Posted in Charitable Outreach, The Senior Source, Tiara Trouble Royalty Donations

#GivingTuesday. Get it!

We’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so now it’s time for Giving Tuesday.  This is actually a thing!  And it’s a thing I can support wholeheartedly.

What is #GivingTuesday?  From their website: 

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. This year help us create #GivingTuesday. A new day for giving back.  On Tuesday December 3, 2013, global charities, families, businesses, community centers, students and more will come together to create #GivingTuesday.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Be a part of a national celebration of our great tradition of generosity.

You all know that I am donating all my royalties from December sales of TIARA TROUBLE to The Senior Source.  If you haven’t already picked up your copy, make it part of your Giving Tuesday.  You’ll spend $2.99 for the eBook, and The Senior Source will get $2.09 of that.  If you buy a print book, send me a picture of the receipt and I will match my eBook royalty to that sale.

In 2012, The Outside Lane donated 70 pairs of slipper socks to The Senior Source, hoping to help keep some older toes warm and toasty.  This year, I’d love to do even more by donating a nice lump sum.

Please share with you friends.  Even if you never read the book (which you should because you will learn great tips for keeping your butt from jiggling in a swimsuit) you will have helped a worthy cause.

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Buy a Book, Boost a Senior Citizen!

Every year, I do a special holiday shopping guide of my favorite things.  This year, I’m doing it a little differently.  I am only hawking one item because ALL the proceeds from the sale will go DIRECTLY to helping Senior Citizens through The Senior Source.

For the month of December, I am donating all royalties from eBook sales of TIARA TROUBLE to The Senior Source.  That’s $2.09 going to help the elderly out of each sale of the $2.99 eBook.

My grandparents were all of significant importance to me, and my great-grandparents were for my mom and dad.  We were all fortunate to have had our people around for good lengths of time, and fortunate to have been able to keep them either with us until they passed away, or in very good elder care situations.  A lot of families, a lot of individuals aren’t as fortunate.  That’s why I love The Senior Source.

This is what they are about:

Who We Are

Since 1961, The Senior Source has served greater Dallas as the go-to nonprofit for aging services.  We assist older adults at all income levels from the most active to the very frail. People come to us for help with job searches, nursing home advocacy, money management, volunteer opportunities and counseling on any aging issue.

The Senior Source is a United Way service provider. 

What We Do

  • Provide help to older adults and caregivers of aging loved ones
  • Offer money management services and consultations
  • Assist with job search and employment opportunities
  • Advocate for nursing home and assisted living residents
  • Educate the community on issues affecting older adults
  • Coordinate volunteer activities for older adults
  • Place older adults as elementary school tutors and mentors
  • Provide companions for low income, frail elderly

So, when you’re doing your holiday shopping, please consider buying a copy of TIARA TROUBLE as a gift.  For every eBook sold, my full royalty will go into helping the people who first helped us–our elderly.  If you buy a print copy, send me a picture of the receipt (, and I’ll match my eBook royalty for that sale.  $2.99 is less than the cost of activating a gift card!

Let’s go for it, and help make some money for Senior Citizens.

Click me to help a Senior Citizen!
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Updated: Want to Help West?

I am updating this entry because based on word from West itself, our plans have changed:

This request comes from the Mayor of West. All the goods donated are wonderful but we have received so much, it has become a problem. At this time there are no real material needs for supplies. What will make the BIGGEST affect, is donate money to the relief at Point West Bank & Trust (254) 826-5333 or State National Bank (254) 826-3741.


We’ve had a sad few days, haven’t we?

B and I are planning to drive some supplies down to West this weekend, to help in the aftermath of their plant explosion.  They’ve been a frequent stop for us on road trips, and I have a real soft spot for that little town.  I’d be happy to take a box of things down for you, if you are local.  You can email me at for info.

If we have to change our plans, or we run out of room in our car, I’ll direct you to a local drop off site.

People are asking for the following:

  • Bottled water
  • Toiletries
  • Clothes
  • Blankets
  • Diapers
  • Formula
  • Bottles
  • Toys
  • Adult Diapers (over 100 elderly had to be evacuated from their homes in an elderly care facility)
  • Peroxide
  • Alcohol
  • Gauze
  • Medical supplies
  • Cots
  • Air Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Dog food
  • Cat food
  • Pet crates/carriers

My grandparents lost their home to arson when I was small.  They were visiting our house when burglars broke in, stole what they wanted, ate what they wanted out of the refrigerator, then set fire to the mattresses in every bedroom.  They lost nearly everything.  I will never forget the look on my grandfather’s face.  I will never forget how it affected them.  I will also never forget that people shared what they had to help them.

Even if you aren’t anywhere near Boston or West, somewhere close, there is a family who needs help.  I encourage you to share what you can.  You could make a lasting impression on a little girl who will grow up to try to emulate your kindness–and that will help change the world for the better.

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Heat the Homeless with Ashton

I have a lovely friend, Charlcye, who is a bonus mom to three beautiful girls.  Charlcye and Mike are raising their daughters to be socially aware and to understand how their lives can positively impact the world around them.  When Charlcye posted about their daughter Ashton’s drive to help the homeless, I asked if I could share it with you all.  Here is their story:

At age 8, Ashton and I were in the car driving to Half Priced Book Store.  She saw a homeless man on the corner with a sign that said he was homeless.

She asked “Where does he sleep?”

I said I didn’t know…he didn’t have a home.

She asked, “What does he do when it’s cold outside?”

I said he tries to find a place to go inside or he finds a place to sleep next to a building and tries to bundle up under a blanket.

She asked, “Can we take him home to live with us?”

I said we weren’t able to do that but we could do something to help him and other people in this situation.

We went to the bookstore, I gave her $5 to buy a book. She found two books and showed them to me. She said, “I really want this book.” which was almost $5.   Then she said, “If I buy this book for $2 can I take the rest of the money to the homeless man?”

She bought the $2 book and we searched for the man. That night she told her dad about her day. She was sad… Mike and I discussed how to empower her in situations and how to teach her to create opportunities to make a difference in the world.

We  decided to start an annual coat drive that is “Ashton’s”. She makes the signs for the collection boxes, arranges where the collection spots will be, helps promotes the event, regularly picks up the items, and takes the items to the shelter(s).

Ashton is now 10 years old. She is empowered. She has the confidence and experience to know she can and will change her world.

She is collecting Nov 5th-20th at Bolsa Mercado, in North Oak Cliff. Two more collection sites (TBD) will participate as part of her 2012 “Heat the Homeless” drive.

If  you are local to DFW and are looking for a way to be involved, I strongly recommend Ashton’s Heat the Homeless drive.  I know Charlcye very well, and 100% vouch for any work in which she is involved.  Find more information on Facebook here, and check out Bolsa Mercado for a free coffee with your donation.