Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Friend in Need

It's like 4 AM. I'm sitting here at work, because I came in to cover for the overnight guy, and I keep nodding off, but I can't stop thinking about my friend, Candace.

The Misadventures in Candyland is my all time favorite blog. Hands down. It's the funniest, bravest, most honest thing I've ever read. I dearly miss reading her posts every day, like I used to get to do. Candace has been going through some rough times, lately, with a very difficult pregnancy, and .... well, it's not really my place to put her business up on my blog, but you should go read her post.

Like now.

I already sent her something to try to help, but I would really like it if some of you could lend a hand as well. If everyone who normally leaves a comment here could send Candace and her family even just one dollar, for her wonderful children, Lillihammer, and the Sullinator, it would probably be enough to carry them through to the next paycheck.

I can promise you this is not a scam, and is 100% genuine. Candace gives a lot of her time and effort to a lot of good causes, and because of tough times, this time the cause is her kids. So please, if you can afford to do anything to help, please do.

And if you can't, Candace's blog is still an incredibly entertaining, but also informative place to visit.

You can read about:

How Fartypants are a necessity for getting the Party Starty, or

Why landing an agent is not a Unicorn Toot, or

Just a little bit of Christmas Random, or

Pretty much any post Candace has ever written. She will make you laugh. Promise.

Candylandgang, out.

51 comments:

T.D. McFrost said...
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Lenny Lee* said...

hi mr matthew. i love miss candace and i know shes been having a real hard time. me and my family are helping when we could. sullys my little brother and for sure im gonna help take good care of him. im just real glad they got someone like you thats helping too. youre the best kind of friend ever.
...hugs from lenny

T.D. McFrost said...

Argh, I was a bit too optimistic, so I'm gonna tone it down.

Candace has a great outlook on things despite her troubles. She is so brave and full of light, it's absolutely amazing.

I am so happy you brought this to light because I am more than honored to assist such a deserving woman.

Miranda Hardy said...

I'll head over right now.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's been a while since I visited her site - will go read now.

Em-Musing said...

Hey Matt, I want to donate, but don't have, or am too stupid to find the link. Can you email me the link to paypal?

farawayeyes said...

Been there done that. email me.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Thanks so much for letting me know about this! *cries for Candace*

Clarissa Draper said...

I didn't know about it. I'll check out her blog. I used to go there regularly...I don't know what happened. Thanks for being such a good friend.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I will certainly visit her blog.

Yvonne.

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. You're a very good friend. I wrote to Candace this morning. I also posted this on my blog.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I've never been to her blog, so now I will.

.jessica. said...

Thanks for sharing this. Heading over to her blog now...

Tonja said...

Thanks for sharing. I was also too stupid to figure out the link - she added it to her post.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I appreciate you letting us know, Matt. There's nothing like the personal connection when given the chance to help, even if it's only a little bit.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

You're made of awesome, Matt. So is Candace. *hugs*

Brinda said...

Done. Thanks for sending us to her.

Wine and Words said...

Done! It's a kind thing you did. I hope Everyone donates enough to help her make it through! I've been there. It's do much worse than you can even describe. The body has no verbal language and that's where you feel it the most.

Candyland said...

I've read this about a dozen times but still can't find the words to say thank you. To everyone. I'm so thankful. SO THANKFUL...

Timmy, I heart you. Like Extreme says, MORE THAN WORDS.

Everyone who has emailed or donated or anything...I...I am forever in your debt. Thank you for saving my family.

Joshua said...

Say no more. Done.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Done.

Becky Mahoney said...

I chipped in as well. Thank you for posting this - you're a good friend!

February Grace said...

Thanks for shining a brighter light on the situation- I knew that you would.

I just have to say that I have personally seen Candace open her heart so many times to so many causes (from participating in the Suicide Prevention walk, to another situation I happen to know of where she (and yes I am tooting her horn because she won't) donated to help save a dog that belonged to a family with two autistic kids that got hit by a car and had two severely broken hips. I put out a plea asking for help because the mother in the family was single, had no way to afford the vet bills and though the vets were willing to do the work for free (including complicated surgery) the parts were expensive. They didn't want to have to put the dog down.

I remember Candace being one of the first to respond to my post, saying 'those kids need that dog.'

So she has opened her heart and given all she could and then some even when times were tight for her family before.

Now it's time for us to rally around one of our own. So glad to see folks circling the wagons- hope more will contribute too.

Thanks again for bringing as much attention to the situation as you can. Using your blogging power for good- that's truly an admirable thing.

~bru

JKB said...

Done.

DL Hammons said...

I didn't hesitate.

Heather Kelly said...

Oh, my. I'm still crying a bit. Done. And done.

Thanks, Matt. I wouldn't have known.

Cassie Mae said...

I hadn't found her lovely blog yet. Thank you for sending me her way :) Anything I can do to help, I will :)

J. A. Bennett said...

That is so sweet! I'll have to visit her blog :)

Caledonia Lass said...

I did what I can, I'm following her blog and keeping her and the family in my thoughts. I know what she's going through...

Thanks for posting, Matthew.

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

Off to read about her troubles.

Christine Rains said...

You're so sweet for posting this. I sent her an email and she'll get something from a fellow writer mommy.

Marsha Sigman said...

Done. Thanks for letting us know, Matt.

Jemi Fraser said...

I just came from there and I'm glad I'm able to help out a bit. Thanks so much for spreading the word. :)

Marta Szemik said...

Done.
She's lucky to have you as a friend Matt :)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Consider it done. Her posts have always been so honest and powerful - I truly don't know whether she's made me cry or laugh more. Probably laugh.

Helen Ginger said...

It's wonderful of you to post this. I've never been to her site, but I'm heading over now.

Green Monkey said...

thank you for sharing. I also have never been to her site. Love what you said about her. (p.s. is that a joint or a cigarette hanging from your mouth? - no judgment,just asking)

Angela Ackerman said...

Thanks for the heads up, Matt!

Elle Strauss said...

I think this is really cool that you did this for her. You're a true friend.

Emma Lauren said...

Emailing her now. Thanks, Matt!

Michael Offutt, Visitor from the Future said...

I donated $20 bucks. I just got the email from Paypal (you made me dust off the paypal account that I hadn't used in years). I know that's not much but maybe she can get a diaper or something for that at CostCo.

Johanna Garth said...

Thanks for posting this Matt! I know she's been going through some hard times...headed over there now.

Kelly Polark said...

So amazing to see the blogworld coming together to help one of their own!
You and Candace are wonderful people! (I sent her a little somethin somethin in the mail today. These are hard times, and times like these are for people to come together.)

Julie said...

Sometimes I feel like the blogging community is more family than my own family...Candace saved my life once, I was only too happy to help her out in any way I could.
You're an incredible friend, Matt, for posting this!

Angela M. said...

She's an amazing person, and if anyone here doesn't follow her blog, you should. She'll boggle you with her creativity and generosity. I hate that she's going through such a hard time.

Misha Gericke said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Candace's troubles. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention.

Jamie Burch said...

Thanks for spreading the word!

Laura said...

Good on you! I visited and donated through a link on Talli's blog, and will post about it tomorrow... just wanted to give you a virtual hug for being such a good guy!
Lx

Jessica Bell said...

Of course I'm going to donate money. As soon as I get my paycheck. I miss her too and only wish there was more I could do to help her. Yeah, money is great, but so are hugs and visits and actually HELPING around the house. I wish I could pop by to do that :(

TerryLynnJohnson said...

thanks, Matthew!

Jessica Salyer said...

Thanks for sharing this Matthew. It touched me in ways that words cannot describe. I posted it on my blog and sent her off something in the mail to help. It's absolutely awe inspiring how everyone has come together.