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"I openly admit I am new at this "crowd funding" venue. There are many sites to choose from to help individual causes. I was led to this site, GoFundMe and I thought there was a deadline to the fundraising and must have inadvertently read instruction from other "crowd funding" sites.
With that being said, I have received phone calls, emails and just face to face communication from friends and family, like you letting me know they still would like to contribute and aid in supporting the I-Believe-in-Barbara-Campaign. In lieu of what has transpired with Hurricane Sandy and all of its challenges and your willingness to support and lend a hand, I am extending my campaign to continue to raise funds."
Reaching out to anyone to ask for help has never been one of my strong suits, I always took the stance to do it all myself and keep moving.
2012 marks Sugarfoots' 20th year in business. I remember as clearly as if it was yesterday, when my sister in-law Edna, told my mom about an old clothing place in Harrisburg, PA, where I grew up. We went there looking for "free" fabrics. I remember climbing on top of mountains of clothing searching for materials. After finding a few good pieces, my mom washed and pressed them. I was able to cut out the patterns and make the very first Sugarfoots dolls. I was officially in business!
Taking from the marketing skills while watching African women on a trip I took to Ghana, West Africa so many years ago, and these women sold anything from nuts and bolts to cassava leaves in parcels on their heads, I quickly warmed to this idea of being right in front of the face of potential buyers. I loaded my dolls in my African basket, (I did not have the skills of carrying them on my head!) With a daily trek on the DC metro I had a "captured" audience I could pitch and for the next 8-years of my commute, with the calluses on my hands to prove it; I carried that 9-pound basket "“ daily!
Fast forward 20 years later, it's time to move Sugarfoots into the 21st Century. A troubled marriage, enriching motherhood and the competing challenges of being a home maker has placed Sugarfoots, by default, into a steadily growing side business, something I never intended. This is why I am seeking your financial support to help move Sugarfoots forward to the e-commerce arena and say goodbye to the grassroots arena! Please help me launch and kick start the
If you believe in me, I am asking you to give $10, $15, $25, or any amount you can offer to help me do this.
I need to raise $6,000 by October 30, 2012 in order to be competitive on Facebook, Twitter and E-Commerce. With this money I will reconstruct Sugarfoots' website and introduce
e-commerce so that people can buy their dolls online. I will also employ a social media manager to enhance Sugarfoots' Facebook and twitter sites work to grow sales. I see this side of the business being self financing in 3/6 months.
All these activities will take Sugarfoots to the next level where it belongs and not as a side business!
If you believe in me, as I hope you do, help me make Sugarfoots the next household word and become a part of this extraordinary journey! With your support of just $10.00 or $15.00 dollars, you will receive a Sugarfoots autographed heart warming collectible poster!
With just $25.00 or more, you will not only receive the Sugarfoots poster, your name will be included on Sugarfoots Acknowledgement page in Sugarfoots next book and a doll will be sold, named in your honor and your name will appear on the Hall of Fame Page on Sugarfoots website!
For those of you who would like to pay by phone and I would just adore hearing from you, please call me on the toll free number
is greatly appreciated. There's one last
thing I ask, if you could please share my story; I need ALL the support you can
muster! I will not let you down and I thank you for believing in me.
With the very best of my love,
Barb, Barbara, Babelle
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