July 30, 2017

This week, I delivered 2nd Spread Love donation to CAIR-WA (Counsel on American-Islamic Relations).    CAIR's mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions that promote justice & mutual understanding.  

As noted in the image, they handle approximately 350 civil rights cases annually the cost, on average $600/case and rely on the help of approximately 40 local legal professionals volunteer hours to handle each case thoroughly.   CAIR's executive director, Arsalan Bukari emphasized that many cases have great impact beyond the individual representation.  The outcomes of the cases have helped establish equity and inclusion policy in our city.  The work CAIR is doing locally and nationally is essential and they are grateful for the support from the Spread Love campaign.

This Spread Love donations pushes the total campaign given over th...

July 30, 2017

Sarah's (the #UNITER from the last post) friend also sent an image and a note... 

"This is my youngest daughter with our sign when it arrived. When my family came over, I made it a teaching moment to teach the children / my nieces and nephews about each phrase."
--Martita, Camarillo, CA

July 25, 2017

In June, a woman from Southern CA asked if it was possible to have 25 signs shipped to Thousand Oaks.  Today I received an email from her that I hope may inspire others to follow her lead.

"Thanks so much for making it work to get our signs to SoCal!

So many happy folks down here. After visiting Seattle I posted in an advocacy group I'm a part of to see if there was interest and boy there sure was! Immediately I had 19 interested folks. I ordered 25 as I figured there would be a few stragglers and sure enough there was. So easy to distribute and folks were happy to share the cost of shipping (which was a steal divided by 25).

The best part of it was watching my almost 7 year old daughters face light up when we opened the box and she read the message. It was like you'd summed up our family values in a nutshell!"

Thank you Sarah for being a #UNITER!

July 25, 2017

Excited to receive news that Kizuri Spokane has sold almost all of the 50 signs received last month. Owner, Kim Harmson chose 3 local nonprofits to support, letting her customers direct their sign purchase to the organization of their choice. Here is where the money raised is heading in Spokane:

$240 to Planned Parenthood
$140 to Refugee Connections
$60 to NAACP

If you are in the area, Kizuri has just a few signs left and help grow those amounts. Hoping we can keep spreading the love far and wide! Thank Kim for taking a big leap to be a part and hep grow the movement! 

July 24, 2017

Cindy Richter joined the Spread Love movement this month getting something to wear for every season. Her package just arrived in Lena, Germany and she got right to work being a great #UNITER!

Please follow Cindy's lead and join the movement and invite others along!  


July 20, 2017

Both USA National team/Seattle Reign phenom and Seattle Super Sonic legend, Slick Watts joined the Spread Love movement at the Storm game. It was a great night standing up with Planned Parenthood, cheering on the Storm & creating unity in our community!  

July 20, 2017

Tuesday night Spread Love was honored to be a part of WNBA Seattle Storm's historic event taking a stand for Planned Parenthood.

So many Storm fans shared their excitement finding Spread Love signs & more to buy at the game.  Spread Love raised $1,000 at the game and will be donating the funds to Planned Parenthood. 

July 18, 2017

One of my favorite parts of this campaign...Spread Love 2017 donations about to head out the door to  IRC-Seattle , It Gets Better Project & The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment. 

Thanks to Cafe Javasti, #UNITER (s) Sarah Casey who bought 25 signs for her California friends & Linda for getting 10 signs to share on Marrowstone Island.
This brings the #spreadlove2017 donation total to $39,200.  


July 13, 2017

Last night I watched the Espy's and was inspired by so many individuals who accepted awards.  At the top of the list was Tim Shriver, who was accepting an award on behalf of his late mother, Eunice Shriver who founded the Special Olympics and fearlessly, tirelessly and gracefully championed equal rights for the "intellectually disabled".  He spoke of the current intellectual disabilities movement and how we need to listen & learn from the athletes of the Special Olympics. His words deeply resonated with me as I believe they are true for the Spread Love movement.

"This movement is no longer a movement for people with intellectual differences, it is also a movement from them.  It's a movement from them inviting us all to see the world as they so often do Remove the blinders. Remove the fear. Remove the stereotypes. See the person. See the person you’re afraid of. Open your arms. See the person you are angry at. See each other. Welcome the person who is c...

July 12, 2017

Spread Love 2017 is excited to join the Seattle Storm to stand with Planned Parenthood at next Tuesday's game (7/18). $5 from each ticket and all profits from Spread Love 2017 will be donated to Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands

Bring your friends & family to this HISTORIC EVENT!

“We are thrilled about this first-of-its-kind partnership,” said Christine Charbonneau, CEO of PPGNHI. “The Seattle Storm owners made a decision to publicly support Planned Parenthood making them the first professional sports team to make their voice heard and their stance known. We are proud to work alongside the Storm and their efforts in leveling the playing field for women and girls. Right now, we are seeing a relentless effort to roll back progress for women. Being in this fight alongside our supporters and the Storm is an honor.”

#spreadlove2017 #standwithpp #strongertogether #seattlestorm 

July 9, 2017

BEST way to start the day...out for a mind clearing run at before 1st game at soccer tourney. 3 mins in I see this great guy Paul Aur. He shared that on a recent flight from Dallas all the attendants loved his #spreadlove2017 hoodie & were asking where he got it😍 
Paul has done so much to spread love & continue to support & encourage my work. Turned my run into a loop back by my car...he needed some summer Spread Love attire. Grateful for him as a #UNITER and more importantly the positive impact he has on kids, parents and coaches in his community. 
Join the Spread Love movement. Get your summer attire today! While you are at it, get a gift or two for a friend.  Be a UNITER too!


July 7, 2017

Today marks 6 months since I ordered my 1st 200 signs...I had noplan but HUGE optimism that I could find a home for 199 signs & raise some $$ at the same time. So much has happened, so many amazing people have crossed my path & lifted my spirits in that time.
Today also marks the 4th anniversary of one amazing woman, mother, powerhouse, optimist & friend's passing. Stacey loved life, her family, people & impacted every person she met. I miss her smile, giggle & light in our world each & every day.
Tonight I was out on date night with my husband & I felt like Stacey winked & gave me the biggest high five to remind me that everything was going to be okay & keep marching on in this crazy journey to Spread Love...as we drove away from the restaurant, I saw a woman walking. As we passed her, I realized it was Pat Wright, leader of Total Experience Gospel Choir I LOVE PAT WRIGHT!! REALLY LOVE LOVE LOVE HER. I told my husband he needed to tur...

July 6, 2017

On Monday, an order popped into my inbox for 5 signs purchased by a woman in West Seattle.  Given that it was a holiday week, shipping would be slowed, I decided to hand deliver the signs to West Seattle.

When I walked up to the home, I was surprised to find they had already joined the Spread Love movement with a sign.  My heart soared.  This is what I hope more and more people will consider doing...buying a sign for yourself if great...buying signs to spread beyond yourself embodies the movement!  This action will exponentially compound conversations, ideas, unity and community...and I promise it will bring so much positivity into your life at the least expected times.  This is what our society needs to find strength and have our voices heard.  WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER!

Consider following this wonderful family's lead.  Buy a few extra Spread Love items--tell your friends you have them and they will buy them from you, give as gifts,...

July 6, 2017

Following my spin workout today, the instructor's 6 year old daughter, Tabatha, joined her up front and handed out origami fortunes she had made during the hour class.  Her mom then shared with her that I was in the class and let me know that she LOVED their sign and had memorized what it said.   Tabatha, in front of the entire class, then recited for memory the "In This House" message.  It was awesome.  

I share this because it is something I have heard often from parents--moms received Mother's Day cards from their kids with the message written inside, kids recite it every night as they go to bed...so many heart lifting moments have been shared.  Kids are our future and to them, this message resonates and seems obviously simple.  

I would love to have videos of all the kids reciting this message the makes so much sense to them.  They are the leaders of our future but what if we had them lead the Spread Love movement.  Love and...

July 1, 2017

Spread Love joined the Capitol Hill PrideFest.  We decorated Cal Anderson Park with our giant "In This City, We Believe..." sign and then headed a few blocks down to set up our booth.  It was an incredible day, selling tons of Spread Love product and receiving so many kind words about the work we were doing.  Nick, an International Rescue Committee-Seattle introduced himself and let us know how much their organization appreciates the Spread Love message and being a recipient of the movements fundraising.  It was a honor to meet him, thank him for the work he is doing and let him know that I hope we return again and again with money to support the vital work they are doing.

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