'll let her words explain it:

"Hey Kindred Spirits~ it's that time of year again!

Last year, as many of you know, I organized ( not well organized, but yeah...) an ornament exchange here on the BC boards. If any of you is interested in participating, please PM me with your real name and address~ when the list grows, I will pair you up with another warrior from the boards.

We have almost no rules, so let me address what was asked of me last year, to hopefully make it easier for new ones this year! If you want to remain anonymous, that is completely up to you! If you do not want the recipient to know who the ornament is from, that is just fine. Conversely, if you do want them to know, include your name and screenname! LOL

These do NOT have to be expensive! That is the nice thing about ornaments, they can be purchased quite reasonably. Also~please do NOT feel that participating in this has to have a spiritual or religious connotation. We have Christians here, lapsed Christians, Jews, Muslims, Athiest, fill in the blank, and they are pretty much represented here. An ornament need not depict anything religious... last year I got an ormament from one of our Kindred Spirits in Texas, and she sent an ormament in the shape of the state! Like me, I am sure you have seen all sorts of ornaments; wine bottles, surfboards, teddy bears, candy, pink ribbons (!!!) the list is endless. Sometimes, the participant lets me know that they are part of a certain faith, in that case I let their Secret Santa know. Conversely, if someone says they do NOT celebrate the holidays per se, but want to exchange ornaments, I will let that be known as well.

This was a lot of fun last year! We had a good time thinking about what to get one another, wondering what and when we would get our ornament from someone else, and it connected us in a wonderful way which touched us in ways that cancer cannot. It was a loving, fun, upbuilding way to join hearts.

So, if you want to be a part of this, PM me! I need your names and addresses, which I PROMISE I will keep safe and not share with anyone else!!!!!

I think that by December 1st I will have to say No More Names!!! I hope to have enough names to start pairing you up by mid-November, and you can take it from there as to when you mail it!

Hugs,
Chen♥"

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1surfermom
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Thank you Victoria for organizing the exchange this year. I look forward to this every year. For those of you who are new to this board, it really is a special gift. Each year when I decorate my tree I am reminded of the strength, beauty and kindness of our (as Chen used to write) "kindred spirits". Thanks again. Love surf

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mschaben
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hi I hope you are doing well.  I sent you an email with my name and address as I would like to participate again this year.  Thank you for all you do and for this opportunity .. God bless 

Mary 

peony
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Thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone and order an ornament for the exchange from The Breast Cancer Site (https://thebreastcancersite.greatergood.com/store/bcs/site). I also made a donation when I ordered. The ornament came in pairs so I figured I could keep one for myself. Well, this ornament looks like it came from a dollar store, One of them was broken and an attempt to repair it had been made with a glue gun and there were strings of glue all over it. I don't even want anything in exchange, so I think I'll send it back and have them keep the money in donation. 

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Apaugh
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It is a shame that others take advantage of good people trying to make a difference in another's life.  Thanks for letting us know. 

Hugs,

Annie

HapB
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sorry , Peony! There are some bad people out there who take advantage of cancer patients!   

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Apaugh
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Hap, I ordered yours online too.  Please let me know if it is cheap.  I will send you a better one. 

HUGS,

Annie

HapB
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I did not know the ornament was from you. The other day I had a horrible day at the hospital and i got home late at night.  When I opened the package and saw your beautiful angel ornament with my name in it, it brought tears to my eyes.  It is beautiful and it means even more to me that you sent it, dear Annie. i had mailed you a thank you note, not knowing it was you! Thank you so much! !!!!it is a beautiful ornament! 

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Apaugh
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Well sweetie your welcome!  Glad to hear this and to know it brought you a moment of joy.

Hugs,

Annie

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Apaugh
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BarbA, Thank you do much for the beautiful ornament.  I will hang it with pride knowing it came out of love. 

Peace be with you this holiday season.

Hugs,

Annie

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Barb A
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Hi Annie, I'm glad you received it and like it. I thought the word "believe" was powerful when I saw it. In hearing the news these days and all that goes on, we all need to believe in the good things in life. I wish you and all our sisters and brothers on this site the best this holiday season and always.

Barb A

peony
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Thank you, HapB!  She's beautiful. All the best wishes for a  safe and happy Christmas to you and yours! 

And God bless us, everyone!

HapB
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Joined: Aug 2016

Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones! 

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