Photos from the Field



Right: RandomKids Grant, Talia, and Kayla on 12/01, not long after finding out that kids across America raised over $5 Million dollars for hurricane relief! More pictures from kids all around the country on the same call, coming soon.

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If you have any pictures you'd like to share of TLC / UNICEF trick-or-treaters, please email them to anne@aga-recruit.com. Please feel free to include any anecdotal information, like how much they raised, etc.

Above: Some kids in Waukee, IA getting ready to collect some major coin to help out people affected by the hurricanes on the Gulf Coast, and kids around the world!


Kids from Pineview School in Sarasota, FL collected A LOT of loose change by trick or treating! They raised $3,246.45! WAY TO GO!


At left: Henry from FL with hundreds of pounds of coins collected by his school for UNICEF! Way to go everyone!



This little mermaid on the left brought in quite a treasure! Thanks to Midwest Heritage Bank and Hy-Vee for letting the children come into the bank to see first-hand how much money they collected!

At Right, Talia in IA leads a conference call with kids around the USA just before trick or treating on Oct. 30, 2005. It was pretty cool to hear kids from NY, FL, ID, CA, WA, GA cheer us on in Iowa!



Here's Elizabeth in GA counting some major coin! She and her brother raised over $100 trick or treating for UNICEF!
At left, Max in CA on the same nationwide call as Talia, above. Max collected $75 on Halloween night!
Hey everybody, check out what Henry in FL accomplished!



Those wacky funsters above are none other than Anne, Talia, and Talia's mom Dana

T.L.C. Staff

Attention Staff: You guys TOTALLY ROCKED! Thanks for great cheers on our national conference call and for all of your hard work! Please email anne@aga-recruit.com if you'd like to add new infomation about how trick-or-treating went (see Henry's page as an example). And please consider emailing pictures in for our photos from the field page.

Elizabeth L., 9 years old, Atlanta, GA--UNICEF True World Hero

Grant C., 6th grade, Waukee, IA--TLC Trick or Treater and the guy with the starting line!

Henry, fifth grade, FL--UNICEF True World Hero

Wilbur, first grade, NY--UNICEF True World Hero

Anne Ginther, young'ish mom in IA, TLC Advisor, Founder of Halloween Helpers

Update:

Kids in central Iowa are still bringing in their money they collected trick-or-treating Sunday night. So far, just one little town called Waukee has already brought in roughly $3500.00 to their local Hy-Vee store. If all 221 HyVee stores in their 7 state territory brought in the same amount, we'd have over $700,000! So if we're bringing in $100,000 per state, we can rake in FIVE MILLION across 50 states for hurricane relief!!! Let's make THAT our goal!

Hey kids, did you "hire" yourself yet? If not, check out the job board. Once you've decided what you're going to do, please email anne@aga-recruit.com and send us a "bio" that answers the following questions:

First Name, last initial, City, State

What's your personal (or team) goal for how much you want to collect for T.L.C.
hurricane relief?


What's your halloween costume going to be?

What did you do before T.L.C. became your life?

Role Models

Favorite T.L.C. Anecdotes (tell us about life "in the field!")

Favorite Quote

Trivial Tidbits

For safety reasons, we will not publish any personal identifying information. Please always be sure to have an adult just double check and make sure that you're staying safe on the Internet.

Elizabeth L., 9 years old, Atlanta, GA--UNICEF True World Hero

Update:
Elizabeth and her brother personally collected $109.33! Outstanding!

And here's a breakdown of what her school, Trinity School in Atlanta collected:

Coins:
6.025 pennies
1,512 nickels
2,158 dimes
2,467 quarters
13 dollars

PLUS $936 in cash

The total amount: $1,923.40!!! OUTSTANDING! It's amazing what a bunch of loose change can do, isn't it? Even more amazing are the kids who go out there and get it to help out someone in need! Thanks guys!

First Name, Last Initial, City, State: Elizabeth L., Atlanta, GA

What's your personal (or team) goal for how much you want to collect for T.L.C. hurricane relief? $100 from personal Trick-or-Treating, helped organize Trinity School TOT program with a goal to raise $3,000.00

What's your Halloween costume going to be? Dorothy, and my dog Lucy will be the cowardly lion

What did you do before T.L.C. became your life? Student at Trinity School, Pet Lover, Artist.

Role Models: Hillary Duff, Skye Sweetnam

Favorite T.L.C. Anecdotes (tell us about life "in the field!"): I've learned that many people in the world are not as fortunate as we are.

Favorite Quote: Helping People is Contagious

Trivial Tidbits: I have a 6 year old brother named Griffin and I love to sing

Wilbur, first grader, NY, UNICEF True World Hero


We're thrilled to have Wilbur join the TLC team! UNICEF has told us many wonderful things about him!

In response to the South Asian Tsunami of 2005, First grade New Yorker Wilbur asked his friends to bring money to donate to UNICEF instead of bringing presents for his birthday party. He said he was thinking of all that he had, and then thought about the children who had so little. Wilbur has been a yearly supporter of UNICEF through the Trick or Treat for UNICEF program. His generosity was inspired by a classmate who also asked for donations to UNICEF rather than gifts for her birthday, followed by a class trip to the United Nations in New York City. We think this generosity is pretty heroic for a first grader!

We're excited to have Wilbur call the TLC team in IA on Sunday night to give us some words of wisdom, a pep talk, and a count down to trick or treating! We can't wait to meet you, Wilbur!

The TLC Team

DONATE MONEY ONLINE HERE

Donate on line using these links which have code that will automatically track your donation to the TLC Movement:

Fifty Cents of every dollar contributed to UNICEF goes to helping children in the Gulf Coast region. The other half goes to helping children around the world, including the recently earthquake ravaged Pakistan.

All amounts donated through this link to the American Red Cross go directly to help Gulf Coast hurricane survivors.
Alternatives to donating on-line:
1. Dropping off your donations:
*You may drop off your donations for UNICEF at any Coinstar location (in many major retailers) across the USA. To find the machine nearest you, click here.

*You may drop off your donations for the American Red Cross at any HyVee location in seven states and 221 stores.
2. Send in a check to any hurricane relief charity.
*Children and schools across the USA have selected a variety of reputable charities all related to hurricane relief. If you go this route, please send your check directly to the charity, and BE SURE TO CLICK ON THIS LINK TO REPORT IT HERE (no other way to track it).

Henry M, 5th grade, Osprey, Florida--UNICEF True World Hero

Henry is a 5th grade student at the Pine View School for the Gifted in Osprey, Florida. As a long time supporter of UNICEF, with a mom who has been Trick or Treating for UNICEF since she was a child, Henry decided to initiate a school-wide Trick or Treat for UNICEF program at his school. He and his mom contacted Shannon Donovan, a teacher at Pine View School, to get permission and support to initiate what they hope will be a new tradition at Pine View. Henry has written a letter to his fellow students and put posters up around his school. He’s coordinating box distribution, collection, and his family is sponsoring a pizza party for the class with the "heaviest" Trick or Treat for UNICEF collection box. Kudos to Henry for his spirit, generosity, and organizational skills!


Henry is looking very PEACEFUL in holding his Trick or Treat for UNICEF box before hitting the neighborhoods!




An update on how Henry did with his trick-or-treating: Henry was included in the conference calls this weekend with TLC. He passed out 1000 UNICEF boxes at his school last week. We spent 3 hours processing Henry and Pine View’s trick-or-treat for UNICEF collection, and the final tally comes in at $3,246.45! It has been a wonderful experience for all, and Henry is ready to spearhead the project again next year! Way to go Henry and all the kids at Pineview School in Sarasota! You guys ROCK!



Grant C. Waukee, IA--TLC Trick-Or-Treater and the guy with the starting line!


First Name, last initial, City, State
Grant C. Waukee, IA

What's your personal (or team) goal for how much you want to collect for T.L.C.
hurricane relief?

$35 personal goal !!

What's your halloween costume going to be?
I'm going as a boxer - anyone know any good boxing jokes? :)

What did you do before T.L.C. became your life?
I wasn't even going to go Trick or Treating this year (I'm in the 6th grade), but I thought this was a good cause to get out there!

Role Models
My Dad

Favorite T.L.C. Anecdotes (tell us about life "in the field!")
I'm really excited that Talia and all the national media are going to start Trick or Treating in my yard on Beggar's night!!

More Background on the Story

TLC Timeline

August 29: Hurricane Katrina hits central Gulf Coast

August 31: Anne Ginther posts "Halloween Helpers" blog to rally
youth of America to trick-or-treat for hurricane relief

September 4: 10 year old Talia Leman independently writes up
"The Plan" for hurricane survivors--faxes to HyVee.

HyVee backs her with 8.5 million trick or treat bags
across 221 stores in 7 states.

September 9: First local television news story airs on WOI-TV 10:00 pm news.

September 17: Leman on front page of Des Moines Register.
TV stations across Iowa pick-up story.

September 18: Ginther introduces herself to Lemans. They join
forces, later to discover they live just one street
away from each other.

September 19: The 10 year old and two moms divide up the 50 states and begin an email campaign to schools across the USA to raise one million, per Talia's plan. Schools respond enthusiastically. Some Superintendents opt to collect loose change in lieu of trick-or-treating, others ask if they can roll their current hurricane relief efforts into this national tally. TLC broadens into a "rally and report" kids' movement for hurricane relief.

Soon after the regional Red Cross gets inundated with phone
calls from around the nation. TLC is referred to the national
Red Cross Headquarters.

September 20: Newspapers across the country start to pick-up
Des Moines Register article from the ap wire. Calls for interviews
come into the Leman home from around the nation.

September 30: Team TLC Builds their Headquarters office in Leman house.
WHO-TV airs story that is later picked up by MSNBC. Click on the link
and type "trick or treat" in Video Search.

October 3: $182,000 raised within 2 weeks of our email campaign. Team TLC
realize they will far surpass the original goal of one
million.

October 4: Students at The Academy in Des Moines, and
Eason Elementary in Waukee, write letters and color
pictures for kids in the Gulf Coast shelters.

Wal-Mart donates $1600 worth of gift cards. TLC
kids shop for kids in shelters.

October 5: TLC Advisors Anne Ginther (IA) and Gretchen
Hansen (MN) leave to work with children in two
shelters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana through
October 10th.

They hand deliver the letters along with items
purchased by TLC kids.

Children in shelters write back.


October 6: MSNBC starts running WHO-TV's story round the
clock.

October 7, 8: TLC Advisors hold "TLC Job Fair" for children in
shelter to take a TLC job (jobs posted on
TLC website) and help with the effort.

TLC total climbs to $239, 641.27

October 8: TODAY SHOW comes to Waukee. Mom, Dana Leman,
flanked by 6 year old "Chief Operating Nemesis" and
10 year old CEO, talks with Lester Holt.

October 12: Ginther hand delivers letters from children in shelters
to children at The Academy.

October 14: Iowa Governor Vilsack holds press conference.
Promises Talia he'll ask all the governors across USA
to get word out about TLC. Talia gives the governor a
handwritten thank you note. Stationary courtesy of 6
year old TLC Artist Jonathan in a Baton Rouge
Shelter.

October 17: Resolution passed by City of Waukee to recognize
Talia for her accomplishments in her efforts to assist
those left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. Talia
receives standing ovation.

October 17: TLC tally totals over $500,000

October 20: UNICEF announces Talia as their "NATIONAL YOUTH AMBASSADOR" for her outstanding work.

October 21: TLC on Front Page of Des Moines Register

October 21: Governor sends out letter to all governors across the
USA, and their press secretaries, in support of TLC.

October 22: TLC children in Waukee participate in costume
parade as part of "Wauktoberfest"

Talia co-hosts with Lt. Governor Sally Pederson at a
Benefit Event for Iowa’s Gulf States Relief Fund, and
sings at the event, too.

October 25: HyVee hosts a kick-off Halloween Party for TLC

October 28: Talia is interviewed live on CNN American Morning--broadcast nationwide.

October 30: Beggars night. Talia goes out to raise money. Night
culminates in BIG BASH at Westlakes Hy-Vee. See TLC trick or Treating on TV: http://www.whotv.com/global/category.asp?c=51406 then scroll down to "TLC Hurricane Relief" to click on and play the video!


October 31: Halloween! Numbers start coming in from last night's trick-or-treating.
TLC is on the front page of the Des Moines Register with their latest news.

November 1: Talia and TLC are featured on NPR (move the time up to about 43 minutes into the segment) across the nation.

The TLC total now hovers just under $700,000. Team TLC decides not to report any more numbers until December 1.

November 5: Mac McCoy of WQW FM invitesTalia to continue to do goodworks for the community by offering her a regular radio spot on his program to benefit the Animal Rescue League. He calls the radio spot "TLC"—Talia Leman's Critters.

November 9: Trying to figure out a way to respond to the evolution of TLC, and carry the tally forward past Halloween, Anne brainstorms the RANDOMKID.ORG concept. This website would allow kids to not only continue to "rally, tally, and tell" for hurricane relief, but to also reach out to the world in other ways. Team TLC decides unanimously to dissolve TLC into RANDOMKID.ORG on December 1st.

November 10: Anne registers the RANDOMKID domain.

November 11: Anne trademarks the RANDOMKID name.

November 18: Talia decides, now as a RANDOMKID who wants to continue to reach out, to design a product to benefit children in need everywhere. The product is an Italian modular link PEACE BRACELET, featuring charms of flags from areas of conflict and suffering (Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, China, Bangladesh, Iran, etc.) She intermixes with the charms international symbols for peace, harmony and balance. She works with the vendor to arrange to have him sell the bracelet at a discounted rate for children (half-price), with 50% of all profits going to benefit vulnerable children in these countries through UNICEF.

November 19: UNICEF arranges for Talia to go to Houston to visit with hurricane survivors. Talia begins an on-line diary for UNICEF of her experiences.

December 1: Final TLC Press Conference. 4000 schools have now reported in numbers. On a conference call with schools across the nation, TLC CEO Talia Leman willl conduct a meeting at which, for the first time ever, a number will be released for how much kids across the country have raised for huricane relief. Only our volunteer mom accountant knows the number.

Hy-Vee gives a check for $250,000 in recognition of the efforts of TLC.

When we announced the number, we did it backwards, starting with cents, because every penny counts. After we found out we had over $200,000, we wanted to know if there was a "one" in the "million dollar slot"-- our accounant said no. So the kids across the country yelled on the call, "Tracey, Is there a TWO?" No. "Tracey, is there at THREE?" No.

At this point Talia panics and whispers to her mom, "Mom, what if there's NO number in that slot? What if we didn't MAKE a million?"

The kids continued, "Is there a FOUR?" No. At this point our jaws drop. Talia, Anne and Dana didn't want to know the number. They wanted to be as surprised as everyone else. We were floored when we heard that kids across the USA raised $5,234,735.88 in just three months for hurricane relief! We're hoping to have an MP3 file available of that countdown on the RandomKid site soon.

December 2: The Press Telegram in Long Beach, CA publishes a story about Gompers Elementary Students participating in this historic event. GREAT picture included!

The Idaho Statesman publishes a story about Koelsch Elementary students on the call. Another great photo!!

Please be sure to email anne@aga-recruit.com if you see more stories in your community!

Talia Leman, Anne Ginther and Dana Leman's plans for a long nap were gladly sidelined by numerous calls of well-wishes.

Talia is interviewed on ABC News Now that evening.

December 3: Dana's up at 3:45 am and Talia not long after. The Today Show is coming to their house by around 4:00 am for a 6:45 am Live shot. Dana, Talia, and Zander do a great job with Anne cheering them on in the background.

TLC Making Waves

October 14, 2005
TLC's 10-year-old CEO met with Iowa Governor Vilsack.

Talia to Governor Vilsack: "Kids hang out with kids, right?"

Governor Vilsack: "Right."

Talia: "Well, I figure that Governors hang out with Governors, right?"

Governor Vilsack: "Right."

Talia: "Well, I know you're really busy, but I want to give you one more job. I want you to contact all the Governors across the United States of America, and let them know what kids in the Midwest are doing."

The Governor graciously obliged, saying he'd write every Governor in the USA a letter, urging them to get the word out about TLC's great Kids' Movement to make a big difference with hurricane disaster relief.

October 17, 2005

The City of Waukee issued a resolution Recognizing The Accomplishments of Talia Leman in her Efforts to Assist Those Left Homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Mertz read the resolution aloud and from the heart. There were tears and cheers... and a standing ovation! It appeared to be the first time that Talia noticed that she was getting noticed. :)























By a TLC artist from The Academy in Des Moines, IA.

A letter of support from the Governor of Washington, below.








Even Dr. Evil recognized TLC's oustanding efforts to raise...
ONE MILLION DOLLARS! After coming over the the good side, he said he's giving up Hot Pockets for a year to contribute to hurricane relief!

Pen Pals -- Letters between children who want to help and those who need the help--Plus a TLC mom /advisor's emails from the shelters in Louisiana

By TLC Artist Kenshondra, Age 10, Istrouma Baptist Church Shelter, Baton Rouge, LA


These are just a few of the letters and pictures that were exchanged between children in Iowa who want to help hurricane survivors and children in a Gulf Coast Shelter. TLC advisor / moms Anne Ginther (IA) and Gretchen Hansen (MN) went to the River Center and Istrouma Baptist Church shelters in Baton Rouge, LA. Anne Ginther hand delivered the survivors' responses (a few pictured below) on October 12th at The Academy in Des Moines, IA and Eason Elementary in Waukee, IA. We are exploring the idea of making a book out of this exchange with a portion of the proceeds going toward the TLC movement/charities. Who better to explain to kids what it's like to be in a hurricane than kids? Please see the comments below all the artwork from Anne, written while she was working the shelters in Baton Rouge.

Dear Friends,

Thank you for sending this letter. It makes me think about what you said. But I know you all are happy that there aren't any hurricanes where you are. And I really appreciate you caring about me and my family and I wish you all good luck. But I did not lose any of my family members. And here is a joke: What did the cow say to the chicken? MOO-VE out of my way.

Sincerely,

Lyneisha

(She's TLC Artist Kenshondra's sister)



Jermanyne (who wrote the letter below) is pictured above with his brothers and TLC Mom / Advisors Gretchen Hansen and Anne Ginther. They were a lot of fun. James (one of Jermayne's brothers above) is hilarious! And he sure did love the M&Ms that the TLC children in Iowa bought for him with the donation from Wal-Mart!

Dear Nick,

I was asleep. The window shattered. I got a cut on my arm. Momma woke us up. I was a little sleepy. Then I was scared. All the windows on the house were busted. I was at my auntie's house and Katrina blew my house away.

I went back to see my house--the only thing left was the floor, the washing machine and dryer and two rooms. I didn't get any of my stuff. My sister wanted her shoes but her room was messed up. The big screen TV got wet. We put mattresses by the window.

I go to school here--in the 6th grade. I like it at the shelter... but not school.
-Jermayne




by a TLC Artist in Iowa


It says: "Don't worry--My dad has an idea."
By a TLC Artist in Kindergarten at Eason Elementary, Waukee, Iowa

An excerpt from a 14 year old girl's letter from a Baton Rouge Shelter:

I'm glad you are writing to me. I feel better with these letters. I feel like I have a new friend.



TLC Artist, Wilson T. drew the above picture. He also wrote the letter below. I have also transcribed it below:

Dear Survivor,

I've never experienced what you have and I hope I never will. Having everything you love torn away from you in a rush of water... I can only imagine. But I bet you're sick of hearing "I'm sorry" because how can being "sorry" help if the person does nothing? I believe that it is the obligation of those who "have but don't need" to give to those who "need but don't have." So I'm offering my help; OUR help. My school has started a program called the TLC, it stands for Trick or treat for Levee Catastrophe. On Halloween we are going to trick or treat for funds instead of candy for money to help.

Sincerely,

Wilson T.


The above "stationary" was made by a 6 year old TLC artist in a Baton Rouge shelter. TLC's CEO used it to write a thank-you letter to Iowa's Governor for his support. Governor Vilsack now has it proudly displayed on his fridge.


By a TLC Artist/Writer in a Baton Rouge shelter

The following are some excerpts from a letter written by a 10-year-old in one of the shelters in Louisiana:

The hurricane was spooky. I was in the project. The roof came off the project and the rain came in. And we thought the water would come to the door. We had to put the baby in a bucket and I walked through the water to the Winn Dixie (store). It got broken in to. I was sad.

...There are MP (Military Police--actually National Guard) Men with guns. They make me feel sad and scared. Just because they have guns. But some of them are nice. One of them gave my friend a Dr. Pepper.

... Thank you for the letter.


By TLC Artist Kayla, The Academy, Iowa


By TLC Artist Annie, Eason Elementary, Iowa




By TLC artist Katie, Eason Elementary, Iowa






More letters and comments to come.

Permissions to publish your artwork and/or pictures

Please print out this slip and have your parents sign it if you'd like to have any of your work published on this website or elsewhere to spread the word about TLC.

You may also email anne@aga-recruit.com to request the slip in a MSWord doc format.

Child / Artist / Author name:



Age:


Address (not for publication or distribution, simply for us to be able to contact you):



Parent's name, email and/or phone number:



(This first part below is if you want to send us a photo of yourself in costume and/or doing a TLC project and/or media event)

You have my permission to allow photographers (video or still) to take pictures/video of my child either close up (portrait-like) or in a group of children. You may use this media for the purposes of getting the word out about the TLC kid-movement (i.e. magazines, television, newspaper, website, books, etc)

_______ Yes _______No If you check no, we will make special accommodations for your child.

  1. Artwork/Photo/Letter Release
    By signing this release, you acknowledge the following:
    T.L.C. Coordinators Dana Lehman and Anne Ginther may submit these materials in whole or in part to various publications at their discretion. If original artwork is submitted by the artist and is accepted for publication by any of the publishers working with T.L.C., the following is warranted:
  2. The artwork submitted is the artist’s own work;
  3. T.L.C. does not owe the artist any compensation or royalties now or in the future.
  4. To protect children's privacy, only the first name, last initial, city and state will be published along with the work.

The Work will be any picture or letter created by the artist for children affected by the hurricane disasters of 2005.


_____________________________________________________________________
Artist's name (we will only use first name, last initial, school, state)


_______________________________________________
Parent’s Signature and date

Team Reporter

Can you picture yourself on the scene at a TLC event, reporting via print or broadcast about what the TLC kids are up to? Then we may have a job for you!

Please email anne@aga-recruit.com and tell us why you'd make a great reporter. We can't make any promises, but we'll do our best to hook you up with a media mentor to help you do your story in your hometown!

In the subject of the email, please put: TLC Reporter.

URGENT NEED--LITERARY AGENT

Update October 7, 2005

We couldn't turn something around with a publisher fast enough, so we are reproducing the materials with the help of various office/copy centers. We've scanned many of the letters, and hope to have them all scanned before they're distributed. We have permission slips signed to reprint their artwork and/or letters in full or in part for publications in magazines, books, etc. Those parents who have not signed a slip yet may still do so, but we will keep items without permissions seperate from those that have permissions, so as to be sure they aren't published in any way until the parents have signed off.

October 3, 2005

2:28 a.m.

My partner and I have a project that needs to be turned around within 24-48 hours, and we need a seasoned professional like you to help us pull it off. Some people might say it's impossible. But in the last week we've learned that anything's possible. Forgive me if this letter doesn't fit the rules of a traditional query. It's past midnight, and I'm preparing to embark on a national media frenzy in the next couple of days.

It's about kids, anyway. And kids make up the rules as they go along.

I am THRILLED to be working on a campaign designed by kids to empower kids to make a HUGE impact in helping The American Red Cross get closer to raising the projected $2 Billion dollars needed specifically for Hurricane Survivors' immediate needs. Right now the Red Cross doesn't even have half of what they need. Our campaign is called T.L.C., which stands for "Trick or Treat for the Levee Catastrophe (AKA "Trick or Treat for Loose Change")" Those aren't typos, that's how the 10-year-old Founder and CEO wants it.

Our grassroots effort has caught fire across the nation. Even the world! We just had our first donation from Israel! We have raised over $150,000 in one week. Our goal is to raise one million dollars by November first. Secretly, the two moms behind the campaign think we can get it considerably higher, one nickel at a time.

As part of our overall campaign, we're launching the "You've Got a Friend in Me" week. Here's where the book idea comes in:

FUNdraisers (children ages 5 - 13) will write letters to the children who need the FUNds. The letters will be hand delivered by me to children in a shelter on the Gulf Coast. The hurricane survivors will write back. Little ones will color pictures. Friendships will ignite.

We see a couple of book possibilities out of this:
*A book consisting of the letters between the children
*A children's book conceived and illustrated by the hurricane survivors telling a story of what it's like to live through this experience.


I'm a mom of twin 5 year old girls. I've struggled with how to explain to them what this hurricane stuff is all about. Who better to explain it to a child, then children who have lived through it?

Our sense of urgency is this: We need to partner with a publisher who can very quickly (within the next couple of days) work with us to copy all the letters that will be going back and forth over the next week, so that there's not much lag time to get them to their intended recipients. Here are two links to give you a little more background: http://halloweenhelpers.blogspot.com/2005/10/media-alerts.html, http://halloweenhelpers.blogspot.com/2005/09/urgent-need-jet-or-seats-on-commercial.html.


We are having all parents fill out permissions to release artwork and letters to us for this purpose. I hope you'll understand that given our time constraints, we are contacting a few select agents all at once.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,


Anne Ginther
515-226-3357 office

anne@aga-recruit.com


CC. Dana Leman, my partner on this T.L.C. adventure, and the mother of T.L.C.'s founder.

Team Photographer

Do you like to take pictures? Then this is the job for you.

On this job, we'll need to email you a permission slip from the parent of the person in the photograph... so just let us know, and we'll email you the slip. You have them sign it and put it in the mail to us (we'll give you an address with the permission slip).

We will publish only first names, last initial, TLC Team name (or school name), city and state. Be assured, the TLC executives and their advisors will keep a keen eye on what you're doing. If National Geographic Magazine calls saying they want to hire the brilliant photographer who shot that TLC photo... we'll be sure to contact you and your parents! :)

So if you're interested in this job, please email TLC Advisor Anne Ginther (anne@aga-recruit.com) and she'll hook you up with the info you need to publish your photos on our site!

THE NUMBERS--THE IMPACT

An estimated 40-50 Million children trick-or-treat in the USA every year.

If 17 million kids ( 1 out of 3) collect 2 dollars each, we will have 30 million.

If 10 million (1 out of every five kids) collect only $2.00, we will have 20 million.

If 5 million (1 out of 10) collect only 2.00, we will have 10 million.


IF 50 MILLION kids collect just $1.00, we will have 50 million,
and $2.00 will bring 100 MILLION!!

IMAGINE! The POWER of CHILDREN!

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The National American Red Cross estimates that there are roughly 900,000 children in shelters as a direct result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

(If 900,000 kids collected $1.00 for 900,000 kids, we'd already have $900,000!!)

  • 8.5 Million bags with the T.L.C. logo donated by Hy-Vee to 7 state region
  • 221 Hy-Vee stores that will collect donations on Halloween nigh
  • $2 billion needed to meet immediate disaster needs
  • $871,000,000 currently raised through the ARC (?)
  • $559,411.97 raised one nickel at a time by kids and schools across America--all reported in to TLC's National Kids' Movement in just under a month!
  • T.L.C.'s goal is to collect $1 million, minimum! We expect to go much higher.
  • This is the first time in history that the USA has asked UNICEF for help given the recent gulf coast devastation by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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