As many of you already know, Mike Crowley of Glass Hive has had a heart attack, a triple bypass, and is without medical insurance. Private medical insurance is astronomically priced after heart surgery, and is unreachable for many of us. I had my bypass in 1997, although luckily, I caught it before I had a heart attack, and, thankfully, I had employee insurance at the time which covered my surgery and hospital stay.
Mike was less fortunate than I, and really needs our help and support for his family at this time. For my part, I'm parting with $5.50 per order on any order purchased via this special link: http://www.artintheround.com
As long as this link is active, I'll be offering all of you FREE SHIPPING for US orders (or $2.50 off the regular rate for international orders) plus I'll pitch in $3.00 per order directly to the Mike Crowley Heart Fund, set up by Pam Pitts of www.pittsglass.com
, who is the account trustee. I'm also donating tools to the silent auction to be held at Glass Stock at the end of August.
Please take this opportunity to give yourself a BeaDreamer, and help the Crowley family as well. While you're at it, you might also consider donating the $2.50 saved to the fund directly. Each of our small parts really can add up to make a difference. You can do that by making an in-person donation to "Mike Crowley Heart Fund" which Pam has kindly set up, at any Bank of America branch. I'll be doing my donations that way, as there is one right down the street from me.
Whatever you decide to do with the shipping saved, keep it or donate it, is totally your call, and won't be known by anyone. I believe there is also a way to donate via PayPal as well, but I don't have the info yet. If and when I do, I'll post it here.
As of this writing, all sizes except the 5/64 are in stock and ready to be shipped immediately. 5/64 tools will be back in stock within about ten business days.
Please consider other ways you can help if you haven't already done so. So many are contributing. It is heartwarming to see the effort. Just be aware that sometimes things like this pop up, and then blow over. It won't blow over for Mike and his family, ever. Trust me, I know. So think about what you could do, not just to make a personal contribution, but to get others involved as well.
Many, if not most of you are self employed, and living without health insurance too. I'd certainly be preaching to the choir if I got on a soapbox in this post, on that issue! Most of us are in that boat. But, our voices can make a difference, and votes count. (Sometimes.
Think about what you can do to advocate for change in our healtcare system, and put your vote to work in 2008. I certainly intend to. 46 million people are without medical insurance in the US. I admit I have stayed home on election day in the past, when it seemed pointless. This time, it seems that real change just might actually happen. Hopefully, 46 million others will agree. You are probably one of them. Think about it. THAT kind of effort can have a huge, and lasting impact for all of us.