Buy Once, Give Thrice

Seedleaf logo - whiteUPDATE: a family has offered to match our match to a maximum of $600. So together we can potentially turn $300 in book sales into $2400!

A couple of years ago I had a rare moment of creative clarity and came up with an idea to support some friends of ours who are part of the Word Made Flesh family, and who work with women trying to leave the sex industry in Bolivia. Rebecca and I invited people to buy copies of my first book from us as Christmas presents for family and friends, which I would sign and then mail to them. We matched the first $500 and were delighted to be able to send our friends a cheque for over $1,000.

This year, we’d like to do a similar thing with my latest book, ‘TEN,’ to support the mission of Seedleaf, founded and led by our friend Ryan Koch. Seedleaf is doing important work here on the North side of Lexington helping our neighbors who live with food insecurity to have access to fresh produce.

Here’s how “Buy Once, Give Thrice” works:

Gift #1: I would love to sign and mail books out to those of you looking for Christmas gift ideas. We’re asking a minimum of $20 per book (incl. shipping). Here’s why.

Gift #2: We will give all the net proceeds to Seedleaf, and Rebecca and I will match the first $300 raised. But wait – it gets even better!

Gift #3: We will take the combined amount and offer it as a matching gift for Seedleaf on the Good Giving Guide site, to encourage even more giving. We’d love to get to at least a matching gift of $600, so we can fully sponsor two participants in Seedleaf’s summer internship for neighborhood middle-schoolers next year.

If you’d like to participate, here’s what to do:

  1. Email me at with the number of books you’d like, the names of the recipients, and the address you’d like me to ship them to.
  2. I’ll reply and let you know where to send the cheque, or you can pay through PayPal. Once I receive your cheque, I’ll mail your books!
  3. Final date for shipping is December 16th, so we’ll need your cheque, or payment through PayPal by the 15th. After that, we’ll send a cheque for the total amount raised to Seedleaf, and hope to see it matched on the GoodGiving Site.

Thanks for helping us support the work of Seedleaf this Christmas – and please help spread the word!

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