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December 07th, 2010 | Author:

“Where did the time go,” is usually something you hear old people say.  But even for me, I wonder where this whole year went too.  It seems like it was summer not too long ago and that I just started high school last week.

With Christmas right around the corner, I  just finished my 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California.  Through the support and generous donations from people all over the country and even a few in Japan, I was able to raise $1,475, including my own money, to buy 500 teddy bears for the kids.  Although we didn’t reach last year’s amount, I know each bear will make a difference in someone’s life.

Bears of all sizes, colors and shapes have been ordered and should arrive by the end of this week. They get unpacked from their boxes, sorted, and then my parents and I will tie a donation tag on each and every bear with the name of the person that donated. After each one has their special name tag around their neck, they are neatly packed again in larger bags ready for their trip to San Diego on December 18.

500 bears will be fill about 10 large bags.  Since we don’t have a mini-van, we contacted our local Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Temecula, California.  They were generous and offered to give us a half-price deal on a rental and said they would check to see if they could make a full donation. So hopefully, by the time the delivery date comes, they will be able to do that.  Either way, I appreciate their support and help toward this effort.

Thank you to every person who donated to this great cause. I couldn’t have done this without you. To see a list of the supporters, please visit Pencil Bugs. After we deliver the bears, I will post a short video and update to this story. The video is now online on my YouTube Channel.

Charity should not be just at Christmas. Since I started my business, I have been donating to help kids in various ways throughout the year. There are so many good causes and people that need help in different situations. 2011 may be the start of something new in my charitable efforts. Stay tuned.

October 15th, 2010 | Author:

To increase exposure for my 2010 Teddy Bear Christmas Fundraiser for kids at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California, I am offering a link exchange with anyone who would like to be a part of this amazing charitable event.

There is no cost involved. It’s FREE advertising with little to no effort. Here’s how simple it is.

YOUR PART:

  1. Send me your logo and website URL via the email link on my website CONTACT page.

MY PART:

  1. In return, I will send you my logo and URL to my 2010 Rady Bear Christmas Fundraiser page.
  2. I will be redesigning my website home page to include a special place for all link exchange participants.
  3. From now until December 4, your logo/link will be on my home page, which is the deadline for donations for the fundraiser.
  4. After December 4, I will move your logo/link to the specific 2010 Rady Bear Christmas Fundraiser page where it will remain indefinitely.

THE EXCHANGE:

My logo and link to my 2010 Rady Bear Christmas Fundraiser page must remain on your website home page or blog home page until December 4.  After that, you can move my logo  to another page or remove it from your site altogether although I hope you would continue to keep it and redirect the link to my Pencil Bugs home page.

LAST YEAR’S BEARS:

2009 Rady Children's Hospital Teddy Bears deliveryWith the help of people around the world and my own money, I was able to raise over $5,000 which enabled me to buy 1800 teddy bears for the kids. With just 7 weeks left, I have a long way to go to top that success but I believe with your help, we can do it. Any other promotion or publicity you can help with is always appreciated.

Thanks,

Jason

Note: I reserve the right to refuse an exchange with inappropriate websites or blogs. This is G-rated so thanks for your understanding.

April 01st, 2010 | Author:


When the founder of Dekoposh invited me to speak at a charity concert to support Champions Against Bullying, I was pretty excited. Then I found out it was in Hollywood and since I have never been there, I had no idea what to expect.


The big day was March 25.  I got out of school at lunch just to make sure we had time to get to Hollywood with freeway traffic.  We got there early and pulled into this deep underground parking structure. The entrance/toll booths looked like Disneyland’s Autopia ride with curbs between the lanes which winded down through the structure.  It was pretty cool. After driving down to the basement level 4, we found a parking spot and made our way back up to the surface over escalators, up stairs, and in elevators.  The parking was an adventure in itself.

If you’re wondering by now where all this took place, it was at Hollywood & Highland where there is a humongous mall over the parking structure which is right where the El Capitan Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the famous stars on the sidewalk are.  Since we had time, we walked down the street a ways, pretty much people watching.  And believe me, there were some interesting people to watch.  It was hard to miss about a dozen or so people dressed up in costumes from movies and TV shows.  It didn’t take too long to figure out their gimmick.  They would walk up to you and ask if you wanted to take your picture with them but most didn’t tell you ahead of time that they expected a tip in return.  (Click for Hollywood characters slide show)

When you add in all of the characters, tourists, street musicians, and cars, Hollywood is not at all like our lonely city of Temecula. Hollywood is loud, busy, and interesting.

The concert was held at a nightclub called Level 3 which just happened to be on level 3 of the mall.  After we checked in and got our wristbands, we had time to get some dinner at California Pizza Kitchen where we met up with Drew De Leon and her dad.  Drew is another biz kid we met through Twitter and is the founder of Aktive Wrap.

After dinner, we headed over to Level 3.  Obviously, it was my first time in a nightclub so I didn’t know what to expect. Two big bouncers were standing at the door and there were a lot of tweens, teens, and older people inside.  Loud background music was already playing and everyone was just walking around waiting for it to start.

Some of the performers throughout the night were Celeste KelloggAshlee KeatingDaechelle, and Austin Anderson. My dad bought 10 raffle tickets and amazingly we won about five times, including a Custom Snuggie, t-shirts, notebooks, and a pair of autographed jeans worn by Austin Anderson which I thought was really funny.  Of course, they’re not my size but I wasn’t planning on wearing them anyway. 🙂

Me on stage

After a few of the singers performed, they invited the speakers on stage to talk about their businesses, charity work, and their thoughts or experiences on bullying.  The audience was still in concert mode so I’m not sure how many were really listening as people spoke.  I must have talked loud enough to be heard though because the founder of Champions Against Bullying came up to me afterward and complimented me on my talk and also invited me to work with their organization and speak at future events.  That was pretty cool.

I was competing in a Math Olympics the next day so we had to leave before it was over since we’re about 2 hours away from Hollywood.  Overall, it was a very interesting experience – something I don’t get to see or do that often.

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you’ll know when I post the video of my talk on there. You can also watch other videos I have on there about Pencil Bugs and what I do to support Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA.

December 27th, 2009 | Author:

Now that my hospital bears project is complete, I wanted to write a wrap-up and post photos on my website.  I decided to write the conclusion in a fairy tale form.  Instead of posting the whole thing again on my blog, if you want to read it and look at the photos, click here.

Thanks again to everyone who supported me and helped make a lot of kids at Rady Children’s Hospital a little happier this Christmas when they received a fluffy teddy bear.

December 20th, 2009 | Author:

A few weeks ago my dad and I were looking through the ads in the Sunday newspaper trying to find something for my mom for Christmas.  We noticed this ad in the JC Penney flyer. I don’t think they were trying to sell any of the clothes on the page because the center square “Give Me What I Want” was what most people would notice right away.

The more I thought about that phrase, the more selfish it seemed. I know that stores are in business to make money, just like I am with my Pencil Bugs business, but at a time in our economy when things are hard for a lot of people, putting an ad out like this to make people think they have to have everything they want doesn’t seem quite right.

If people feel entitled to have everything they want, what’s left? It’s good to appreciate the things you have and if you buy what you need instead of everything you want, you’ll be ahead in the long run.

I guess big companies like Penneys don’t really think about the message they send in their ads or what it must feel like to the people who don’t have jobs to buy things for Christmas this year.

I know I’ve said things like “I want . . . ” but if I ever sound demanding, my parents make sure I don’t get what I want just to keep me in check.  Do I like when they do that?  No.  But when I can look back on the situation, I can see why they do what they do.  It’s a good way to learn the value of things, not overspend, or feel entitled.  I guess that’s why I’ve liked donating toys, etc. to kids in the hospital. I know they appreciate it and it makes me feel good.

Maybe the Penneys ad should have read, “Give to Someone in Need” and get rid of the “Me, Me, Me” idea.