If I haven’t mentioned it before, we are officially in what I like to refer to as Walk Season!  It is a very busy and very exciting time for us.  Days are filled with writing fundraising letters and e-mails.  Looking for sponsors for the 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis in Grand Rapids.  Trying to come up with new fundraisers while at the same time re-visiting and renewing previous ones.  And all the while still trying to keep up with Mackenzie and her school, gymnastics, play time, doctor appointments, and her upcoming birthday in April.

Our Cooking for a Cure with Mackenzie’s Sidekicks Cookbook is on the way the to publisher for printing and will be available very soon.  If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to pre-order your copy or copies today.  The book is filled with 212 recipes spread over eight categories that include Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables & Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, Cookies & Candy, and This & That.  The cookbooks are $10 each along with $3 shipping and handling per cookbook.  All proceeds are going to the Arthritis Foundation in support of Mackenzie’s Sidekicks in the 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis.  To pre-order your cookbook(s), send check or money order made payable to Mackenzie’s Sidekicks and mail it with a note letting us know your total number or books requested and a mailing address to Mackenzie’s Sidekicks, P O Box I, Fruitport, MI 49415.  Pre-ordered cookbooks will be shipped out as soon as they are printed along with a donation receipt for your tax records.

Next week we are excited to team up with Brann’s Steakhouse for a fundraising event.  All you have to do is eat at Brann’s on Harvey Street in Muskegon on Tuesday, February 17 (dine in or carry out) and Brann’s will give 15% of your total bill to the Arthritis Foundation in support of Mackenzie’s Sidekicks.  Just print the flyer (you can find it on our Files tab) and take it with you to give to your server.  You can get fed and do a good deed all at the same time!  Please come out and join us and if you work in a business or office that allows you hand out or provide flyers to co-workers and customers, please print out a few extras and share them.

Finally, moms and dads is your house over flowing with clothes your kids have out grown, toys they no longer play with and gear and furniture you no longer use or need?  Well then I have a solution for you!   On April 11 Woman’s Life Chapter 894 is hosting a Mom2Mom Sale where you can “rent” a space to sell all of those gently used items.  All proceeds from the “rent” will go to the 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis in support of Mackenzie’s Sidekicks.  We also welcome one and all to come out and shop on April 11.  Admission to the sale is $1 and again goes to the 2015 Walk to Cure Arthritis.  We will have lots of great infant and children’s items along with representatives from Thirty-One Gifts, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple and several handmade craft items.  Woman’s Life will also match up the first $500 raised.  Check our our Events tab for the official flyer.

As I mentioned, it’s busy, busy, busy!  We hope you continue to check back often to keep up with what we are doing and to keep tabs on Mackenzie!  And as always, thank you so much for continued support and prayers!  We couldn’t do it without you!