We’re Coming Along!

I have a lot to update you on!!  My computer decided to die two weeks ago, and I lost everything.  Luckily I had backed up all my letters and hard work that I’ve done for this fundraiser…lesson learned!!  So, during that time that I was without, we have had some wonderful things happen for us!!

I mentioned that we will have a benefit supper and silent auction on Saturday, June 25th at our church (St. Paul’s in Waverly for those of you that are local).  I’m really happy with the items that have been donated for the silent auction.  Today I made a few phone calls around town, and I got donations from eight more businesses!!  How can you not LOVE small town Iowa!!  People who don’t even know you are willing to help!

I got an update today on where we are for our money…just a few weeks ago we were at one third of our way to the $20,000 we need to raise.  With some very generous donations that have come in during in the last week, we’ve increased that amount by a chunk.  Now, I don’t want to count my eggs before they’ve hatched, but I’m going to do a little figuring for you.  Our church is working on getting some matching funds for us for our benefit the end of the month.  If you take what we currently have, plus the matching funds, that will put us at just shy of half way there!!!  And by just shy, I mean, there are plenty of pop cans in the ditches of Iowa to pick up, that I could easily make up that difference!!!  So, for all of you local folks, I’m counting on you to come and have some great food and check out our great items for the silent auction so we can get those matching funds.

I’ll work on a more complete list of items for the silent auction and get those posted on here for you in the next week or so. (Nothing like doing some window shopping ahead of time!!)

From the bottom of our hearts, that you to everyone who has donated money, time, and auction items.  We couldn’t have come this far without each and every one of you!  I hope you know that you are helping to change the lives of two little boys who are very grateful for what you have done!

Thank you!!

 

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Planning Something Big

I know it’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone.  I’m really sorry about that.  Things have been busy with Easter a few weeks ago, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year is right around the corner.  We have been planning our big fundraising event too!!  Mark your calendar for June 25th!  We will be having a dinner, silent auction and bakesale at our church.  For those of you who are curious what you might be able to get on the silent auction, I’ll update on here as we get more items donated.  Maybe I can even get some pictures as well, but I don’t want to make any promises!!

So far we have:  Adventureland tickets, Iowa Speedway tickets, handmade jewelry, Mary Kay, Tupperware, art work, denim rag quilt, quilted tote, bean bag board game and tickets to the Big Four Fair!

We have a lot of things in the works as well, so expect to see the list GROW!!!!

Hey, we also had something cool happen.  One of the radio stations offered to do a public service announcement for us, so tune in to 98.5, 97.7 or 92.3!  If you don’t live near us, listen on their website!!!

Thanks again to everyone for their help and generousity!  We’re down to about five months before we get Dotty!!!!

Katie, Troy, Toby and Tyler

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Update

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve updated everyone. I’ve been busy connecting with some of the families who are a part of the Angel Service Dog family. Technology is amazing!! I just got off the phone with a family five states away!! They were sharing with me some of the successful fund-raising ideas that they had. They leave to go and get their dog in 17 days!! I asked her how many hours – I don’t want days now!! Their family also has an autistic child, just like ours, so that was really neat to talk with them.

I’m starting to get ideas together for a dinner and silent auction. I’ve got some great leads on items to auction off, so when the time comes and if you live in the area, you might want to check them out!!

Again we’ve been blessed and pleasantly surprised by the people who have approached us with questions as well as wanting to make donations for Dotty. You truly have no idea how humbling an experience this has been, and we are only getting started.

We leave in October, so we have until then to raise our money. Sorry, I’m not to the point of counting days yet, but when that time comes, you can bet that I will let you know!!! For now, five and a half months is what we are looking at!!

Thank you everyone!

 

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A Surprise Visit

So, sometimes surprises can be a good thing or a bad thing.  The family that has Dotty right now happened to be in “our neck of the woods” this week.  They were only about 100 miles away.  We didn’t know if we could pull it off, but it worked into their trip to drive up to see us!!  Just in case something would happen that they couldn’t make it, we didn’t tell the boys.  So, Toby and Tyler had it in their heads that they wanted to go swimming tonight.  Well, about 15 minutes after we got home from school, a van pulled into our yard.  Tyler watched as the door opened up and out jumped Dotty!  He knew right away who it was.  Toby wasn’t quite as excited.  Normally when we will have something that isn’t in his “schedule” we talk about it before hand.  I mean, we talk about it for DAYS ahead of time, if not a week or two.  He does pretty well then.  And he did great today, knowing that he didn’t have notice before hand.

The visit was just amazing!!  Tyler has been worried that when we get Dotty that she won’t like him.  All of those fears were squelched today!  She just loves little boys!  And she loved playing with our dog Reed!  Poor Reed.  That little girl just ran circles around him!!  They were great together, but he was out cold within two minutes of her leaving.  He was so tired from trying to keep up with her!

Dotty still has a LOT of training to complete, so when we get her in October she will be a totally different dog.  Today Tyler got to hold her leash when we came in the house, and she led him all around the house – the kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, all the bedrooms and the basement.  Her family told us that when she is trained that is what she is supposed to do – go from room to room looking for peanuts!!!

We had a great visit with her family as well.  Such a nice family!  There are no words to express how much we appreciate what they are doing.  I can’t imagine having a dog to love and take care of, knowing that you wouldn’t be able to keep it!  That truly takes a special family.  We can’t wait to get to see them again in October when Dotty graduates!!

Thanks for checking in!  We appreciate all the prayers and donations!

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We’re Getting There!

We are almost a quarter of the way to raising the funds that we need for Dotty! Thank you to everyone for their support and prayers! No fear, we will get there. We have until October to raise the funds that we need.
We’ve gotten to “meet” the family who is raising Dotty via the wonderful world of the internet! Dotty has been doing some really cool things:  going to hockey games, bowling, and the best – Wal-Mart!!!
Tyler is worried that Dotty won’t like him once we get her. You’ll have to check back in a week and a half, but there might be something in his future that will ease that worry. Maybe all the stars and planets will line up just right!
Thank you again for all the support and prayers! We appreciate them all!!

 


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Update

Hello Everyone!!
We are getting a great response from everyone!  Thank you to everyone showing interest in our story!  Tonight Toby and Tyler helped me drop off change jars at a few businesses around town. Thanks to those places for letting us put those out.  I know it’s some extra work for them, but we appreciate it.  Tyler was in charge of taping the papers to the walls and counters…they might not look pretty, but they aren’t going anywhere!!   He did a great job!
I got a really cool phone call tonight from a gal I’ve known for about eight years.  A co-worker of hers had some questions about Asperger’s, so I was happy to help answer whatever questions I could help with.  Sometimes it’s hard to know where to look for local resources.  Us moms have to stick together you know!
Thank you everyone for all you have done.
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Here’s…….Dotty!

Here are our first pictures of Dotty!

I hear that her training is coming along very well. She’s doing a great job. We got word that our first donations have arrived at Angel Service Dogs. Thank you so much to those of you who have given so far! We have a long way to go, but every little bit helps.

I’ve been able to hook up with some people on Facebook who have already received an AA dog from Angel Service Dogs, Inc. What an AWESOME bunch of people. Very helpful and full of information! Thank you Dana for answering all my questions! I promise there will be more to come!

Thank you everyone for your support. We greatly appreciate it!

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