Here's to the best friend I could ask for
This is probably one of the most challenging posts I’ve written over the past 15 weeks. Finding the right charities to write about was easy, being thankful for Kristina was easy, finding lots of fun pictures to accompany this post was easy, figuring out a way to convey what she means to me was not so easy. Kristina is in the group of friends I’ve known forever so I’ve attempted to tell her how much she means to me over the course of about ten years, but I’m not sure I’ve ever been successful. I’m so thankful for her incredible loyalty, overwhelming support, sincere love, and continuous effort she puts into causes she believes in, like our friendship. She is always giving me new ideas for blogs, and helps me remember why I wanted to start this labor of love to begin with.
Until about three months ago K was the manager of a Starbucks in NC. It was awesome (for me) because she gave us pounds and pounds of free coffee, knew about great new music before everybody else, and got discounts on sweet merchandise. It was awesome for the community around her because her store was dedicated to helping adorable little canines find homes through the Family Addition Dog Rescue. FADR also happens to be where she and her husband J adopted their second dog, Macon. FADR is a small group of like-minded individuals who dedicate their time, home, and hearts to helping dogs who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned in their community of Huntersville, NC. They believe that a dog is another member of the family so they are very diligent about placing the dogs into homes where they will be loved and welcomed with open arms and paws. Like most girls K and I love to shop. I’m pretty sure we manage to do it every time we see each other. Plus we’re Americans, buying way more stuff than we actually need is what we do. (RED) realized this and came up with the ingenious idea to transform our need as consumers into a force to help others. They have teamed up with a couple of brands you may have heard of like Apple, Converse, Gap, Nike, and Starbucks to sell special products where up to half of proceeds go directly to The Global Fund. Since beginning five short years ago in 2006 over $16 million dollars have been raised for TGF and over 5 million people have been educated through HIV and AIDS programs supported by the RED initiative. Having HIV or AIDS is not the death sentence that it was twenty years ago, and RED is making sure people know that.
Family Addition Dog Rescue Donation
So here’s to you Kristina! You are dependable, logical, beautiful, wise beyond your years, and benevolent. Your heart is made of gold and your spirit is unbreakable. You are always full of ideas I could never come up with, and willing to help no matter what the cause. You’ve watched me laugh, cry, make a fool of myself, fall down (literally and figuratively), be selfish, and give back. But no matter what, you’re always there by my side, and I know always will be. Thank you for being everything that I never knew I needed, and now I can’t live without. Thank you for being my person.