Take Off

Some of you know by now and to others this may be  a surprised but… I’m back in Haiti. I’ve made the quick decision to come back and have upset many people in the process. I apologize to all the people I have hurt by doing this, you hurt/ pain is what made this quick decision so tough to make.

I want to thank everyone who came together to raise the money to get me back to Haiti so quickly and thank you for the support!

I’ve begun to write a book about my life starting from a few years back. I’ve been writing close to 1000+ words a day and hope to have a decent sized book at least 30-40,000 words. I will be looking for a publisher at some point but will also be looking to publish on Kindle to make it more accessible and affordable. Thank you everyone who has complimented me on my blog writing; if I hadn’t received so many compliments on my blogs I don’t think I would have ever been motivated to write this book. It’s pretty much going to be a tell all of my life the insides and out. I will be exposing some of my craziest adventures and secrets and feel it will be a great ride for not only myself reliving them myself but to share it with others.

I finally got rid of the caveman/ Castaway beard… let the kids cut it for me… I have a hard time recognizing myself in the mirror!

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I’m still adjusting back to Haitian life but the good news is my stomach isn’t upset anymore… I think I’m just so used to the food here. I miss so many people and wish I could have shoved them in my suitcase or be on Skype with them every night. Unfortunately I don’t have internet all the time as I don’t have the funds to pay for it.

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Because I took off so quickly I wasn’t able to do any fundraising to help cover any costs. Once again I expect nothing from anyone as it was my choice to leave so quickly. If anyone would be interested in sponsoring me while I’m here or donating any amounts of money to aid my journey and time here I would be for ever grateful.  If you would like to contact me about making a donation or sponsorship you can email me at justinparkinson@hotmail.com or click the Donate button on the side menu. As always I can take donations for the Orphanage just leave a note as to where you’d like it to be used or I can forward you to Emily.

I love and miss so many people; hope everyone had a great Valentines day!

Choices you make have consequences whether good or bad you must always face them.

Haiti .

Haiti will build you up, tear you down; it will make you smile and feel things you never knew possible, and if you’re lucky Haiti will steal your heart.

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As most people know I’ve been having a hard time transitioning back into “normal” life, what ever that’s supposed to be? It was inevitable that I was going to return and a lot of people could see it in my eyes.

The first time I started to fundraise it took me close to 6 months to raise all the money I was aiming for… so I’ve decided what better time to start raising funds then the present! This time around I’ve set a rather sizeable goal of $5000. Once again this price will include the cost of my flight roughly $300-$400.

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Why have I decided to set such a large goal? Well when I was helping in Haiti I noticed the struggles we faced sometimes, a lot of it had to do with transportation and thus costing a large amount of money. The money being raise will help go towards Emily’s Vehicle Fund. During my fundraising to return to Haiti I will be forwarding some of the money to Em as it’s needed but still putting away so that I can travel and have my costs covered. Once the goal is reach I will be departing and possibly sooner.

I want to thank everyone who’s offered me a warm welcome back home especially it being absolutely freezing out! It’s nice to have people who care for you around especially when you’re going through a rough time. It’s funny because in Haiti every day, and I mean every day something goes wrong but you continue forward and you deal with it, it’s not much of a surprise. While at home when issue’s come up I find my self getting extremely stressed… it’s strange when I have anything and everything I could need/ want I stress when I’m in Haiti and have but a set of clothes for each day of the week and the smiles of the children I’m pretty much stress free.

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I’d done a little bit of updating to the site, there’s a new thermometer on the side bar <————————-

as well the donation button is back to the secure Just’in Hime For Help Paypal account. As always I will accept donations in person and the money as before will be put into a separate Credit Union account.

Oh let’s make things interesting how about once I hit $100 I shave my Cast Away beard :). I’ll even post a video of me doing it! I’m already brainstorming idea’s for new fundraising so keep checking in, and feel free to comment suggestions.

Daily Routine

Daily Routine

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I’ve adjusted well to Haiti at least I think so. Things seem to have become routine, whether it’s a new problem appearing each day that Emily and I are trying to figure out, dealing with crying babies or laughing hysterically at something one of the kids did.

To date I don’t really have anything to complain about, it’s been a blast so far. The kids sometimes do get under your skin but then 5 minutes later they are doing something ridiculous.

There’s been a lot of progress since I’ve been here. Emily and I and Val have gone over some more rules and are making nice signs for the kids/ staff. I’ve been working on one of the gardens which are filled with rocks and I mean FILLED.

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I spent the past 2 days trying to clear our one of them, at least a section of one at the very least. I think the one part is ready for stuff to be planted… Hopefully something grows. During the whole process of making the garden plant-able I attempted to make a rake… I worked! For like 5 minutes then broke. It was a valiant effort I must say I’m still proud of how I made it with nothing but what was in the yard.

Emily and I have been talking about some things that we can do/ build and save us money; there’s a chicken that roams around our yard, I’ve been telling her it’s got to be laying eggs somewhere where, it has to… right? Well the other day we found a corner where it was laying those eggs. Em and I have talked about making a chicken coop and letting the eggs hatch so we can have lots and lots of chickens. If our plan works as we hope we’ll have free eggs and sometimes chicken to eatJ.

We’ve started to clear out the front yard garden area’s and plan on clearing the back yard which looks like a jungle, and a war zone of garbage… well the garbage isn’t that bad, but still needs some cleaning. We’re… Emily rather is expecting a bunch of volounteers in the next coming weeks and we plan on using them to help clear the yard and make her pretty.

Our electricity has still been troublesome but it’s supposed to be fixed soon. Luckily we have a generator so that we can run the water so we can cook and take showers… cold ones. I have to say I’m still adjusting to the cold showers but hey what ever gets you clean… plus it saves water because I’m in and out in 5 minutes. In Haiti saving water is actually important, if you don’t save it than you run out.

The other day Emily and I discovered some plantains and other fruits in the backyard that we’re not sure what they are; so despite all the hardships and non-sense the shows up every day there are some great things that happen too. With the plantains in the back yard and the garden ready for planting fruits/ vegetables there should be some good money saved (if things grow).

The little girls we picked up Jodline and Jodnice (1yr 2m) are starting to laugh and be lively. When we first picked them up they were pretty lethargic and didn’t like each other much, we’re assuming because they probably had to fight each other for food.  The girls are now laughing and even talking… as much as they can talk for being one. The girls seem to play with each other and are probably the best babies I’ve ever seen. When the girls cry the stop about 15 seconds later, they also love to roam around. They can walk but have to hold onto something.

Today (Dec 5) the kids from the tent city came over to play with our kids.  It’s a lot of fun when they come but things can get kind of crazy. After a while the kids can get to be a handful and things usually start to get out of control at the end of the night so we usually end up sending the kids home.

Today Emily and I sat out on the balcony to eat our dinner because there was no power in the house. Later Emily went to figure out how to turn on the generator since Val the one who usually does it was gone to school. Good news we got it figured it out and I was able to charge my computer and finish my blog for you!

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Sorry about the delay in posts, things here are very relaxed well to an extent but also our daily routine isn’t very exciting I’ve just become accustomed to it. I have to keep remembering it’s not the norm for most people and is rather intriguing to others.

I want to thank everyone for the support to-date with donations or even just the likes on Facebook or views on my blog page.

So far I love it here and definitely see myself coming back in the future. A big thanks to Emily for making me feel welcome and not making me work TOO hard. Although she does make me give her a massage at least once a week :P.

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Emily has started an Indiegogo champagne to raise money for a vehicle. Please check out the site and donate if you can, there’s even perks for how much you donate!

http://www.indiegogo.com/kekontan

**UPDATE** Oh one last thing a friend of Emily has posted a request on Ellen Degeneres’ page requesting assistance, if you guys could click LIKE that would be great.

CLICK & LIKE!

“Play hard or work hard, you’ll be tired either way; the rewards are usually the same”

~Justin Parkinson

Goodbye’s Begin

There’s only 7 days in my way before I leave for Haiti and I have to say I’m very excited. I’m starting to say my goodbye’s especially because today is my last day at work.

A lot of questions are being thrown at me and the one that I find comes up the most is are you afraid? Honestly I’m not, like anything else I go day by day and experience life as it comes because you don’t know which one will be your last; I’m in God’s hands. I like to tell myself that you can’t let fear get in the way of doing things that will make you happy. If there’s one thing I would pass on from my personal experiences pertaining to the question “How are you not afraid?”  is that: you should be happy with the things you’ve done to date, even if in the past you’ve done things that you’re not proud of, it’s probably affected you to become who you are to day and who you will be in the future.

“Where you’re at and who you are today is not who you are now, it’s the person you were in the past.”

Last night 11/19/2012 I went to the “Christmas in Haiti” dinner at Blazin BBQ. I have to say it was delicious and rather satisfying. I guess the turn out was fantastic, around 60 people showed up. Nikki (one of the girls who put on the event) believes that everyone showed up that purchased a ticket which means: presents for the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan!

I’ve done some other updates on my Facebook page about the wristbands that were ordered, I was selling them at $3 each and they were gone in an instant. Here’s the “unveiling” video I recorded.

Emily’s mum will be ordering more bracelets in bulk… actually she already ordered them which is great! If you’re interested in purchasing one or a few, you can shoot me an email or leave a comment.

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

I also recorded another video of me taking one of my prescriptions to assist with adjusting to the food in Haiti as well prevent Cholera.

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I don’t think I will be posting another blog until next Tuesday when I’m Stuck at the airport waiting… Well you never know I may have a surprise post with all the details on how packing is coming… which I have yet to start. I have a good amount of stuff that was donated and I need to cram into 2 bags. I don’t have much to pack for myself a couple of shirts and shorts and some hygiene stuffz.

Like I said the days are counting down and I’m getting super excited and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you on here keep checking the blog and subscribe!

See you soon Em!

The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.

~Alan Watts

Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.

~Henry Ford

Christmas In Haiti

Hey everyone a little more than 20 days before I leave for Haiti I’m so excited!

There’s not too much to report but I’ve had some awesome support to date. I’m still around $400 short towards my goal but I’m still leaving Nov 27th regardless. I am gathering supplies  for the orphanage for when I leave such as:

  • Sheets
  • Cloths
  • Batteries (AA, AAA)
  • Anything else people have to offer

If you’re interested in contributing or even donating money let me know, I’d be happy to come pick up some stuff as long as you’re not too far away. Contact info as usual:

– Cell: 226.345.2951 (Leave a message if needed)
– Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

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Success!

The charity dinner on Thursday night 10/11/12 was a great success, we brought in approximately 110-130 people and raised a ton of money!

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If you’re interested in Hime for Help T-shirts e-mail me at Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

There was a huge surprise for everyone even me! Emily Hime and I had planned a Skype interview and she had message me that she would be running a bit late because she had to feed the kids and had run into traffic. I made an announcement that we would be doing the Skype session and that we were a bit delayed… Elvis, Julia Monk’s dad made an announcement following me that she was “delayed by a plane and here she is!” the door opened and in walked Emily (apparently this had been planned for weeks!). The sheer shock I was in was unreal along with the crowds; well actually I don’t know completely how the crowd reacted because I was in shock Emily had flown in from Haiti to surprise everyone. Emily’s mom rushed up the front in tears of joy getting to see Em. I’m not going to lie I was tearing up myself, it was completely unexpected.

Emily Hime with Heather (Em’s mom)

The night continued on with amazing music from Elvis and his band as well a lot of happy people winning raffles, we had over 25 raffle items it was great. After Elvis we pulled the 50/50 and the surprises continued, the money that was won went straight to Emily yay!

There wasn’t a lot of speeches now that I think of it but I said a few words as well shared some words that Sarah Griffith wished to be passed on to everyone. Emily came up and gave a bit of an update as well which really fulfilled the night.

Two of Rocketships members Bev and Taylor played acoustic and it was amazing! They were giving out their demo’s and people were eating them up… the future looks bright for them; keep it up guys!

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The night continued to be great the guests were having a great time and really enjoyed the music. Emerald Seas played pretty late which koodo’s to them for helping out and sounding fantastic they were great to talk to and work with.

All together Julia and I were very pleased with the night and had a blast setting it up despite the stress when we got there and we were 8 tables short and we still had to add an extra. Another stress incident we ran into was we were waiting for a projector that didn’t seem to be coming but that finally came through at the last-minute… well the last 45 minutes still made us a little crazy.  There’s so many people to thank but the one person I really want to mention is Julia Monk she’s done so much from doing an 8 Hour painting, filming everything possible and just being there as a friend she deserves a lot of credit. Oh yeah and put together the centre pieces I didn’t explain to her before I took off to take care of some other things all while people showed up 45 minutes early SORRY! Another person I want to thank is my mom because of course she helps when I ask and even when I don’t and she’s been pretty supportive despite how crazy it sounds to throw together a charity dinner in… 2 months thanks mom. There are so many more people you know who you are whether you had a major or minor role every little bit helped so THANKS!

So far I’ve raised since the month of May approx $3700. That is not factoring in what I have to pay for the event and the consignment fee’s for the Silent auctions. After a rough calculation we are looking at around $1700 profit and there is still some money to be counted from donation containers!

Future plans to raise money are still up in the air possibly a band night at a venue downtown Windsor. I still want to raise another $800 so fingers crossed; the more money I raise the more I can assist Emily and the Kids at Maison Ke Kontan.

To Donate there’s a donation button on the left sidebar of my blog, as well you can visit www.HimeforHelp.org and there’s a donation button at the top.

Thanks for all the donations to date if you’d like to sponsor a child which is really needed, sending the kids to school is very costly. You can sponsor a kid for only $30 a month depending on the month that’s less than a dollar a day!

“Don’t celebrate success alone, share it with others and they’ll show you the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Counting Down

Times ticking, the Charity dinner is closing in. There’s about a week and half left and I’m getting nervous. I’m sure the event is going to turn out great but throwing all of this together in just under 2 months was a bit challenging but I’ve have a lot of great help.

The silent auction items came in the other day and they look amazing! Hopefully they go to a nice home.

The other day Emily Hime shared a video from her two volounteer’s who assisted her recently. I really found this video moving and it really shows the reality of things. The kids looked like they were having a blast and don’t have nearly as much as we do here.

Most recently I did some more math to figure out when I’d have enough money in my savings from my paycheck’s to cover all my at home bills. The dates I came up with were between November 9th and 23rd. The dates aren’t set in stone but I’m looking towards the week of November 25th. Finger’s crossed all goes well I’ll be there sooner than later :).

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Dinner Oct. 11th only $25 at the Caboto Club in Windsor, you get dinner with lot’s of entertainment! Elvis Tribute & friends, Rocketships and Emerald Seas. There is also going to be a lot of awesome raffles. You can contact me by phone or email. 

Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

226.345.2951

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

~Saint Francis of Assisi

Windsor Star!

Awesome news and thanks to Julia we got some publicity in the local news paper (Windsor Star) the online article was awesome! Unfortunately they spelled  some things wrong on the actually news paper copy and shortened the article a rather large amount, but all publicity is good! Here’s the article from online.

 

Local Man Headed To Haiti To Build Orphanage

A fund raising dinner will be held to help a Windsor man travel to Haiti to help construct an orphanage for a Chatham-based charitable organization operating in the Caribbean nation.

Julia Monk, an area film maker and supporter of the Hime For Help organization, established by Chatham native Emily Hime, said that a dinner will be held at the Caboto Club in Windsor on Thursday, Oct. 11, to help Justin Parkinson raise the funds to travel to Haiti and work on the construction of the Caleb House orphanage in Lanzac, Haiti.

Monk said she is making a documentary about the journey and the work of the charity. The orphanage was founded by Hime this past year and now houses 10 children, said Monk.  She said the goal is to expand the facility. Tickets for the pasta dinner, complete with entertainment, are $25. Those interested are asked to visit the group’s  Facebook charity fundraiser page at facebook.com/justinhime4help.

Monk said Parkinson, a recent graduate of Fanshawe College and the Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Michigan , plans to remain in Haiti and continue working on the project.

Thank you Julia for the on-going assistance!

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” 
― Harry S. Truman

Slow N’ Steady

It’s a been quite a while since I’ve made a post, I thought I’d just give every one an update :). Things are slow right now but steady which is not a bad thing, I have a confirmed 30 people so far with just under 4 weeks to go. The other day I picked up some more materials for the center pieces, it’s coming together. I’ve also decided instead of charging the cost of the centre pieces, people make a donation for them that way there is no real obligation on price; I want every one to have a great night and have awareness raised.

The other day I had a radio interview on AM800 for the dinner which I was really excited for… but when I listened over it afterwards I was a little disappointed on how I explained everything; not everything can be perfect right!

In more recent news, unfortunately Shortcut to Last will be unable to perform at the dinner but I have some good leads on a second half performance not need to worry I’m on top of it! And fear not the Elvis tribute band is still on the agenda.

I’ve written out some donation request letters to bring out to stores to see if maybe we can get some raffle items, fingers crossed on getting some great stuff; I want to have a large selection for everyone to choose out of.

So that was my quick update hope is wasn’t too short for you :).

Since this one was short post here’s two quotes.

 

No one knows what he can do until he tries. 
~Publilius Syrus

The closer you attempt to be perfect the more imperfections you’ll find; just do the best that you can and enjoy what you do.
~Justin Parkinson

 

Interviewing Interest

It’s been a few days since I’ve had anything to report but I do have good news (BUT first don’t forget to book off October 11th for the Charity Dinner), there has been some interest in advertising my poster for the dinner. www.simplyentertainment.ca has posted it on their site which is fantastic! If you want to check it out  head to their site and click on Local Event on the right hand side.

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During another filming session for the documentary I stopped by Ten Thousand Villages to follow-up with their offer to hang my poster for the dinner and they were more than happy when I go there as well they are trying to get me in contact with some other people in Windsor who are involved with helping Haiti.

Interviews as the titles states are on the recent to do list for the documentary so it should be an exciting next couple of weeks getting these done up. Julia Monk will be doing my pre-fundraiser interview tomorrow (Labour day Monday) that’s the plan, we are hoping to get it on YouTube ASAP so you can share it with friends and family. There will be a post dinner interview but that will probably be on the documentary so keep and eye out on Julia’s Facebook page.

I know every one is so intrigued and waiting to see the finished painting unfortunately we have been have some difficulties getting it online and working to get it up as soon as possible so just hold on a little bit longer it’s coming!

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
~Napoleon Hill

Help Is Coming

First off let me start by saying how excited I am for all the progress that has been made! I named today’s post “Help Is Coming” because I can feel how close I am getting to be able to travel to Haiti and help out Emily and Montanna.

I have to say that during this project of fundraising and especially during putting this Charity Dinner together I have found connections I never knew I had. A big shout out I need to give is to Julia Monk who is such a phenomenal best friend and has been there for me every step that I’ve needed her.

In other news I have designed a poster for the Dinner! I’m planning on getting them out ASAP to get more publicity, I also want to mention “Eyes On Windsor” thank you for your interest in helping me out.

My hopes are that I can fill the room (150 people) and then have to request a bigger room before the event, so everyone get out there and sell some tickets, tell friends, family, and even strangers!

 

Another quick shout out I have yet to post how I have been feeling about any struggles that I face putting all this together and successes, once I get to Haiti I promise to be thorough and “Deep”  with emotion for every one :); I digress. I want to thank Lauren Cropper, I’ve been following her blog and she has such motivational and reassuring/reminding blog posts. I recently purchased her book “Self-Worth: The tie that binds” The book is fantastic, keeps me going stronger than before and has definitely taught me some things I have needed and may need during my journey to Haiti and while I’m there. THANKS LAUREN! check out her blog www.BetweenFearandLove.com

For todays quote I’m going to be para-phrasing from Lauren’s book.

“…I noticed there tended to be a lot of confusion over different definitions of personal constructs, particularly self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth… it makes sense that there would be authors who used them interchangeably. However, I believe the three are uniquely different, and distinguishing between them is important.”

~Lauren Cropper; Self-Worth:the tie that binds

I find this passage in her book one of the most important. If you can figure out the difference between them all and the role they play in your life you can learn to be a better person, not just for other people but for yourself.

“Open your mind to the world; learn how to change YOURSELF and you can change the world”

~Justin Parkinson

Coming Along

Today seemed to be a pretty good day for progress! I woke up this morning a little tired still recuperating from from the night/ morning I was helping Julia Monk film her painting, which will be released about 2 weeks before the charity dinner. If you haven’t seen the Teaser video I’ll be linking it.

Continuing with my progress; I finally pulled my self out of bed and got to the Caboto club and gave my deposit for the room to officially reserve it, then headed off to get my tickets printed. After a long day of work I was able to meet up with Julia and start some more filming for the documentary. I picked up the tickets and they turned out way better than I could have wished for. We went back to Julia’s to cut out some of the tickets I got about 25-40 done so far… it’s a very long process and got more footage. These tickets are definitely something that you will want to keep, they are very nice.

I managed to get to Ten Thousand Villages today and spoke to the owner of the store and she was super generous and donated a gift card for $25 and a sculpture from a Haitian artisan; what a great package! If you’re interested in how Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans and Fair Trade check out their website.

Get your tickets! $25

Some more great news Emily was picked to write a little article for She Loves Magazine, which I nominated her for because she’s such an inspiration to so many people especially me!

Thank you everyone for the support!

Keep and eye for Julia’s “In The Making” video’s

Links:

Painting Teaser Video

Ten Thousand Villages

She Loves Magazine

Julia Monk

 

A picture is worth a thousand words; a memory is worth a million.

~Justin Parkinson

Recording For Life

Some fun news and potentially more stuff you can buy to help support “Hime For Help“! My friend Julia Monk has decided to create a documentary on my Haiti fundraising. Julia is an amazing producer and has also been helping me with a few projects to get my fundraiser off the ground. We are currently discussing  having a public release in Windsor and also creating DVD’s for purchase. This is something you want to keep an eye out for. Thanks Julia!

As usual feeling generous here’s 2 quotes

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
~ John Holmes

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. 
~ Steve Maraboli

Charity Date Set!

Great news!

It’s official the date is booked for the “Just’in Hime For Help” Charity Pasta Dinner at the Giovanni Caboto Club. Mark Thursday Oct. 11th on your calenders!

Start saving your pennies! There will be a Silent Auction with a few high end items, full Pasta Dinner, 50/50 draw and more!

The fundraiser is still in development but get your tickets now before they are gone. The bands that may be playing/ performing are still TBA (To be announced) I will be posting it on the “Just’in Hime For Help” Facebook page, I will also be creating a Side tab on my blog for more information as well. I hope to see all the seats filled I can’t wait to see you all there!

Tickets are $25, if you want anymore information or would like to purchase some tickets let me know.

 

Hime For Help T-shirts are also being sold as of immediately for $10 and should be available for purchase at the Charity dinner. all proceeds will go Hime For Help, message me your size.

Hime For Help T-shirt $10

 

 

Mobile: 226.345.2951

Email: Justinparkinson@hotmail.com

 

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” 

– Bill Copeland