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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Labor of Love Charities - "Homeless, Not Hopeless"


I'm a firm believer in the fact that when things are meant to happen, they will. Sometimes it will happen so quickly it can make your head spin. For me, it's always meant that this is God's will. A good example of this recently occurred with my son, Anthony. He has always had a love for helping the homeless. Earlier this year, I blogged about the experience we shared in volunteering for "Hot Dogs for the Homeless" in downtown Oklahoma city. This small act of love has exploded into something wonderful which will benefit so many of the less fortunate in the months and years to come.

In a nutshell, Anthony decided to start helping the homeless in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he currently attends college. He makes lunch for the homeless each Sunday and delivers it to them in the streets where they reside and started a non-profit organization called "Labor of Love Charities." He decided to take this a step further by checking out buildings for rent with the intent that he would turn this into a homeless shelter/resource center. One building of interest - a 1901 two-story hotel - was available for rent. Anthony contacted the owner of the hotel and told him of his plans for the building. The owner of the building happens to be a doctor in the area who also has a love for helping others. He decided to DONATE the building to Anthony's charity. In addition, the doctor and his wife (who is a nurse) have graciously offered to provide FREE medical care to the homeless who seek assistance through the Labor of Love Charities. They will be working hand-in-hand with Anthony in making this dream come true.

The doctor, a gentleman named Keith, is also quite the publicity man. He contacted the television show "Extreme Home Makeover" to see if they would possibly be interested in renovating this hotel/future shelter. The television show has since requested a video of the hotel. Please keep your fingers crossed! If the show decides to take on the task of renovating this hotel/shelter, it will mean that more of the charity's resources can be used to assist the homeless. I'll keep you posted!

The Shawnee News-Star wrote an article about Anthony's efforts which they have featured in both their online and print newspaper editions. Please feel free to check it out if you get a chance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

EBay Negative Feedback Horror Stories

It's no secret that many EBay sellers are frustrated with the changes EBay made to it's feedback system about a year ago. Sellers can no longer leave negative feedback for the buyers, so the ball is definitely in the buyer's court. Unfortunately, this has resulted in inaccurate and unfair negative feedback being left for sellers by some unscrupulous buyers or inexperienced new EBayers out there.

For the most part, I've been pretty fortunate with my feedback situation. I've had my share of difficult customers like everyone else, but, for the most part, those have been a rarity. Until this past month. I don't know if people are extra cranky from the heat, the economy or if there's been a continuous full moon out there, but WOW, I've been slammed with 4 negative complaints in a 30 day period. That's more than I've EVER had in ALL of the years I've been on EBay.

I wrote an EBay guide on my latest feedback experiences entitled, "EBay Feedback Horror Stories". Please be sure to check it out - and vote "yes" for it, if you would like to. Also, feel free to share your comments with me here on my blog. As always, I enjoy hearing from you!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Winner of "Name My Etsy Store" Contest


Well, it's been an interesting month for me. I've received lots of great suggestions for my new Etsy store, but there can only be one winner. The winning name for my new Etsy store will be "RETRO REVISITED"; the suggestion for this store name came from Krista Lassiter. Congratulations, Krista! You win $25.00 of FREE merchandise from my EBay store!!!

Thanks to everyone who participated!