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EmmKay

EmmKay has written 23 posts for Take Back My Birthday

One Month

Last year, I started this blog to raise money for great organizations on the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. It was also the 37th Anniversary of my birth. I got a great response. I am incredibly grateful for everyone who donated. As the year as progressed, people have asked what I’m doing … Continue reading

Humbled.

Some have asked about me. My name is Mary Krause and I was born in 1974 in Philadelphia. But today really isn’t about me. It is a day to give back. No money raised here will ever go to my bank account. Each donation page is hosted by the individual charity. I have seen donations … Continue reading

3 Ways to Observe 9/11

It’s been 10 years the terrible tragedy of the September 11th attacks. This weekend, there will be many opportunities to remember and honor the victims. For adults, we all know where we were that day and how we heard. We all have a personal story and we will all observe the 10th anniversary in our … Continue reading

48 Hours Til My Birthday – A Personal Note

I had this weird moment last night when it really hit me that I have had an amazing life. Earlier in the day, I had mentioned to a co-worker that I used to work in the music industry. He seemed stunned. As he should be. There’s nothing about me that seems hip or cool enough … Continue reading

Happy Birthday to charity: water

Today is the 5th Birthday of charity:water. This amazing organisation helps communities get access to clean and safe drinking water. In fact, in the past 5 years, they have helped 2 million people get clean and safe drinking water. Clean and safe water means food for animals that provide food. Clean and safe water means … Continue reading

I’ve seen fire & I’ve seen rain

It’s pouring rain right now outside my window. I’m lucky to be inside. Lucky to have a home to be inside. Lucky to be far from a river. It rains outside and I cringe for areas suffering flooding. On my TV, there’s no rain. Just fire. Lots of news out of Texas on wildfires. One … Continue reading

Back to School

Public schools are almost unheard of in Haiti. Parents must pay for tuition, supplies, the correct uniforms. In fact, I even heard a story of a little girl being turned away from a private school because she had the wrong color barrettes in her hair. And yet, everywhere I looked I saw kids heading to … Continue reading

Irresistible Faces

We’re in the homestretch, people! Just 11 more days until my birthday. I’ve been quiet lately because I know so many people have been dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. My heart breaks for those who lost loved ones, adored homes and precious memories. (Interested in helping those affected? I’ve started to add a … Continue reading

Back to School

Right now, every mom I know is fretting over notebooks and contact paper. Every teacher I know is prepping their classroom. It’s back to school time! I got the great news this weekend that my cousin’s Donor’s Choose project was fully funded! Such great news for her kids! Other teachers are still hoping to have … Continue reading

Another Hurricane

Hurricane Irene is heading toward Haiti. If you’ve done any camping this summer, you might have ended up with a wet tent. Imagine a wet tent plus hurricane-force winds. That’s what the community is facing in Haiti tonight. Groups like J/P HRO and Doctors without Borders will help them survive. Your donation makes their amazing … Continue reading

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