That last big push …



(Rookie Club visits Children’s)

First, immediately after I typed the title of this post, I had recollections of giving birth and I passed out from residual pain. IT WAS THAT BAD.

Moving on … we are so close.  It has only been four days and you have donated almost $8,000!

At Mariachi Night, I told several people that I hoped we could raise the $10,000 by mid-January.  Mid-JANUARY!  I will never doubt you again, Pittsburghers, because not only have you donated, you have donated from all across the country.  Word from the Mario Lemieux Foundation is that donations have been received from the following non-Pittsburgh places:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Washington DC
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • El Paso, TX
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Omaha, NE
  • Wheeling, WV
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Arlington, VA
  • Marion, IA
  • Marietta, GA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Rock Hill, SC
  • Roslyn, NY
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Durham, NC
  • Enterprise, OR
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • League City, TX
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Hammontown, NJ
  • Philadelphia, PA

Burghers far and wide!

Now that we’re nearing our goal, this is your chance to give if you haven’t already.  This is your chance to join us in buying this game room and these games for the kids.  When the game room is complete, when I post a picture of it, or when I post an email someday from a parent telling me how nice it was for their sick child to have a Nintendo DS to play with in bed, I want YOU to be able to say, “Wow.  I had a part in that.  I bought that for them.”

This is not my gift to the hospital any more than I could have taken credit if they had won the clicky-votey contest via Microsoft.  This is truly a collective gift from Burghers across the country.  Please donate if you haven’t already.  Even a tiny bit helps!

I also wanted to mention that Pittsburgh’s own Gift Therapist is donating $1.00 of every $1.99 download of her new book Shop Smart Give More.  The Gift Therapist actually has some kickass ideas for gifts.  For instance, her gift of threes idea is awesome as is her idea of baking someone food in a dish they get to keep.  Love that!  Her top 20 gifts of 2009 has some major winners in there (a drum t-shirt that works!), if you stab yourself in the eye every time you reach a Twilight-themed gift. SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE.  You can purchase the download here, and like I said, $1.00 of that $1.99 is coming right back to Make Room for Kids.  Woo!

Finally, here’s an email that might give you a little nudge toward the general direction of your wallet.

I just wanted to tell you that what you are doing for children at CHP is amazing! my cousins 2 year old got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in august and our family is still devastated! this is a whole family change in dynamics that i am still not sure how we are going to get through! One thing i can say is for kids little things make them so happy. he loves the playroom and the toys he can take in his room. he calls it the “hotel”. its because of people like you that sick kids smile. just wanted to say thank you for your efforts and i cant wait until you reach your goal!

Two years old and fighting stage 4 cancer. Heart punch.

Finally!  Don’t forget that when we reach $10,000 I’m going to scan in my NASA-themed high school senior picture.  Let me tell you, when I was at the Ti Kanaval event for the BRESMA orphanage, I told an 18-year-old boy/man?/man-child?  Anyways, I told him in detail what this picture involves and his EYES ACTUALLY ROLLED BACK INTO HIS HEAD FROM ALL THE DORKINESS I DESCRIBED TO HIM.

God help me.


  1. Biggest Fan
    December 4, 2009 12:12 pm


    You are awesome because you bring out the best in Pittsburghers!

    Your calling isn’t marketing or restauranting, it is FUND RAISING!

    I love you.

  2. MiamiShyner
    December 4, 2009 12:12 pm

    Awwww, man! I’m a tool. While it’s still a good cause, I think I donated directly to the Foundation rather than pointing it to the project. My heart was in the right place at least.

    The world is so small. I went to high school with The Gift Therapist. :)

    Congrats on making your goal!!

  3. spoon
    December 4, 2009 12:13 pm

    Once again I’m am amazed by how kickass everyone is on here and those who donated. It warms my heart to see such generosity when times are tough. It’s good to see bloggers can make a difference and this is the most badass thing I’ve ever seen.

  4. red pen mama
    December 4, 2009 12:14 pm

    So when does the red start overflowing? I mean, wow.


  5. Mariann
    December 4, 2009 12:17 pm

    Pittsburghers are the best!!!! This would not have been possible with Ginny!!!!! You made it easy for everyone to help and we can not thank you enough….

  6. Noelle
    December 4, 2009 12:19 pm

    I am so glad I moved here 2 years ago.

  7. Erin
    December 4, 2009 12:19 pm

    I just donated. I figure the extra money can be used for more games or something. Way to go everyone!

  8. Miss Lee
    December 4, 2009 12:21 pm

    Woo hoo! Proud to be a minion!!

  9. Jaime
    December 4, 2009 12:29 pm

    I donated earlier this morning and am so happy to see the thermometer at almost over $11,000!!! I’m living in Erie now but am a Pittsburgher by birth and at heart! You can take the girl out of Pittsburgh but not the Pittsburgh out of the girl!

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  11. Caroline
    December 4, 2009 2:05 pm

    Hey! I’m in Northfield, MN but my mailing address is still my parent’s house in Pittsburgh. Add Minnesota to your state list!

  12. Mel
    December 4, 2009 4:17 pm

    And one from Cleveland. Yes, THAT Cleveland.

  13. hoosierburgher
    December 4, 2009 4:36 pm

    Add Bloomington, Indiana too! My address is still listed in the burgh too.

    I’m glad to have been a part of bringing this to those kids who haven’t done anything to be in the situation they are in.

  14. Erica
    December 5, 2009 11:04 pm

    Ginny, that first picture is a picture of my friends son! He had a brain tumor and they removed it. Excellent place, wonderful care. They deserve a game room! We had a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for his family tonight. Children’s Hospital and Children’s Institute amazing places…

    Making a donation today…