good news is
that we have more than
enough dollars to support
The bad news is,
it’s still in your pockets.”
ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS...
No one likes to think
about taxes, especially during the holidays. But time is running out
for you to take action to reduce your 2005 tax bill. You have until
December 31st to make your charitable donations. And what better way
to feel good about yourself and embrace the holiday cheer by making a
tax deductible donation to help others have a merry and bright 2006.
Be the Star You Are! volunteers have ramped their hours this
year supplying books and resources to numerous charities across the
country, including sending over $27,000 worth of goods to the Gulf
Coast through OPERATION HURRICANE RELIEF.
a recap of the major accomplishments of Be the Star You Are! since its
founding in 1999:
individuals and families served
*36 organizations have
*87,900 volunteer hours
have been logged
million in resources have been distributed
*275 new radio programs
produced and broadcast with syndication to numerous markets
*50 plus book reviews
written by our STAR TEEN BOOK REVIEWERS
*1248 books read for
the Star You Are! is small, yet mighty, and we are definitely making a
major difference in empowering women, families, and youth with
improved literacy and positive media choices.
BE THE STAR YOU ARE®! is
a library of books and other media
donated to youth at risk to raise their
skills and self esteem to improve their
daily lives. This
media ranges from
education and advisement to inspiration
and guidance which covers every
aspect of life from abuse through
BE THE STAR YOU
has no religious or political agendas
or affiliations as it caters to the literate
and illiterate by providing audio tapes
and videos as well as books to give
these kids a head start in their lives
so they can beat the odds.
We have started
a link swap to drive more traffic to everyone's site. The link
swap is FREE and it's a SWAP meaning we’ll list your site if
you’ll list ours.
If you are
interested in swapping links, please send a request with LINK
SWAP in the SUBJECT line to email@example.com with a
short one line and your URL
address that is in the format below :
the Star You Are! charity, a 501 (c)(3) empowering families
and youth at risk through literacy and positive media- www.bethestaryouare.org
do not send banners or graphics.
This is a FREE link swap.
will be evaluated and a return email will be sent
acknowledging the swap.
You must participate in a SWAP, so no one way streets.
Let's create abundance for us all. This can help
everyone as we are all different, unique, and a resource with
gifts to share with the world.
Be the Star You Are!™ Charity
the Star You Are!™ distributes books at no cost to families
and youth at risk and also hosts the national radio show
featuring authors and books to improve lives. To live and
prosper in this society, we must be lifelong learners, with
access to knowledge to sustain our lives at work, at home, and
in our communities. To be a leader, you must be a reader.
Education funds have been cut across the country which
means our children are getting less assistance.
Be the Star You Are! makes an ongoing difference. We
need and appreciate your financial assistance to support our
The cost of illiteracy to
businesses and to YOU the tax payer, is $20 billion per year.
You can help increase literacy by sending a tax deductible
contribution to Be the Star You Are! charity.
We make it easy for you to make a donation.
Go to our web site and pay on PAYPAL using a credit
card. Or buy our
signature book, Be the Star You Are!™ where the proceeds
benefit literacy programs.
Or bid on any of our auction items at our web site.
Make a contribution today-it’s cheaper to help kids read now
than paying more taxes and building more prisons. Visit www.bethestaryouare.org.
or send your donation to PO Box 376 Moraga, Ca. 94556.
If you think education is
expensive, try ignorance.
Please donate today.
you from all the kids.
Thank you from the
volunteers at Be the Star You Are!™
Be the Star You Are!™
PO Box 376
Moraga, Ca. 94556
Brian is the Founder and President of
BE THE STAR YOU ARE!™
Please visit www.bethestaryouare.org
for biographical information. Be
the Star You Are!™
a 501(c)(3) non profit
THE RED NOSED REINDEER...
A Message from our Teen
Volunteer Director, Jennifer Tao
it's Jennifer again. December is an exciting month! Not only are we
preparing for Christmas distribution, we also launched our online
fundraising event. Any extra purchases would help! Please see
amazon.com or half.com under the screen name
"be_the_star_you_are". It is also wonderful that there are
four new Book Review Team members, all of whom are voracious readers
and splendid reviewers! Finally, the charity is still low on
shipping dollars. Any donation would help, as we have the books to
deliver to California, Minnesota, Arkansas, and Gulf Coast children
but cannot afford to send it to them. Please contribute to their
Christmas presents! Just
go to www.bethestaryouare.org
and use PAYPAL or any of our online shopping sites. Everything helps
us help kids. Thank you!
cold in Minnesota and Be the Star You Are ! has teamed up with
Cheerful Givers (www.cheerfulgivers.org)
to brighten the lives of families in need by providing toy-filled
birthday bags for children who are homeless or living in poverty. Karen Kitchell is the dynamic President. Listen to the story
of Cheerful Givers on the radio: http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=118
BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS...
YOU’s to our new Galaxy of
the Star You Are! has been busy with helping survivors of the
hurricanes with OPERATION HURRICANE RELIEF as well as continuing our
radio broadcast and distributions to our many other charitable
partners. We want to thank the following people and companies for
helping us help others.
Hirst (our ongoing friend and supporter with a huge heart)
(sponsor of our essay contest)
(sponsor of our essay contest)
(a super charity for kids we love supporting)
Eldredge-Team Buzz-Bumble Bee Productions, Inc.
Esbensen, Touch Technologies, Inc. www.ttinet.com
(our cyber supporter)
(our wonder woman web mistress)
(our newsletter genius)
to all of you who we know are about to contribute to Be the Star You
Are!, we offer our gratitude. We
can’t do what we do without your support!
THE HERALD ANGELS SING...
A RADIO INTERVIEW!
popular internationally syndicated radio program,
Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are! is brought to the airwaves
as an outreach program of the charity, Be the Star You Are!™ which
works to empower women, families, and youth-at-risk through literacy
and positive media, such as our radio show.
If you are interested in a 15-20 minute radio interview to
promote your books, seminars, services, or charitable organization
and willing to make a donation to cover broadcast time fees, please
for information on scheduling, and benefits.
You can listen to archived shows at http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=118..
on the air somewhere everyday!
Tune in for the fun and inspiration-we’ll have our bells
THE HALLS... (final chance for the tinsel!)
$100 AND A GUEST SPOT ON OUR RADIO SHOW!
Be the Star You Are!™
2005 2nd Annual
Berg Capital Management, San Diego, California
and US Bank, Lafayette,
to Be the Star You Are!™
You may choose from the three following topics.
One Grand prize will be awarded. Runners-up will have their
essays published in our newsletter, StarSearcher’s Express and
will be noted on our web site at www.bethestaryouare.org.
Write an essay or personal story on the influence that adults have
as role models for kids.
an essay or personal story as a tribute about great parents from the
children who were loved by them.
Write an essay or personal story on how we can see the positive in
world disasters and how we can help our children learn from them.
$10 donation per entry
Prize - $100 plus guest appearance on the nationally syndicated
radio program, Be the Star You Are!™ (Total value, $700)
Additionally, story will be published in our StarSearcher
Express newsletter and at www.bethestaryouare.org.
–Published in our StarSearcher’s Express newsletter and noted on
will be notified by email and telephone. Winning entries will be
published on the Be the Star You Are!™ web site (http://www.bethestaryouare.org)
and in the Star Searcher’s Express Newsletter.
Other publishing opportunities
and/or prizes to be announced. Radio interviews are
over-the-phone. Program broadcasts live and is archived from San
Diego, California every Wednesday from 6-7pm PST on World Talk
Radio, Visit: http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=118
to tune in.
submissions must be received by Be the Star You Are!™ by
midnight December 20, 2005. Essays accepted by mail or email.
may enter as many essays as you'd like, however each one must be in
a separate email or envelope accompanied by a $10 donation entry
Star You Are!™ is a 501 C3 charity. All entry fee donations are
tax deductible according to the law.
statistics must be documented with researched sources.
Count: please keep stories between 300-600 words.
address: – firstname.lastname@example.org
(no attachments, please - place your essay within the body of
mail – Be the Star You Are!™ charity, PO Box 376,
Moraga, Ca. USA 94556
submissions must be original, unpublished, and the sole property
of the author. Author
retains all rights to submission. Winners and runners-up entries
will be published on Be the Star You Are!™
web site effective January 9,
2006. Winners notified by that date. Winners will be listed in
the newsletter and on the web site. No additional mailings will
be considered. Payment accepted by check, money order , VISA,
MasterCard, or PAYPAL.
sent by US mail, all submissions must be double spaced, neat and
typed on 8.5 x 11 white bond paper. Handwritten submissions not
accepted. No stories or materials will be returned. Provide
contact information on first page of submission including:
more information, please visit: www.bethestaryouare.org
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NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT... WE ARE THE WORLD!
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MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, CHEERFUL KWANZAA, AND A
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