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  • Writer's pictureCynthia Brian

Gratitude and Giving

Season of Gratitude & Giving

MIRACLE MOMENT® “Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.” Native American saying A MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CYNTHIA BRIAN As we begin celebrations for our second Thanksgiving and holiday festivities during a pandemic, are you experiencing seasonal sadness or gracious gratitude? There is no doubt that the past 20 months have been challenging, isolating, and frightening. Yet, no matter what transpires, things could always be worse. My attitude is to always focus on the positive and express appreciation for what I have as opposed to what I have not. Be the Star You Are!® has spent 23 years supporting those in need and our volunteers continue to give back.Next Tuesday, November 30th is Giving Tuesday, an international day of supporting the non profits that help benefit people and the planet. #Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 to counteract the spending of Black Friday and Cyber Monday with philanthropic giving to charities in need of support. It started in the U.S. and has quickly made its way across more than 70 countries. You’ll likely see the day branded as “#GivingTuesday” to emphasize the collaborative power of social media to spread the word. As we move forward into a new year that will continue to reflect the impact of COVID-19, we hope that you will donate to Be the Star You Are!® so that we can continue our outreach programs the support and empower others. DONATE via PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA at or through our GiveButter Campaign: If you shop on Amazon to buy your holiday gifts, another way to make a difference is to use Amazon Smile and designate Be the Star You Are!® as your charity of choice. With this direct link, .5% of your purchases will benefit BTSYA and you get all the same discounts, shipping, etc. Use this link: On December 4th from 11 am -2pm, come celebrate the Christmas Season with Be the Star You Are!® at Santa Day at 5 A. We give our gratitude to Mark Hoogs Team at State Farm Insurance ( for sponsoring Be the Star You Are!® More info at I want to personally thank all of our volunteers and supporters for being part of our Be the Star You Are!® family. Everyone counts. Everyone is appreciated. Whatever you do this week, may you have a joyous and healthy Thanksgiving and know that unseen blessings are on their way. Express gratitude and give when possible. With sincerest thanks, Cynthia Brian Founder/Executive Director Be the Star You Are!® PO Box 376 Moraga, California 94556 DONATE: Give Butter Campaign: Givebutter THANKS FOR YOUR KINDNESS Today is a good time to thank you for all the kindness you have shown to people everywhere. We never know the impact of our little "thanks" when someone just needs one uplifting word. May gratitude be always on your lips and in your heart. Karen Kitchel is the Kindness Coordinator for Be the Star You Are!® SANTA DAY at 5 A It’s a FREE day of family fun with our BTSYA volunteers helping kids write letters to Santa. Join us on Saturday, December 4th from 11am-2pm. Everyone enjoys hot cocoa, snacks, treats, and a photo with Jolly St. Nick and his elf. Location is 5A Rent-A-Space at 455 Moraga Dr Suite F. Thanks to Mark Hoogs Team at State Farm Insurance ( for sponsoring Be the Star You Are!® More info at LISTEN TO THANKSGIVING BROADCASTS https://www.starstyleradio.comTo get you in the holiday mood, tune in to our two radio shows for a big helping of pumpkin pie and all the Thanksgiving trimmings. What are we thankful for? YOU! StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!: Thanksgiving Gratitude: Express Yourself!™ Teen Radio: Coast to Coast Thanksgiving: HOLIDAYS ARE HERE-BOOKS ARE GIFTS THAT GIVE! In honor of our 20th anniversary since being on the first New York Times best seller list, first edition, autographed books are discounted in a special sale with proceeds benefitting Be the Star You Are!® You will also receive extra goodies and FREE music CD with your purchase when you buy from the website. Stock up now! You can add as many different content blocks to customize your email. Drag and drop content blocks from the menu on the left. SHOP and GIVE! We have suggestions for you to shop, save, and stay safe. Please use these web sites for all of your shopping essentials. 1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases 2. Discounted books at Amazon: 3. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash at 3500+ popular online stores : 4. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: 5. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” black tanks and books at StarStyle® Store: 6. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle. `DIRECT LINKSPositive Results: About Us: Programs: How to Help: Blog: Events: Contact us: THANKSGIVING IS A SPECIAL DAY OF GRATITUDE. Savor the blessings. Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity, PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca.


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