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Grace and Gratitude at Thanksgiving

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”     --  Cicero

MESSAGE FROM CYNTHIA BRIAN, Founder/Executive Director

Every morning I start my day with a meditation of gratitude. Rain or shine, I sit in my garden to contemplate the abundance, beauty, and nature that surrounds. I am so grateful for my health, family, friends, home, work, and Be the Star You Are!® charity. With a grateful heart, it is easier to tackle the challenges of daily living.

It is with deep appreciation that I write this newsletter to thank YOU, our volunteers and supporters, for caring and sharing.  As a small grassroots all-volunteer charity, Be the Star You Are!® could not exist without your contributions of time, talent, and money. 

As the holidays approach with the normal shopping frenzy, take advantage of the upcoming discounts of Black Friday on November 29 and Cyber Monday on December 2. BTSYA participates in many giving programs and these two are ones that are easy to use when you purchase on-line,

.Use Amazon Smile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882 . Amazon donates .5% to Be The Star You Are, Inc.. It’s a small amount, but every penny helps those in need. 

Giving Assistant offers you major discounts, coupons, and donates a percentage to Be the Star You Are!® from over 3500 of your favorite stores. go to https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc, click on SUPPORT THIS NON-PROFIT. You can allocate 100% of the donation to BTSYA or you can get cash-back for yourself. 
Shop anytime!  

Of course, we would love for you to make a Thanksgiving or end of year donation. Reduce your taxes to Uncle Sam, Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Or send a check to BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556. Give to this favorite 501(c)(3) and receive a deduction on your 2019 taxes if you itemize. 

“Kindness in giving creates love” – Lao Tzu

Our StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio broadcast for Thanksgiving offers insights on gratitude in the garden as well as ways to survive and enjoy the holidays. Tune in Wednesday, November 27th or thereafter at https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/118919/garden-gratitude-reflexology-results-holidays-with-relatives

For Grace and Gratitude, read:  https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1320/Digging-Deep-with-Cynthia-Brian-Grace-and-gratitude-in-the-dirt.html

Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving with loved ones.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




DONATE: https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504


Be the Star You Are!® Receives Congratulations from California Legislature

Recently, BTSYA received a lovely letter and Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature congratulating Be the Star You Are!® on 20 years of service to the community. What an unexpected honor for which we are grateful to Assemblymember, Rebecca Bauer-Kahan. We share this commendation with all of our dedicated volunteers and supporters. With your assistance, Be the Star You Are!® continues its imperative mission to empower women, families, and youth through increased literacy, positive media messages, and tools for living. READ a Salute to BTSYA:https://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1320/Be-the-Star-You-Are-charity-honored-by-California-legislature.html


GivingTuesday​ started as a day for anyone, anywhere to give, and it's grown into the biggest giving movement in the world. Celebrated each year on the Tuesday following U.S. Thanksgiving, and fueled by the power of social media, GivingTuesday inspires millions of people across the globe to show up and give back to causes and issues that matter to them. The goal is to create a massive wave of generosity that lasts well beyond that day, and touches every person on the planet. GivingTuesday takes place on December 3, 2019, this year. https://www.givingtuesday.org/organizations#block--the-complete-toolkit

Create a fundraiser and ask your employer to match donations. Be the Star You Are!® will use your contributions for our ongoing outreach programs, disaster relief (https://www.bethestaryouare.org/copy-of-hurricane-fire-disaster-rel), and positive message radio broadcasts. 

Our goal is to receive $5000.00 in donations before the end of 2019. WILL YOU HELO US REACH THAT GOAL, PLEASE? Donations can be made to Be the Star You Are! via PAYPAL GIVING FUND with no fees. https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504. You will receive an instant tax receipt. Or you can also send a check and receive your tax receipt: BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556.

Then, continue being generous and doing good all year round.

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ”

Mother Teresa


For holiday giving you can’t wrong with giving the gift of a brand new book. It is even more special if the book is autographed. You can buy autographed books, T-shirts, and CDs at our StarStyle® Store where the proceeds benefit the charity as a donation from you. Visit http://starstylestore.net. Author, Cynthia Brian, will autograph books. If you want to buy more than 10 books, please email cynthia@BetheStarYouAre.org to receive discount pricing and reduced shipping.

Read book reviews of numerous books by many authors at our partner, The Reading Tub and at http://www.btsya.com/book_reviews.html . Find discounted books at Be the Star You are!® Amazon Store: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity


Mark your calendars for a jolly journey to the north pole on December 14th.  Be the Star You Are!® volunteers once again collaborate with 5 A Rent a Space in Moraga to bring Santa and his elves to the neighborhood. Kids can write a letter to Mr. Claus, get a FREE photo sitting on his lap, get creative with festive art projects, and enjoy hot chocolate and special treats. Holiday cards and books will be available for sale as a donation to BTSYA. The event is FREE for the entire family. 11am-3pm. Come enjoy holiday cheer with all of us.

https://www.bethestaryouare.org/events Get your jingle on!


Other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a penny!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882

2. Discounted books at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/be_the_star_you_are_charity

3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:https://givingassistant.org/np#be-the-star-you-are-inc

& buy from your favorite stores. 

4. Search and Shop: Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!http://www.goodsearch.com/goodto-go/be-the-star-you-are

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA

6. BTSYA Logo Storehttp://btsya.rylees.net

7. Buy or Sell on EBAY:http://givingworks.ebay.com/charity-auctions/charity/be-the-star-you-are-501-c-3/1504/?favorite=link

8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell: https://www.unionandfifth.com/charities/be-the-star-you-are-moraga-ca/shop

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store: https://www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. http://ow.ly/cYs130iN6n4

We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556


Direct Links you can use for Be the Star You Are!®

Positive Results: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/positive-results

About Us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/about_us

Programs: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/programs

How to Help: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/how-to-help

Blog: https://www.bethestaryouare.org/blog-1

Events: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/events

Contact us: http://www.bethestaryouare.org/contact

GREAT NON PROFITS REVIEWS: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/be-the-star-you-are-inc/

GUIDESTAR: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/94-3333882

We invite you to volunteer, get involved, or make a donation. Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:  https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1504

Classified Ads:

If you’d like to advertise your service or product while supporting Be the Star You Are!®, we are now accepting approved ads that will benefit readers. Contact info@BetheStarYouAre.org for details. 

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving with our Gratitude.

Be the Star You Are!®

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556




All donations are 100% Tax Deductible according to law. Thank you!