Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Update: The Grand Hooker Experiment

The Grand Hooker Experiment is now 10 days old. It has blown our minds. And it has also totally blown up. As of today, we are -- sadly --no longer accepting names. The experiment, that we had hoped to run through December 20th, will end today - December 13th.

Despite the enormous amounts of generosity and love that have flooded our inbox, there is just more need out there than we can help with. In the past few days, the ratio of those needing vs. those able to help reached a point where we realized the project wasn't sustainable. The longer we keep accepting names, the more people will be disappointed.

One reason for this is that word of what we're doing has spread far beyond the borders of MommyLand. And there are mommies and babies and kiddos in need everywhere. In Oregon, in New Jersey, in North Carolina, in Canada and in Prague, Czech Republic. We want to help all of these mommies. We want to hug them and bring them a glass of a wine and curl up next to them on the couch and let them know that even though we're not in a position to help, that we care so much about them.

We're also worried that our experiment is at a tipping point. Where if it got tweeted or mentioned on a message board or Facebook wall or blog post - we could be flooded with thousands of requests for help each day. We're barely able to keep up with the hundreds of requests that are coming in now.

And not withstanding the fact that these requests are directed (literally) to Helping Hookers, we feel concerned that we're not an actual charity or 501 C 3 or anything. We're two stupid, inept mommy bloggers who saw a chance to help other moms and took it. If this project gets much bigger, we just couldn't handle it. Plus, we don't have a staff. Or an industrial-sized coffee machine

Here's what you should know:
  • If you emailed us for help before today, we will try and match you up with a hooker.

  • Sadly, we can make no guarantee that you will receive anything, even if you've been matched up. We do our best, but if your mailing address was wonky or you didn't tell us what stores were near you or your hooker got sick... We're so very sorry, but some things are out of our control.

  • If you emailed us asking to be matched up with someone before today, you will get a match. Just please, please be patient with us.

  • If you emailed us offering goods, services or hand-me-downs - we're still in the process of trying to match you. This might take a little bit longer, but we're totally working on it...
When we realized we had to shut this down and leave so many wonderful mommies disappointed, we were very upset. And feeling like this project had shown us a mountain of need that we stood no chance of climbing. And the little candles of hope in our grinchy hearts were starting to burn very low indeed. And maybe we ugly cried and felt like giving up and wondered why we bothered when we could never help everyone and (sob) we can't fix what's wrong and (gulp) this is so much harder than we though it would be.

And then...

We got a thank you. From a mommy who would be able to give her a child a gift. Who burst into tears of happiness and relief and gratitude because of a $20 Walmart gift card.

And then we were like: GIDDYUP, MOFOS - It's on like Donkey Kong! We may not be able to help everyone but for all those mommies we've got now, we're gonna hook those hookers up or die trying.

This was, at it's core, an experiment of trust. And our trust was been restored (Kate) and validated (Lydia) and in the past nine days our hearts have grown three sizes. It has been beautiful. Thank you so much for trusting us to do this. We love you guys.

xo, Kate & Lydia

A very important PS:
We had to ask for help. You know Guru Louise? She writes for us and is Kate's second best friend and is very kind, honest and reliable...and has that boy with the awesomest red hair in the world. Remember her? She helped us. For hours and hours and hours and hours. She cried with us and encouraged us and gave us a break so we could put our kids to bed and honestly? We could not have done this without her. It's that simple. THANK YOU, GURU. We love you like cake.

We also want to thank Amy of Pregnant Chicken and Rebekah from Mom in a Million for their help. And all the other bloggers who helped us through this, including Momastery, our own personal Yoda/Spirit Guide. We want to send you crystals and long flowy gowns and have you teach us how to bend spoons. But also, talk like this you shall. Teach us well you will.

Love you much we do.

(c)Herding Turtles, Inc. 2009 - 2011

133 comments:

  1. Ladies -

    You did a great, grand deed. Thanks for letting some of us help, and thanks for helping those that needed it. My card is going in the mail to Bellingham, WA for my match up. I hope it brings her the same amount of cheer it's brought me to be able to do this.

    As my best friend's son says, " Love your guts! ".

    Grace:)

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  2. This is an amazing task you've taken on. Well done.

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  3. Got to understand that the problem of poverty in the US is dire; recent estimates place 100,000,000 of the US population at, or nearly at, poverty levels. This is vastly beyond the capacity of charity to address and suggests that the solutions will require radical change. Attempts to match up poor mothers with affluent donors during the holidays are laudable, but doomed to fail because of the need and the numbers. RFML's decision to stop its charitable match-ups is understandable and the reasons for such can serve to educate all as to the magnitude of the desperation faced by tens of millions of people.

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  4. I signed up for help the second day, being an avid reader of your blog. I got a Wal-mart gift card today in the mail and I cannot even begin to tell you how much it meant to me. I cried knowing that someone out there who does not even know me cared enough to give something so my child can have a present for Christmas. Thank you so much for what you are doing!

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  5. Words can not express my gratitude and I can't thank you enough..... your experiment saved me this Christmas. It is the 1st Christmas I have been in this horrible situation, and hopefully the last. Next year I want to be a Helping Hooker!! I want to be on the end of the helping that made all of you hookers cry with the wonderful feeling you get when helping someone. I too have cried, but with joy and admiration that I can be associated with RFML. Every time I have told the story of you and your fanfabulousness, I get goosebumps and so does the person listening.... I really feel as though I owe this good mood today to you ...I still can't believe a complete stranger was my Angel this year... Thank you hookers.... all of you!

    Your devoted and faithful fan in Prague :)

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  6. You know what? The very fact that you guys came up with the idea and have tried very hard to make it happen has made me feel better. Knowing you helped people, and other caring people have pitched in.... you see an awful lot of the dark side of people these days. It can be hard to keep any kind of positive belief in mankind. Despite how sad it is to know how many people are in desperate need of help.... knowing there are generous and caring people out there who want to make things better for someone else is sooo encouraging.

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  7. You guys are awesome. I did not sign up to help a hooker, since we have a Mom that needs help right on our block but it makes me so happy to know that you are putting people who want to give and people who need a little boost together. My husband grew up so poor that he never even got any freaking play-doh. PLAY-DOH. It costs two dollars and fifty cents for a pack of PLAY-DOH. I pick it up as a treat for our son when we go to Wal-Mart. I remember when he got his first pack a month or two ago and my husband smiled at him and remarked that he and his brothers only got to play with it at other peoples houses. I asked why and he told me they just could not afford it. I cry a little inside when I think of my husband as a child never getting to have a little splurge or a birthday party or a new present that did not come from goodwill.

    You are not just helping Mommies. You are helping children out there have happy memories of simple things the rest of us take for granted.

    Merry Christmas Hookers

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  8. I'm honored to help. Truly. The warmth, compassion, and generosity of your readers made me smile while I was crying. (Have you ever seen someone smile while ugly crying? Really not pretty.)

    WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!
    xoxox
    Guru Louise

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  9. I sent out my small contribution last week, thank you for letting me help a Mom however small it was.
    Love you much you smelly pirate hookers you!!!!!!
    ox's
    D.

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  10. It is so awesome that so many people have benefited from your little-huge project. The givers and receivers. I will gladly take a couple more addresses if you email them to me. (atantlinger4@aol.com) I can't imagine reading the emails that came in. I would probably never stop crying. Thanks for letting me help!

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  11. I just mailed out my gift card(s) - one for the kiddos and one for the mommy. I have been a recipient of help for the past three years and feel so good to be able to pay it forward. You guys are Rock Stars for this - and for making me shake with laughter so hard on a daily basis that my husband thinks I'm nuts! Merry, Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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  12. My gift card is going in the mail today and I'm literally crying right now as I listen to my daughter in the other room chattering to my husband. I cannot imagine what it would be like to not have gifts for her under our tree this Christmas and it makes my heart feel good that a mama in Ohio isn't going to have to worry about that this year. Thank you for this project....it really does show that there is still goodness in the world!

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  13. Kate, Lydia and the helping 'elves'- Thank you so much for starting this up at all! I received a gift card in the mail yesterday from my 'helping hooker' and when I opened it up, just started crying (I was glad the kids were at school when I got the mail!) Thanks to you guys and the helping hooker, my kids will at least get one gift each! SO thank you so much from the bottom of my heart! As a single mom I am doing everything that I can to try to make money, but it's only bringing in enough to pay the bills, so thank you so much!!

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  14. Even though it hurt you guys to end the Helping Hookers early, the mere fact that you were willing to put this together just highlights how awesome you two are! There aren't many people willing to use their "free" time (you're mommies is there really any FREE time for you?)to help as many other moms as possible? I can tell you I signed up to help, but that's the easy part. I wouldn't even know how to start something like this. Thanks RFML!!

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  15. And now you guys need to post some PO Box number for yourselves so we can all send you gushy, glowing thank-you cards for EVERYTHING you've done to help mommies who need it, and give other mommies a chance to help out.

    GOD BLESS YOU BOTH! (And all your helpers, too!!)

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  16. I want to thank you ladies & all the Hookers for their kindness. I received my card yesterday & every little bit helps when you feel like you can't see out from the bottom. Thank you Soooooooooo much!!! You are some freakin awesome HOOKERS!!

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  17. Lauri Ladd - Marketing MommyDecember 13, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    I was so honored to participate in your experiment...Not only did I get a chance to help a fellow hooker, I found something deep inside that has been missing for a really long time. The true feeling of Christmas. Sending lots of love to you - Kate & Lydia - all of Mommyland and especially my Mommy in Houston. Have the bestest Christmas ever Hooker!

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  18. Here is a copy of the email I sent you yesterday but it was returned from the lydia.and.kate@rantsfrommommyland.com address.

    Message body





    Dearest Lydia and Kate,

    I used to feel alone, but then I found Mommyland! Your funny missives are probably what kept me from checking into the nervous hospital for an extended stay. It is two years later, and I think you've saved me again with the Helping Hookers. Now instead of rewrapping some of my little girls birthday presents and hoping she doesn't notice, I can go get her that Barbie that she wants and maybe a couple of other things. Christmas really is saved! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that the Hookers are an awesome idea and I am so thankful that you coordinated it. I know it took a lot of your time and energy, but there are probably a ton of other mommies out there just like me who cried big tears of relief when the gift card came in the mail. Hopefully next year I can adopt a Mommy or two and we can keep the Hookers going.
    Lots of love and thanks!

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  19. You know that story about the boy who threw the starfish back into the ocean, and was told "you can't save them all. What does it matter?" And he replied "It matters to this one." You can't help everyone. But you've mattered to SO MANY. Love you Hookers!

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  20. Is there anyway your loyal readers could help you match?

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  21. I wish Santa could bring you a staff and a sponsor for Christmas. Maybe you could post your mailing address and we could all send you some coffee money?

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  22. Kate and Lydia: Please don't beat yourselves up about the mommies you weren't able to help this year. Because you helped SO MANY. Think about what a colossal task you've accomplished! I sent a tiny gift to one mommy that you matched me with -- and you guys were responsible for matching hundreds!! And you did that in the midst of handling all the holiday schmidt that the rest of us are griping about, while doing laundry and raising children and trying to generally keep it together... Know that you made a BIG difference. And that your hilarious and honest blog makes a difference every. damned. day -- at least to me.

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  23. This is such an awesome idea that you guys had! That you even cared enough to try makes you a success and so very much the best hookers ever :) <3(ps...my friends think i'm nuts because i started calling them hookers now, lol) i signed up for help and if i don't receive it i'll be ok and so will my kid. next year i hope to be in a position to pay it forward. again...you guys are so totally awesome!

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  24. Hey hookers, Awesome job! I use the extension of the epiphany to help with the holiday crunch. The twelve days of Christmas really gives use all until the 6th of January.

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  25. You did an amazing thing and helped so many! My card is going in the mail today to London, Ontario. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to help!

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  26. The only thing I can say is thank you. I was blessed this year, but I have been in the position to need help before. I sent in my best friend's name because I knew she wouldn't do it for herself (although I know she needs the help). If you cannot match her, no one will be disappointed because she doesn't know I did it. If you do match her, she will definitely ugly cry because she is not expecting it. Either way, you gals are completely awesome for starting this all. THANK YOU

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  27. You did a GREAT thing. Many thanks!

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  28. I big pink puffy <3 you ladies. I'm sending out my gift card with a little gift today myself. You are wonderful people and I wish I had the funds to do more. Thank you for everything. You made my Christmas that much brighter.

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  29. I received help this Christmas for the first, and hopefully the last, time. I cried at the generosity of the woman who helped me when I opened the cheerful Christmas card and a gift card fell out. This has saved Christmas for us.
    THANK YOU!

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  30. Because of you my boys will get something this Christmas! I was able to participate in the Toys for Tots program for my 7 year old daughter but knowing that my 2 adult sons would have nothing was killing me. And then .... yesterday .... a $50 gift card for Target!! And because she included her return address, I get to thank her personally along with thanking you!!

    This experiment of yours is amazing. Not only did it restore and validate your faith in the human spirit, it did mine as well.

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  31. Don't feel bad - yes, we all would like to put bandaids on every wound, sooth the sad brows and tuck them into bed with cups of cocoa - but at least you did SOMETHING. How many people did you help? Hundreds, if not thousands. In this day and age, so many people do absolutely NOTHING. Watch the bellringing bucket, and how many people just walk by. People who, no doubt, can afford to at least throw in the change from their purchases, but don't. What you did was beautiful. You reached out, you helped others reach out and share the love. You helped all those mommies be the mommies they strive to me. And that is mutherfurkin awesomesauce.

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  32. you did a super job!! it was a great idea and gave not only you, but lots of other people the chance to be generous and try to make a difference.

    Even though you couldn't accommodate all the requests (no one could), you both made the world a better place, if only for a short time, for lots and lots of moms.

    You guys are totally awesome!! xoxoxo

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  33. Thanks from a Helped Hooker--
    Here's my story. Being a momma of four all on your own is hard. But hey, it's also wonderful and amazing! We don't have a lot of money, but I was able to squirrel away a few dollars here an there for Christmas. Van breaks down--that's ok, Christmas money still safe. Coats, hats, boots, snow pants, all of the damn swag that comes with winter time--that's ok too, I've got this. Then, while watching my kids play together, almost in slow motion I see my oldest trip over his sister and SMASH--glasses, a million tiny pieces on the floor. Cried myself to sleep that night knowing that the Christmas money would be going to pay for glasses. No way out of it, he can't see a thing without them. The next day, I woke up crying. Needing a laugh, I came to Mommyland as I often do for a pick me up. What do I see? A porny sounding experiment. :). It's really hard to ask for help. It kind of makes me feel like no matter what I do I just can't keep it together. But I sent an e-mail "Hi....really?"Then I watched the whole thing take off, and read so many happy post from Helping Hookers and Helped Hookers. And when I saw a red envelope in the mail last night I cried. Thanks for helping a hooker that's trying her best. Santa was a Hooker this year.

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  34. 10 days? Oh my, it seems like so much longer as I've been refreshing the Facebook page multiple times a day to read about all the happy hookers! I'm sure it's seemed like a lot LOT longer to you. For you guys to do this without knowing whuck would happen is outrageously fantastically brave. And us helpers and helpees are so thankful that you decided to take it on. Because it really does feel good to give, whether it's to another hooker in need or to your kids for Christmas!

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  35. Will loudly and PROUDLY proclaim your awesomeness... not only for the good in your hearts that led you to want to drive this incredible project... but for the NAME!!! ;) I was thrilled to be a Helping Hooker and be able to yell it to the cosmos!!!! You done good, Rants from Mommyland. You done good.

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  36. You 2 Madams are best ones a Hooker could have! I propose that if you do this again next year you start just after Thanksgiving. Take names for 10 days and then be done, but it will give you more time to process the pairs so you won't be so stressed about it. Just a thought :)

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  37. I can't wait to be matched up so I can be a helping hooker! (Sent the email last week and am patiently waiting.) As a mother, I can't imagine not being able to provide at least one gift. The twinkle in the eyes of your child(ren) on Christmas when they open their present(s) and play with them and is special and magical. I'm just glad I know I will be able to help another hooker out there!

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  38. I just want to say thank you for doing this. I couldn't help this year because we are just barely keeping afloat ourselves (thank Maude for second-hand kids' stores and an internet full of DIY gifts...). I consider us one of those neutral families; we really, truly can't afford to help someone else but we really don't need someone else to help us. So what I'm saying is, I consider us lucky. And thank you for helping to put that perspective back into my life.

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  39. I received my card yesterday and it makes me so happy that i can afford to buy something for my kids now being sick this year made Christmas a nightmare when I thought about it, I was trying to figure out how to tell my kids that we would wait till tax time and do a Christmas in February. Thank you so much

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  40. The little help I got made such a major difference, not only does it ensure Christmas for my kiddos, but it also gave me the spirit of the season that I was lacking. Thank you pretty ladies for everything, and a special thanks to my helping hooker!! You ladies all ROCK!!!

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  41. Thank you for the Helping Hookers project, Kate and Lydia! It was bound to grow out of hand, but it did help a lot of people from the sounds of it. I got to be a giving hooker, and it felt awesome! I, too, grew up without Play-Doh (we made our own with flour, salt, and water), and my sister and I got gifts from the nuns that were other kids' used toys. Whenever I can give back I am happy to. Bless your growing hearts, ladies, and merry Christmas!

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  42. My email bounced back too, so here is what I tried to send you hookers (BTW, because of you, the term "hooker" has been added to my list of words that bring a smile to my face. Not because of its obvious hilarity, but because I know that there are people like you and my Helping Hooker (Caron) out there.):

    **********
    Kate & Lydia,

    I want to say, thank you so much for this project. I received a card yesterday, and I was speechless at the generosity. I was hesitant to submit my name, but my child comes before my pride. Anyway, the generosity of others has really shone through and made my heart swell.

    Usually I am the one that gives; I started a project where my friends get together for a swap party where we bring things we no longer use and then people can take what they want. All of the leftovers go to the local woman's shelter. So, needing a helping hand this season is a little out of the ordinary for me.

    Thank you so much for this. Now my little guy can have the Christmas that he deserves. You are the sweetest hookers I (sort of) know. : )
    ********

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  43. Helping one family at Christmas was awesome, helping out a handful makes you ladies someone to look up to, but helping out as many as you guys have gives me hope for a world that does care about its neighbours. Even though you may not be able to help every single person that needs it, you ladies have probably helped open the eyes of many to the needs of others out there who can't afford to buy their little angels anything for Christmas. In a world full of greedy self centered people, you girls shine with a light that's been forgotten by many. Thank you.

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  44. I remember those Christmases past when I never had enough money and could not buy the gifts that I wanted for my loved ones. Now I am in a position to help others in a similar situation, and you gals gave me the opportunity. Thank you.

    This project has done so much for so many--it gave Christmas gifts to kids who might not have had any, it eased the burden of so many moms who desperately wanted their children to have a good Christmas, it empowered other mommies to help those in need, and hopefully provided an important lesson to their children that not everyone is as lucky to have Christmas gifts and it is our responsibility to help. Isn't that what Christmas is about?

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  45. I would love to help, if you are still in need of Helping Hookers once all your matching is sorted out. RheaEllis53@yahoo.com

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  46. Kate and Lydia, you are so amazing! I love what Jaclyn said. You helped so many mommies! Not just the mommies who needed help, but thoes of us who got to help too! Thank you soooo much you wonderful hookers!I hope that Natalie in ID got my gift card! You are a wonderful hooker and I'm sorry it isn't more!! I hope hope hope hope that you have a good Christmas!!

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  47. Please! This is your Oprah moment and you would have been guests with a whole show devoted to what you just did. It goes to show what we can accomplish in small numbers. The experiement was so successful and others can replicate it in their communities. I would encourage you do repeat it next year with a team of volunteers and a shorter time frame. Or butt heads and figure out how it can be done through others in smaller groups thru the nation. For me, it was the true definition of irony. When I got home with my gift card for the name I was assigned by husband, our only breadwinner and health insurace holder was home. He had be fired from his job. I still mailed my gift to my adopted mommy, put toys in the Toys for Tots box and am still putting coins in the Salvation Army buckets. Even broke and losing the house in two months I am still better off than some.

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  48. Y'all? Just plain radical. That's it.

    If you need another helper, please e-mail me. No pressure - just offering.

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  49. You guys ROCK!!! You did SOMETHING and made a difference. I already sent out cards to 2 families but..... While cleaning out an old pocketbook yesterday I found $100 tucked inside a little pocket so send me 5 more Hookers to help. LisaMLmom@verizon.net
    And next year put me down as a "staff" member for the Helping Hookers project 2012
    May God bless & keep you always!

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  50. Thank you for all of the work you put into this project! I have received so much help from my family in the last year and half, I am still finding my way (unexpected divorce, now a single mom, going to nursing school full time, working part time). It feels really good to pay just a little bit forward. I just got the shipping notice from Walmart that the gift card I ordered online will arrive in Iowa in 2 days. It made me smile from ear to ear knowing I may be able to help even in some small way. Happy Holidays everyone!!

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  51. You all should be SO proud of what you did! While everyone who wrote in may not be helped you did make a HUGE difference in SO many peoples lives. And helped their children have a magical holiday. YOU ALL ROCK!

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  52. Poverty sucks. I spent a lot of nights sleeping at our church so that our church could have homeless families sleep there. The issues of poverty has gotten so bad that no one person or group can solve it all.

    I can tell you this much, you make a difference every day to everyone of us. Being Helping hookers this year has allowed you to help loads of people do something that they could never have done without you. For every email you read and every message you sent there were smiles and tears of joy and a renewed sense of hope. That was all because of you.

    So don't cry that you can't help everyone. No one can. But buy a really good bottle of champagne and toast each other, and the hookers that helped, and the hookers that needed help. Feel the christmas spirit. And start planning what you need to help with next year, because ladies you really started something awesome and I don't think your hooker friends will let you not do this again next year. Perhaps put out some feelers to other bloggers that (or hookers) that are willing to help next year. I think you will find the help you need. Blessings to you and your's this Christmas.

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  53. I have a friend who is very interested in helping out and is very sad that this is ending. She is familiar with what needs to be done for filing as a charity and would really like to head this up and see it continue. Any thoughts or suggestions? Would it be possible to keep this going if you had help?

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  54. If you're ever brave enough to do this porny experiment again, perhaps a separate email addy for (1) helping hookers and (2) hookers needing help? Not sure if that would maybe speed things up a bit for the matching.

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  55. I think this story fits your situation perfectly...

    The Starfish Story
    Original Story by: Loren Eisley

    One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

    Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?" The youth replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.
    The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."

    "Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish?
    You can't make a difference!"

    After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one."

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  56. You guys are amazing for even attempting to make this happen. Thank you!

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  57. You ladies have done an awesome job, and I wish that there was more I could do to help.

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  58. Merry Christmas Hookers!!! I just want to say thank you so much for what you have done this Christmas! I was a Helping Hooker, and I will get my gift card mailed out to my mommy this week. The one thing this little experiment has done was to help teach my own LTSs about the true meaning of Christmas. When they saw me buy the gift card they asked who it was for and I told them it was for a little boy or girl who might not get a lot for Christmas. My 7 year old cried and asked me why they wouldn't get anything and I had to tell him that some mommies and daddies are having a rough time this year. Well, as amazing as my little guy is he went home and went through all his toys (and there are a lot!) and found the ones in the best condition and donated them to the toy drive that his school is sponsoring!! So, not only did you touch mommies and hookers everywhere, you ladies helped me teach my kids what the Honest to Goodness TRUE meaning of Christmas really is!! Thank you for that, I will be forever grateful!!

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  59. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! This mom of three is so grateful! I lost my job in Nov and also got divorced in Nov. Thank you for allowing me to now get gifts each for my children.

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  60. Long, long ago (this morning... ), in a galaxy far, far away, (suburban southern Australia), there lived two Hooker Queens whose goodness stretched so far that it could not be touched, but only felt in the heart. When news of the Grand Hooker Queens and their kind and generous acts reached the people of the great Southern Hookerland, smiles glowed and tears were shed (sometimes at the same time) and the Spirit of Christmas flowed freely in every Hooker heart in the land.
    Thank you for sharing the love Lydia and Kate

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  61. I still want to help! I just sent my email, I got all distracted by the awesomeness and realized that I never actually stepped up so hopefully it's not too late!

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  62. Kate & Lydia: Please run for office. There's no reason for this to be the dire situation that 1m of Americans are raising their kids in. Seriously, you gals would rock that white house.

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  63. This experiment came from such a sincere place in your hearts. Realistically, I knew wecouldn't do it all, but just that you had the idea and shared it with us so we could DO something rather than sit around thinking about it. I was a sincere, well intentioned, amateur, messy, completely awesome labor of love AND THAT'S WHY IT ROCKED! Crying ugly tears in Knoxville, a happy-to-help-a-little-at-little-hooker!

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  64. You two hookers give me hope that the world is still good, pure, generous, and giving. Thank you!

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  65. We had our first baby in May, this will be his first Christmas, and even though he won't remember it I would be devastated if I wasn't able to provide gifts for him. You ladies did something amazing, for the hookers getting gift cards and the hookers sending gift cards. I'm lucky enough to be a helping hooker this year, and I hope my mama in Texas buys her kids something amazing when the gift card gets there (according to Walmart should arrive between today and Friday). I hope this is a yearly thing and agree that next year maybe 2 email addresses would be easier. And if you give us your addresses (or po box) I'm sure we could keep you caffinated long enough to sort through all the hookers. Love you ladies!!!

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  66. Hey Ladies - I didn't see the original post but from what I gather your connecting Mommies who are feeling particularly blessed this year with those that are in need of a little help.

    As a new Mommy, it breaks my heart to think of not being able to provide for my munchkin...I'd love to help.

    Send me someone to help!

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  67. I got my red envelope a few days ago, and I want to send a shout out to my Hooker from St Cloud, FL! Thank you, I was able to get both of my kids a small gift. I didn't think we'd have anything to actually give them until AFTER Christmas, so you made a hug difference for our family. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. And a huge thank you to Kate and Lydia for organizing this whole thing. You're the best hookers ever!

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  68. You awesome hookers have earned stars on your halos in heaven! You are puffy heart, rainbow unicorn (with capes) wonderful!

    Merry Christmas
    Kristen

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  69. I would like to tell you how you changed not just me, but also my family. I received my name last week and went to Target to pick up the coveted gift card for my hooker. I took my 15 year old daughter & 11 year old son with me. They asked why I had purchased a gift card; so I explained the project to them (minus the “hooker” part). We had a discussion on the drive home of how hard it was when they were younger to afford Christmas presents and how I wanted to be able to help another mother in need; so that her children would have something under the tree Christmas morning. They told me they thought it was a nice idea and I thought that was the end of the discussion.

    Fast forward a few days….this weekend, we had a friend over that has three children. Her family has been struggling financially for some time now, and while she hasn’t said it, I know she’s been worried about Christmas this year. Her daughter has asked for a Nintendo DS for Christmas and she asked if I knew anywhere to purchase them cheap. All of a sudden, my daughter said “I have one you can have. I never play it anymore and you could use it more than me.” Both of my children then went through the house collecting any DS games we had laying around, so there would be games to play on Christmas morning. I have never been so proud of my children for their understanding and generosity.

    Thank you RFML, for not only helping me help a fellow mom, but also helping me reinforce to my children the power and importance of giving….

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  70. If you need helping hookers, send me an email. I would love to be matched.

    Michelle
    michecombs@gmail.com

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  71. You, and all of your bloggity friends who helped you with this project, ROCK! Don't feel like you let anyone down. Even Ghandi and Mother Teresa couldn't help everyone and they are, like, saints or something.

    While we aren't swimming in cash, my husband has a job that pays the bills and I didn't hesitate to sign up to help. Who knows, *I* could be one of those Moms one day. Just the IDEA that someone WANTED to help is more awesomer than awesome. I heart you and your ideas and your generous souls and the fact that you gave me a chance to be a hooker, if only for a day! Julia Roberts-look out!

    ROCK ON LADIES!

    ~Cat

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  72. So I procrastinated a few days and just now sent off my Helping Hooker gift card. I wish I could see that mama's face when she gets that envelope in the mail!

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  73. I'm not a mommy yet but I follow your blog because you guys are AWESOME and, basically, the funniest people on the internet. My step-sister is a single mommy to the best 4 year old little boy I have ever met.

    For confidentiality purposes, I signed her up since they are really struggling this year - they are living in an emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence after getting out of an abusive situation with her ex-husband. With help from their match-up, my nephew will have an awesome gift to open on Christmas morning.

    Thank you for restoring my faith in humanity.

    Unfortunately, I wasn't able to help financially this year but I'm hoping we can both help next year.

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  74. I just wanted to say THANK YOU soooooo much! I received a $100 gift card from Tiffany (one of your Helping Hookers) and I can't even begin to explain the gratitude that I feel knowing that each of my 6 kids will have a few small gifts this Christmas. We signed up for assistance from a church but being that our family is so large, there was one item per child. So, being able to buy a few more things is awesome! I wasn't really expecting anything and if something did come, I was thinking it would be like $20 or something. My husband and I literally cried when he checked the mail Sunday morning.

    Hopefully next year, I can be on the giving end of Helping Hookers.

    Thanks again!

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  75. I work for a humane society and people always say, "I don't know how you do it; it must be overwhelming; all those animals to try and save."

    To which I reply (which is also the tagline on my email): "Saving just one animal won't change the world, but it will surely change the world for that one animal."

    So, to you ladies, I say: "Helping just one hooker won't change the world, but it will surely change the world for that one hooker."

    And you changed the world for LOTS of hookers this holiday season. Well done.

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  76. Oh Crap! I didn't use a red envelope! Mama in CA- please don't think its junk mail! It's coming a long way from PA. Lol! Ladies, you ROCK! This simple experience for me has made my holiday so much more meaningful. I wish I could see my CA mom open her card!

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  77. i didn't even make it through the post without ugly crying. I didn't even finnish my coffee! You ladies are the bestest wonderfulest Hookers! I think if I read more than 10 (yeah I only got through 10) comments my heart would burst

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  78. You ladies have done something AMAZING here and whether one hooker be helped or many you have stepped up to do something so kind and generous and AMAZINGLY AWESOME that you should be granted sainthood.

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  79. Dear ladies, You're amazing. It's the holidays and you've got families of your own and you decide hey! Let's try something that's gonna be really hard... It's not like we're busy right now... umm.. wait. You are busy. But you still made time for this. You are incredible. Because even one matched pair is a miracle. This whole project just made me love you more (and I didn't think that was possible). You deserve an award. Or extra wine. Or something. I love you. Thank you for doing this. It was hard. And you did it. ;-)
    XO, Dagney

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  80. I mailed my gift cards to two mommies today!! I even hit up all my neighbors and friends to make the biggest contribution that I could! I was shocked at how quickly I was given contributions when all I told them was I read this great blog and they are doing this great thing for moms. We have plenty of local need but something about this made it special. If moms can't help each other, no matter where we are in the world, then what do we have? I see the excess even in my own house and have learned quite a bit from this experiment and from reading the comments on your posts.

    Thanks Kate & Lydia for doing this - it warmed my heart to be able to help and pay it forward.

    Merry Christmas!

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  81. Thanks RFML!!! I recieved my a gift card from a WONDERFUL Helping Hooker over the weekend and when I opened it...I cried. To see the pure generosity of a complete stranger amazes me. I fully plan on sending her a personal thank you note but I don't think I could write it without crying all over it yet...so it's going to take me a few days. And to be able put a few presents under the tree for my boys just makes me soooooooo happy. I really hope to be able to pay it forward next Christmas and be a Helping Hooker myself. Thanks so much for putting all this together...it is nothing short of a Miracle. And to my Helping Hooker....YOU ROCK! God Bless! Merry Christmas.

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  82. Do you still need Hookers to donate? I can help... lynchlm@comcast.net... you are AWESOME <3

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  83. I received my gift card in the mail yesterday. I knew it was going to be a tough year. My kids know that money is tight and they understand that I can't afford presents. Even so, I truly did not want them totally devastated when Christmas morning came and Santa didn't bring anything.... BUT, because of the generosity of a stranger, today I was able to go to the store and buy my children not only a gift from Santa, but one from me as well. Needless to say I've been crying off and on for 24 hours now. I am so humbled by the kindness of others.

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  84. I am sitting here crying reading all the comments. You hookers are fantastic!
    Kate and Lydia - what you have done is amazing. You have reminded so many people of the true meaning of Christmas. We are all so blessed to have your blog. If you need any help next year to do this again, please let me know.

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  85. We are all Hookers with Hearts of Gold, and the world is a better place for every bit of good that came from this project.

    I was lucky (and happy...) to be able to help this year. It set the tone for the rest of my holiday attitude--when we have plenty, we share. It's a lesson I'm teaching my daughter, and it really is such a simple way to start.

    I heart you Hookers. All of you. Merry Christmas and Maude bless us, every one.

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  86. You ladies are just amazing! Each year we donate to toys for tots because it would kill me if my kid had to go without on Christmas so we buy a gift for a boy and girl to donate. Next year I am all about helping as many hookers as I can because I know how hard it is..trust me we've been there! You have helped so many deserving hookers and Im so very honored to be a fan of your great blog :)

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  87. You two are amazing! I was really. Not feeling the Christmas spirit this year, then I got my hooker address. In my email. Pulling together the money for the card, mailing it, and imagining the kids that will get Christmas really put me in the Christmas mood! I am so glad I was able to help. When I told some people what I was doing they added to my cash supply so I was able to send a bigger card. Next year I would love to help out again! If there is a way to have people help make the matches SIGN ME UP.

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  88. My Helping Hooker came about in a slightly different way. One of my besties reads your blog and we were yapping about doing a Girls Day really soon, but with the holiday and lack of funds it would have to wait. We knew there were more mommies out there who needed help far more than we, so we didn't send in an email to you. Then yesterday, my wonderful bestie kidnapped me for pedicures followed by delicious gyros and ice cream and we laughed and had a glorious time! She and my hubby had been planning for THREE DAYS to get me out of the house and it was the most awesome, welcome and wonderful time! Thank you Max for being such an awesome Smelly Pirate Hooker and to DevilSquid for being such a supportive husband!

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  89. Holy crap, there are a lot of comments to scroll through to say -

    THANK YOU! HOOKERS ARE AWESOME!!!!

    I got what I thought was some sort of "please don't come back to our store" complaint or something of that nature from Target today. But, when I opened it, there was a $25 gift card!!!!

    Thank you Amy Chickles for your sweet and thoughtful gift! And, thank you Kate and Lydia for being charitable hookers (oxymoron?).

    I used part of our grocery money to get each of our four kids two small gifts, but our fridge is near empty and so is our freezer. Now I can go buy their favorite cereals and cinnamon rolls for this week and Christmas Day.

    Hugs, love, and t-boxes...
    RJH

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  90. You hookers! You are totally awesome sparklies!

    I am mailing my gift card today to Rachel and although it is not much, I am so happy to help someone - even if it is just a little bit. We don't have much this year ourselves, but we have a warm home, food for our tummies, a few small gifts under our tree, and lots of love. And I'm pretty sure that's all we really need.

    You ladies are Rock Stars! Thank you for spending so much of your time helping others, as always. We love you!

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  91. I received my gift card from my military hooker mommy on saturday. im glad I have her return address so I can thank her personnally. the only toy my 3yr old wants this year is Hungry Hungry Hippos and now she will for sure be receiving it! in addition we will also be blessed to have a wonderful christmas dinner! thank you Kate and Lydia for dreaming this up. We Love You!!

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  92. I received my gift card from my military hooker mommy on saturday. im glad I have her return address so I can thank her personnally. the only toy my 3yr old wants this year is Hungry Hungry Hippos and now she will for sure be receiving it! in addition we will also be blessed to have a wonderful christmas dinner! thank you Kate and Lydia for dreaming this up. We Love You!!

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  93. Must. stop. reading. Can't. stop .crying!

    You ladies really are fabulous. This was such a wonderful thing for you to do and I know that all of the mommies who got a little help this Christmas will be forever grateful! I sent in my BFF's name because she is a single, hardworking, college student mama with 4 beautiful boys. I wasn't going to tell her that I did it, but then I realized that she may get a gift card in the mail that said something like, "Merry Christmas, hooker!" and not know wth it was all about!! :D I found out today that she got her card and that she is REALLY happy to have a little help getting something for her boys. I am overjoyed and my heart is very happy! So, a big THANK YOU to the wonderful helping hooker in Virgina who helped my BFF in NY!! And a big THANK YOU to you, Kate and Lydia. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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  94. You are the best hookers in the world! :-) I hope that you know how much JOY you have brought to so many, and I hope you have a great Christmas!

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  95. You ladies rock!!! You did an amazing thing that will change many people's holidays this year. No, it's not everyone out there in need, but it is some, and that is still HUGE, especially for those getting a little something something. Thank you for creating Helping Hookers and giving those of us who can help the opportunity, and those of us who need it, a little bit of holiday cheer. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to pay it forward. :)

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  96. Let me add to the praise. Kate and Lydia, you are doing a really great thing here and not giving yourself nearly enough credit. I honestly don't know how you do it all: the blog, the parenting with a sense of humor, this massively amazing project...you are mommies to be admired. I emailed my desire to be a helping hooker on Friday and was already matched with a hooker in plenty of time to get a gift card out. Thanks for being awesome! P.S. True story...if you try and use the word "hooker" in a gift message for a Target gift card, you will be censored for inappropriate language. Whuck!?!?

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  97. I'm so glad I could be a part of this. Crying my eyes out over here....I wish I could have given more but hoping that little bit made a difference for one family.

    K & L, you ladies are amazing <3

    xoxox Mel

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  98. You are fabulous!! Come check out my giveaway--ends tomorrow! www.prettyhairisfun.com.

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  99. I was fortunate to be able to send a gift card to another mama yesterday. If you still need more Helping Hookers to match up with mamas who need a little help, please feel free to send a couple more addresses my way. jjchalut@gmail.com

    Thanks again for working so hard to make this whole project possible!

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  100. I have chills from reading all these comments. So, so amazing :)

    I mailed my gift card to a mom who lives nearly 2,000 miles away. I can't wait for it to arrive! My husband and I were out shopping when I picked up the Target gift card. Things are a little tight for us (though not bad, really) so I thought I'd send just $20. When I explained about *why* I was getting the card my husband said, "get more". Generosity is contagious!

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  101. I love you guys and a lady I have never met and her family in NY state. I am just awestruck. I signed up, but never thought we would get anything, but I knew I wanted to help a little bit that we could scrape together. I have been having a very bad few weeks, mommy land has been horried lately.... anyway this generous gift from someone will enable us to buy a few extra grocries and a extra gift or two for our daughter. I am speechless still and drained from all the tears of gratitude and the fact that trust in the fact that most people do operate on love has been restored. I know it sounds disjounted and stuff but... seriously You have moved me, a lady in NY has moved me and I am overcome.

    I have two outgrown, 3T, but never worn Christmas dresses, if you know of a need please email me.

    I love you guys!

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  102. I'm off to send my card right now. You ladies have made such a difference. Please don't feel bad about ending the project early, you have done so much. God Bless You, God Bless the Helping Hookers, and God Bless all of the moms out there who need help, I hope they are lucky enough to run into Hookers as fabulous as you. -Sarah

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  103. The Starfish Story
    Original Story by: Loren Eisley

    One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.
    Approaching the boy, he asked, "what are you doing?"
    The youth replied, "throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
    "Son," the man said, "don't you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can't make a difference!"
    After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish,
    and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, "I made a difference for that one."

    You made me think of this story. You can't make a difference to the whole world. But you sure did make a difference for the ladies who are receiving cards/stuff. And I know everyone who's giving feels a little different than before they gave. And even those who weren't involved are probably thinking a bit beyond themselves. You have made a difference to at least a few of us starfish. Thank you.

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  104. You ladies are amazing. I wanna grow up to be Lydia and Kate! We're pretty strapped this Christmas, but I can't bear the thought of a mommy who asked for help not getting it. Please, if you need another Helping Hooker, I want to help. brandyaerial@hotmail.com I can get a card out this week. Cheers, Brandy

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  105. I sent one to a mommy in WI but I would be glad to send another. Things are tight here too, but I feel like helping others is what Christmas is about.
    If you are still taking emails for giving Hookers, send me an another address!
    shelshel2@aol.com

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  106. You hookers can't possibly be disappointed in these results - even if you only helped one hooker, that would have been enough. I was thrilled to take part as a HH this year, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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  107. Thank you thank you thank you for all you have done to coordinate this project! As soon as I read the initial announcement I knew I had to participate. Thank you for connecting all of us Mommies (and Daddies no doubt) in these difficult times and giving as the chance to open our hearts in the spirit of the season. I wish you both peace and joy (and naps) for the holidays! Happy helping, hookers!

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  108. Thank you Lydia and Kate for starting this experiment!! I sent an email asking for help but I didn't expect to receive anything. Then I got $80 worth of gift cards in the mail!! My kids will really be able to have a nice Christmas now. thank you so much!

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  109. I've got my gift cards ready to be sent out tomorrow morning when I pass the mailbox! Thanks so much for organizing such an amazing way for us to help and spread a little Christmas Joy!

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  110. I want to share my little story with you guys, because I'm afraid you're feeling badly about your experiment and that just can't happen because you are both AWESOME. I work in social services, and asking for help was not easy... I'm more used to being in a position to help others. But I needed help, and I asked for it. And then I put it out of my mind, thinking that it might not happen for me, and not wanting to count on it.

    Then, a week later, a package arrived in the mail from Target. I couldn't think what it could be. I haven't gotten any gifts yet or ordered anything, and like I said, I'd sort of put the asking-for-help thing out of my mind. I was truly puzzled as I opened the package. It turned out to be an incredibly generous gift card from a Helping Hooker mommy named Jen, which was attached to a completely adorable mini-box of Legos. My daughter, age 7, was in the room when I opened it and immediately went Lego-loco as I burst into tears. My daughter dropped the Legos and came over asking what was wrong. I said, "Baby, these are happy tears. I just got a wonderful present from another mama, and I've never even met her!" My girl said, "Why did that mama send you a present if you don't know her?" I said, "Well, we found out about each other on a website that I read, and she sent me the present and you the Legos because she knows I'm a single mama and that I could use some help sometimes. Isn't that awesome?"

    To which my daughter replied, "Is it that Mommyland website where you know her?" I said, "Yes, actually, it is. How in the world did you guess that?" And she said, "Well, you read that website every day after work and it always makes you laugh a LOT. So I thought probably the mama was someone you laughed together with and maybe she knows that you help other families at your work and that's why she got the idea to give you a present. You're like... laughing-helping-mom friends."

    So to you, Kate & Lydia (who make me laugh every day) and to you, Hooker Extraordinaire Jen (who made my holiday and my daughter's perfect in more ways than I can begin to count or express) I just want to say THANK YOU. And THANK YOU again. And one more THANK YOU for good measure. I love you and every other laughing-helping-mom friend that reads this incredible blog. My life is different -- BETTER -- because of you.

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  111. It's gonna be a Hookalicious Christmas in my house Thanks to Keri K. from OK.

    It may be all you could do to get that card for me, but it means the world to me. I can get each kiddie another gift. Blessings and Hookings to you. (Is it Blasphemous to say those two words in the same sentence?)

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  112. I tried to send to your email account listed on the blog but the email got returned so...

    Hi!!

    I'm late on the bandwagon but finally had time to catch up on your
    blog. I know you are no longer doing the program but I hate to think
    of you not having a hooker to help someone in need if there aren't
    enough hookers to meet the need. I can't imagine a child going
    without this holiday season. So if you need more matches I'd love to
    help. I have a target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Gymboree, Children's Place,
    Kohl's, Macy's and JCPenney nearby. Also whatever Kroger has in their
    gift card rack. I know a few others that will be hookers if
    necessary!!

    You can email me at dawnpigg@gmail.com if you match me up with someone.

    You all rock!!

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  113. Amy, I'm your helping Hooker. I think you (and the work you) are awesome. Honored to help.

    Love, Luck, and Legos to everyone,
    Jen

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  114. Thank you two hookers for helping so many mommies. I grew up in a home with second hand toys at christmas, my mom worked really hard to make it as magical as she could with so little money. She would yard sale all year and save up our presents so we had something nice to open on Christmas. Being a mom now I realize how expensive it can all get so quickly. That said, if you need any more helping hookers, please please let me know so I can help a momma out. I would never want a mama that got her name in on time to go without a gift for her kids.
    bethanyhelene@gmail.com

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  115. Please feel free to remove my name from Hookers needing Help. I don't want someone who may need something more than me to be passed over. Merry Christmas everyone!

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  116. If you have any mummies in the UK you're trying to match, I would so love to help!

    elizabeth_fricker@hotmail.co.uk

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  117. Hi! I'm 12 and my mom reads this blog I heard about what you did for us and I just want to thank you for all you have done! I usually help Santa pick stocking-stuffers and now I can! Don't tell my brothers. ;)

    You rock!!!
    The Happy ELF

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  118. at work, sniffing back the tears. Thank you for reminding me that the nasty selfish people I deal with at work are NOT the only people in the world.

    Thank you for reminding me 1) to be grateful for what I have and that I was able to help another mama and 2) that I am so blessed every day. May not have all I want but I have all I need.

    Also, thank you for reminding me that I cannot save the world by myself. I can, however, save the world of one child. My work is valuable and my children are precious.

    So from the bottom of my heart, thank you for the best gift to myself this season. To my hooker needing help, you are on my prayer list now as well. Thank you, Lydia and Kate. You make all of us feel as though we are not alone in this Mommyland path.

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  119. I just received my Walmart giftcard today from my fellow hooker. Thank you so much! We really appreciate it and you are very special to our family this year. Thank you ♥ Def made me and my hubby tear when we saw it. Thank you. :) Merry Christmas!

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  120. We received our Target gift card today from a wonderful woman in Michigan. You two are doing more for families than you can possibly imagine. Thank you so very very much.

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  121. I just received a gift card from a wonderful Angel. I don't know where my post was to reply to it, I don't even remember putting my address down or sending it anywhere or e-mailing it to anyone (I can't believe I can't remember a thing!). I do know her name is Corrente and I have to say that you've shocked both my husband and myself. I don't know that I honestly thought anything would come my way but it has and I'm so grateful. So thank you ma'am, God Bless you and your family, and Merry Christmas. Please let me know if the address on the card is correct so I can send a 'Thank You' card to you. The generosity of you and others on this site and others I read have made me sad I can't give someone money or something right now BUT I already told my husband that old clothes (that the kids are currently growing out of) and toys and anything else will be gathered up before the end of the year and I will try to send to someone. As much as I would love to send money I hope that gently used toys and clothes will help. I should've offered this from the get-go but I've been wallowing in self-pity for awhile and clearly I need to snap out of it:) Thank you and I will continue to search for my post to try to reply to it BUT if not, thank you to all the Helping Hookers, especially my own:)

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  122. Oh my! I think once I calmed down I found my post! No wonder I couldn't find it! I posted anonymously AND didn't leave my name. I'm still at a loss as to how I got a giftcard BUT I can honestly say that thanks to my Angel my children will be getting clothes they can grow in to, shoes that will last beyond 6 months,and the card will all go to them. Mommy might get a Starbucks drink to help ease the shopping-with-kids-blues:) but I can assure you this gift card is all them....and maybe some groceries:) Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you! I can never say enough to you, my Angel, or anyone else who has helped make this Christmas awesome! P/S: My two kids have birthdays within a few weeks after Christmas and this will help with that too. You didn't even know it but you helped not only make their Christmas awesome but also helped with their Birthday. I promise to pay it forward as soon as I can!!! Pinkie-promise!

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  123. I don't want to stress you out, either, (I can only imagine how overwhelmed I'd be, but it's a wonderful thing you've done) but if you have time to add on more helpers, add me!

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  124. Wow I must say that I am blown away. I have received help from someone in another state. Someone who does not know me at all except from a short email. Someone who has chosen to give from their heart and truly make a difference to my children this Christmas. I am graduating with my RN in 3 short months and my life will change. I am so excited to my helping hooker merchandise so that you have money to donate to a charity next year and if you do this again I want to be a helping hooker. (I sure hope so!) Thank you to my Helping Hooker and thank you to RFML Hookers for orchestrating all of this. You are all truly amazing!

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  125. I received my gift card in the mail the other day thanks to a Helping Hooker. I am so very very grateful and I can't wait to pick out some presents for my toddler. I plan on sending a personal thank you to the person who sent the card but I want to thank you ladies as well.

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  126. Okay, so this is the 3rd comment I've left b/c I just found my e-mail to you guys. I blame the late nights at work, the little sleep, and children on my forgetfulness. Thank you again and God bless. I do plan on sending a 'Thank You' card to the person who sent me the gift card. So if you read this then Thank You so much for being a wondeful Angel. Merry Christmas y'all and I will do what I can to pay this forward as soon as I can. Pinkie promise.
    -Mishel Hardin-

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  127. I just wanted to come on tonight to say thank you. Thank you Kate and Lydia, you fabulous hookers, for doing this. I got a gift card in the mail yesterday. My daughter will have christmas. You don't know what this means to me...but you can probably guess. Bless you both for doing this.
    And Jessica in SC, thank you the most. For your generosity of spirit and your faith in the season. For helping another mommy out, bless your heart. My only hope is that next year I can pay it forward and return the favor to another mommy-hooker in need. So Jessica in SC...Merry Christmas to you too, hooker! :P

    I've gotta go cry some more.

    Jenna

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  128. I went to get my mail today, and there was a card from Kate addressed to me!!!! In it, a Target gift card. I didn't even submit my name!!!! I cried. I literally cried. Thank you so very much. I hope to do something this big and this good, when we dig ourselves out if our muck. Thank you from me to you. Love, Erin from www.frompradatopayless.blogspot.com

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  129. To my H.H. from Richmond, VA --- THANK YOU! What a huge blessing you are to us. When Christmas seemed like is was going to be bleak, God used you to send a surprise in a little red envelope. The tears began flowing immediately when I received your generous $100 gift card to Target! Word cannot express my gratitude. I am one who loves to do things for others. It's been very difficult to be the one in need. I pray for the chance to be able to Pay It Forward.

    To my secret angel, who ever you are that submitted my name... THANK YOU! I didn't even know about this blog or the Grand experiment, until yesterday. Someone I know did and was thoughtful enough to send in my name/address. Wow! I am blown away! My boys will be able to open gifts this year just like in years past. I wasn't sure it would be possible. But like God always does, He showed up through others and blessed us through His provision!

    To Kate and Lydia, THANK YOU for heeding the call to see where this experiment would go to help us mommies in need. After reading your posts, I know this turned out to be more than you imagined. You've been able to help lots of mommies. I am forever grateful that I was blessed to be one of them. I will never forget this! You two have BIG hearts and your love for others is being spread around the world this Christmas season.

    God Bless you all!
    Karen in TN

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  130. You did more than most would do, be proud of who you helped. I was so happy to have the opportunity to be on the giving end and that's thanks to you!!

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  131. HELPING HOOKER OUT THERE WHO SENT MY FAMILY A CARD:

    thanks to you, my kiddos and I will be able to stay warm this winter. For us that card bought a space heater, and lots of warm woolly socks.

    Thank you so much, you literally warmed our hearts.

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  132. Thank you so much to my helping hooker Kate and Varand. I received my gift cards in the mail today and was thrilled beyond words. I cannot express enough my gratitude to you. Thank you so very much. You have definitely made my Christmas brighter.

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  133. This seems to be the place for late offers... Just reading all of this now while sleeplessly reading blogs and avoiding wrapping my family's pile of gifts. I want to take nothing for granted. I can do an online gift card from amazon if you can give me an address or three, even post-holiday: Chanukah lasts until the 27th.. ; )
    Blessings and Merry Xmas to you debl99@yahoo.com

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