Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Helping Melissa~
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Helping Melissa~

post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
Hey CC Family,

I heard from MelissaBlack again yesterday. She's doing great! She wanted me to thank everyone for all the prayers for her & her family! Melissa & her children will be flying to her parents in Abbotsford, B.C. Canada in 2 weeks & will be staying there for 4 months or longer. She gave me her address but forgot to tell me if it was ok to pass it along to everyone so I'm going to hold off posting it till she gives me permission.

About the clothes? They were able to salvage most of their clothes. She said they didn't need any. So thank God that part is taken care of! thumbs_up.gif

She also was able to save her KITCHEN AID!! She let it dry out & turned it on & IT WORKS!!! So happy that was saved too! Melissa is in great spirits & has a great attitude!! In all this tragedy she is good!! That's a blessing!!! She told me to thank everyone!!! So THANK YOU FROM MELISSA!!!!

I told her she might be getting some goodies from her CC family... so once I post the address whoever wants to send goodies go ahead. thumbs_up.gif I think it would be so neat if they had things there when they got there!! Ya'll have been great!!

While I have the floor... I'd like to thank everyone that's sent me PM's & emails!!! CC Family members are so thoughtful & caring for one another!!!!! It's truly amazing!!! My company will be leaving tomorrow... going back to their home in South La. I'll hopefully be back to myself soon!! Thanks for all the encouraging emails & PM's that I got from you all!!!!!! Thanks for cheering me up when I needed it!!!! I hope I can be there for anyone that needs me!!!! That's what family does!!! Thanks again!!! CC members ROCK!!!!! God bless ya'll!!!!

Your Friend, ~Tina~ icon_smile.gif
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
post #2 of 33
Hi Turtle,

It's good to know that Melissa and her family are ok..and of course you too! icon_smile.gif I know you've been working hard to help the victims there. We're proud of you girl!!! I heard in the local news here about over a week ago that our gov't sent medical team and sanitary engineers to help. I know everything will be ok!!!

Jen
post #3 of 33
TC...you are a very kind and caring person. Thank-you for your update on Melissa. I will keep looking for the address and will plan to send something her way.
traci icon_razz.gif
Sharing is caring.
Reply
Sharing is caring.
Reply
post #4 of 33
Hi Tina,

That's great news about Melissa and her family, and your news, too. I'll be looking out for the address posting, to help her along, as and when.

You're a treasure.!
Barbara
post #5 of 33
Great news! Thank you so much for sharing, I'd love to send her a little something also.
post #6 of 33
i was wondering if she lost her cake decorating stuff? maybe we could each send a little something related to cake decorating?
let us know what we should send.
melody
post #7 of 33
I too would like to send a "care package" just let me know how and when!!
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
post #8 of 33
i would like to suggest something... If we are going to be sending her some cake decorating things maybe we should start some kind of registry of sorts so that she doen't get 3 and 4 of the same things and ends up not being able to return or exchange things. Not that getting doubles of some items is a bad thing! icon_lol.gif

tcturtleshell, can you see what she did loose and what she needs so that we can give where she needs it most? That would be a more efficient way of helping her out. Again this is just my opinion.

Thanks for listening! I too want to send her some goodies! icon_smile.gif

Tina
The Cake Lady
Reply
The Cake Lady
Reply
post #9 of 33
OK maybe instead of items (postage, duplicates,ect..), how about gift certificates to Joanns, Michaels. I know I would LOVE to go shopping for my favorite items for free!!!

Talk about a spirit lifter!!

TC can you see what will be the closest store to her after she is moved?
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
post #10 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by NEWTODECORATING

OK maybe instead of items (postage, duplicates,ect..), how about gift certificates to Joanns, Michaels. I know I would LOVE to go shopping for my favorite items for free!!!

Talk about a spirit lifter!!




That is a great idea!!! Just remember that the exchange rates are higher in Canada!! So just a keep in mind thing! GREAT IDEA!!! thumbs_up.gif
The Cake Lady
Reply
The Cake Lady
Reply
post #11 of 33
OK sorry about the continued posting, but my brain is in over drive tonight... Wouldn't you know it all of these creative juices flowing and no cake to do??

Anyway, back to topic...
I was thinking if her KA survived maybe most of her other stuff did too..pans and tips and the such, but what about books and magazines??? They would be more likely to be ruined. Maybe Jackie could set up an account for her here and we could donate money for her to get books and CC stuff.

It would help Melissa and CC at the same time! Just a thought...

TC you would be the best judge of what she is in need of cake wise.
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
My 14 year old golden fur baby. If you think this is funny you should see the rest of the baby album!
Reply
post #12 of 33
Figured it would be best to combine my three posts on this subject.
Thanks Turtlelady! May I make a suggestion? Perhaps it would be better to email those who ask for the address rather than posting it publicly, just to be cautious?
When you have her permission, would you please send it to me?
Glad things will be returning to normal for you!
American pals,
Just one thing, if you send her gift certificates from the U.S., they won't be recognized by Canadian stores just as ours are not recognized by your stores, of course she could use them once she returns to the U.S.
Also, if you send her anything from the U.S., be sure to write, "Gift" on the Custom's forms as she will be charged a $5 handling fee and taxes on the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. dollar amount. Also, on the Custom's form please remember that the 'Value' is not the same thing as the insured value. The value is what you paid for it and the insured value is what you insured it for. If you forget to write "Gift" and you put the Value as the insured value, which is usually a minimum of $100, she will be charged duty on that amount and the $5 handling fee. On gifts, she will not be charged either.
There is no Joanns where she will be, but there is a Michaels in Abbotsford, BC, however you will need to purchase a Canadian gift certificate for her to use there, not one from an American Michaels as they will not recognize it here just as ours are not recognized in the U.S. I have looked into this before. However you could purchase a Postal Money order or send her things labelled as gifts. If you send a Postal Money order, make sure it can be cashed in Canada, there are specific ones for here.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #13 of 33
Thread Starter 
Heath brought the address thing to my attention too. So I won't be posting Melissa's address. I am going to PM everyone that makes a comment in this post asking for her address ok~ If I forget anyone please PM me to remind me that I have not sent the addy to you yet~

Melissa will be so thrilled to get a pkg or pkgs!! Ya'll are so sweet!! I'll ask her what she needs & I'll get back to this post ok~

God Bless You!!
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
post #14 of 33
Thread Starter 
Darn, I knew I forgot something...

Squirrelly, thanks for the info about the pkgs sent to Canada. I'm sure a lot of us didn't know what you said. Thanks! I think we could send her personnel checks. Can personnel checks be cashed there? Would she get a charge to cash them? Also what is the American/Canadian Dollar rate? That would help everyone too.
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
Reply
post #15 of 33
Thanks my Turtle Lady, I received the address.
Well the exchange rate will vary depending on the day she gets it and what the handling fees are that the bank charges. If she has a U.S. dollar bank account in Canada, she won't have any problems with cashing cheques. If not, it will depend on the bank she is using. If she kept a U.S. bank account, it won't make any difference.
The best thing would be to purchase a draft that is basically quaranteed to be cashed anywhere, if she has a bank account. Or a postal money order that is cashable in Canada, but there are fees associated with both, I do believe, from your end. For example, when I sent money to the relatives in teh U.S. I purchase a U.S. dollar bank draft cashable in the U.S. and it costs me a handling fee of about $4.50. Postal money orders cost me about the same. Of course if you purchase U.S dollar bank drafts or postal money orders that are cashable in Canada, she will bet more bang for your bucks because the U.S. dollar is worth so much more here. Usually around $1.40 Canadian, give or take a few cents. I guess for personal cheques you will almost need to know what kind of banking arrangements she has made, whether she is keeping a U.S. bank account that she has access to depositing from within Canada or not.
That weird combination of numbers and letters on the bottom of her address, is the Postal Code for her address in Canada, haha.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cake Decorating
Cake Central › Cake Forums › Cake Talk › Cake Decorating › Helping Melissa~