Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursday Thinking – A Force to Be Reckoned With

Tsunamis.  Volcanoes.  Earthquakes.  Hurricanes.  Tornadoes.  A dozen women with a worthy cause.  Certainly these are forces to be reckoned with. 

Three year old Austin Jones needs a kidney transplant.  After a nasty bout with e.coli last summer, his kidneys failed and he’s been on dialysis since.  Austin’s parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents are friends to many in this community.  When it was announced that Austin would need $50,000 to proceed with a transplant, one friend came forward and offered to organize a benefit auction in his behalf.  And you know where there is one woman there will be two, and if there are two women, they are probably going to organize a party . . . and that is what they did.  A dozen women started scouring the county for donations to auction in Austin’s behalf.  Tomorrow the auction will be held at the community grange hall, just down the road.  Because a dozen women organized it, there are dozens and dozens of items.  For space purposes, I’ll just list a baker’s dozen:

A hand-pieced quilt
A steak dinner for 6
A basketball jersey autographed by Jimmer Fredette
Six Mariners tickets
Two nights stay at the Blackbird Bed & Breakfast in Leavenworth, Washington
One-fourth of a side of beef
An hour airplane ride over the Columbia Basin for 3 people
Estate Planning and Will
A horse pack trip
A children’s birthday party
An afternoon of boating, skiing, tubing, and snacks for 4
One of Calvin’s custom made long bows

Oh . . . here is another dozen:

Two hours of pony rides
Transmission flush
Legacy chocolates
One year of wireless internet
Golf packages
Adult and child teeth whitening
Original art work (photography, painting, and steel sculpture)
Six UW football tickets
Auto detailing
One month of fitness sessions with a personal trainer
Fifty pounds of potatoes, fifty pounds of onions, and twenty pounds of apples

If you’d like to be part of a good cause, come to the O'Sullivan Grange, tomorrow, April 15th.  It’s on Hwy 17 and Road 3 SE, Moses Lake, Washington.  The silent auction begins at 5:00, dinner at 6:00, and the live auction at 7:00.  There are dozens and dozens of items for bid.  Now, Austin just needs dozens of buyers.


Cali said...

I'm still so humbled and flabbergasted by this auction and those who are organizing it. What an incredible show of support. Two nights ago I got off the phone with you and Ray asked what Cactus Cal was up to. I told him he was out in the shop working on a bow. He asked who he was making a bow for and I gave him an ear-full about this whole auction... how incredible and sweet it was.

ps. The baby has the hiccups right now. Kind of a funny feeling. It keeps making me giggle because... well... there's something living inside me and it has the hiccups and somehow that's really funny to me.

Tiffany Fackrell said...

I am going to just say ditto to everything cali said...except i don't have a baby inside of me...but baby hiccups inside are funny! That little boy is one precious boy who has hundreds of people that LOVE HIM!! If we all pull together we can get him that transplant! ALso just an FYI they are having a garage sale in his honor on Saturday the 16th. from 8:00 until noon i Crystal Bruce's house...i don't know the address off the top of my head but if you want it I can find it for you. or i guess you could probably look it up on your stake directory too! (I believe she lives on Napels St. SE...but I don't remember the house number)

Mama Tales said...

A Dozen + one. Thank you Jane! Tickets for the meal are sold but there is room for bidders in the auction. Thank you for all you support... thank you ALL for your support!

Anonymous said...


It is so great to hear from you. Thank you for the post. I am really amazed at how many people have come together for Austin's cause. The support means so much more than any amount of money. It is the support that get us through the waiting, watching Austin being sick, the disappointments. We are indeed humbled and touched by the love and generosity of so many up there. So yes, you can use the picture, and if anyone wants to read the whole story they can go to We are so excited to hear about tomorrow night, I am sad that we cannot be up there to thank every person who comes. Thank you!

With Love and Gratitude,

melanie said...

I love the title to this post. So very true. And definitely inspiring.

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

You just know that when you have this many people pull together and show this much love, mountains will move.
How amazing.

Jill said...

Wow, this is amazing!

Tiffany Fackrell said...

I heard everything was AMAZING!!! Miracles are happening for that little boy and his amazing family! i'm crying just thinking about it!

michelle said...

I'm so sad thinking about Austin and his family. A little boy should not have to be on dialysis! I hope everything works out for him, and soon.

You're right, women with a cause are definitely a force to be reckoned with! Amazing.

Marie said...

I loved this post. So many people banding together to save this one beloved child.

I hope the auction went well and that those great items brought in enough for Austin.

jenny said...

Jane that is such a wonderful thing!

Derek-Jenny-Kaitlynd-Ethan-Dylan said...

We watched Temple Grandin last night! I was a little apprehensive. Derek and I are not farm people. It was such a wonderful film, so uplifting. Just what we needed! Thanks for recommending it!