Indiana State Fair: Prayers for Indy Donations + Giveaway

by Beth Montgomery on August 17, 2011 · 21 comments

in Contests, Freebies & Samples, Giveaways

Like so many of you, I sat on my couch staring in shock at the television as I watched the news stations replay the Indiana State Fair concert stage collapse over and over.   I listened with a heavy heart as they announced those who lost their lives, the children who were nearby, and the families involved.   I prayed for them.   For all of them.

I think at a time like this, honesty is the best policy.   Indiana Family of Farmers, who is obviously a big presence at the Indiana State Fair, offered my family a wonderful opportunity to go behind scenes, pet the pigs, enjoy fresh milk at the Dairy Barn, learn about sheep, meet the Indiana State Fair Princess, and so much more.   It was an absolute blast and we appreciate it so much!

They also offered you, my wonderful readers, another chance to win tickets to the Indiana State Fair.   At first, I wondered if now was the best time.   But, after sad events is always the perfect time for a little fun.   Especially when we could all use it so badly.

Pray for Indy!

Please keep praying for the families involved and and the families who lost love ones.   Pray hard.

Give Back!

As you may know, I donate all funds collected through sales of All You Magazine to local community organizations.   This month, those funds will be going to the Indiana State Fair Commission and Central Indiana Community Foundation to support the Indiana State Fair victims.

If you’ve been looking for the perfect time to renew your subscription, get a second subscription, or purchase your first subscription to the money-saving magazine, All You, now is a perfect time!

Prize

Three (3) lucky In Good Cents readers will win two (2) FREE Indiana State Fair Admission tickets.

How to Enter

I’m skipping all the bonus entries and requirements.   Instead, I’m asking that you show your support for another the resident or residents of Indianapolis in any way you can.   Smile at a stranger, say a prayer, help your neighbor carry in her groceries, pick up some trash at the park, donate to the   Indiana State Fair Commission and Central Indiana Community Foundation, tweet your support out to the masses.   There are endless ways to show support for your neighbors.

I’m not going to ask what you did.   To enter, simply leave me a comment and tell me that you showed your support.   You can enter as many times as you’d like.   There’s no limit on how many times or ways you can show your support.   So, every time you do something kind for another Indianapolis resident, come back here and enter again.

This giveaway is open until 10:00 PM tonight, Wednesday, August 17, 2011 and announced tomorrow on the giveaway page. Visit the current & past giveaways for more chances to win!

Sponsored by Indiana Family of Farmers and conducted by In Good Cents. For more information, please read our  terms & conditions and disclosure policy.

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{ 21 comments }

1 Courtney August 17, 2011 at 1:31 AM

I showed my support by providing work for an unemployed woman at my church. Thank you for this positive, encouraging post!

2 Courtney August 17, 2011 at 1:32 AM

I showed my support by praying. Thank you for prompting me!

3 Denny Dittrick August 17, 2011 at 1:59 AM

I realized after the tragedy at the fair that you cannot take anything for granted, so I called and touched base with an old friend I hadn’t talked to in years…

4 maggie@maggieandthenuts August 17, 2011 at 7:38 AM

Beth, This is a great post. Many of us are wondering what we can do to help the grieving in our community. Thanks for the ideas and encouragement.

5 Sunni August 17, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Thank you for your prayers. I live in Indy and the toll this tragedy has taken on our city is beyond words. Still praying as well!

6 Jamie M August 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

Very touching post. I am an Indiana gal myself, and even though I was miles away, my heart was right there with them. Such a horrible tragedy. Continuing to pray for the families. Thanks for posting this……it makes you stop & think!

7 Nathan Miller August 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM

I won 4 free fair tickets lastweek and since its only my fiance and myself, I felt we could afford the tickets ourselves, so I gave them to a family of 5, whom I spoke with before the fair started and said she doesn’t take the kids because it the money thing adds up there at the fair, so I knew exactly who was getting the tickets once I won. They loved! It. Makes me happy to put smiles on kids and families faces whom REALLY appreciate it

8 Aya August 17, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Prayers and helping a fellow hoosier with a difficult purchase.

9 Sarah thompson August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Hi, Thanks for this neat giveaway! I have showed my support!

10 Sarah thompson August 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM

We are praying and supporting others.

11 Beth August 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM

I showed my services by helping out my friend with babysittng her little girl- last minute.

12 Courtney August 17, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Ironically, my husband – a pastor here in Indy – prepared his Sunday sermon well in advance last week and had titled it, “Life is Short.” He spoke about the need to take time for others, to spend less time on trivial things, and to remember that our days on earth are limited – as are our chances to make a real difference. He had no idea that Saturday night would hold such tragedy for our city. I’m praying today for those directly affected by the stage collapse – and their families and loved ones – but also that the rest of us would take to reflect on what really and truly matters.

13 Karen Louden August 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I showed my support in many ways. The biggest to me was taking my family to the fair last night and taking my young kids to the memorial and letting them pray for the families.

14 Karen Louden August 17, 2011 at 4:01 PM

I also took a picture of the memorial and shared it with my out of state friends who are praying as well.

15 Patty August 17, 2011 at 5:13 PM

I showed my support by praying for the families who lost loved ones and who were injured. Your post is so encouraging I am going to think of something else positive I can do to help someone. Thank you for motivating me!

16 stephanie m August 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Prayer …. please pray for Andrea (Voss) Vellinga … she is still in critical conditon (drug induced coma and on a breathing machine too) .. we are not friends but we did graduate from the same high school.. so this one touches a little close to home! she also has a little girl named lydia who needs her mommy.

17 Amy W August 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

I prayed for the families of victims from the fair

18 Amy W August 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

my son & I invited the neighborhood kids over to play kick ball

19 Amy W August 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

a family member bought us a family-plus membership to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and we try to take a family w/ us each time that probably wouldn’t go otherwise (too expensive)…we’re taking another family tomorrow!

20 Amy W August 17, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I tweeted & FaceBooked requests for prayer for victims & family

21 Courtney Early August 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I give back here in Indiana by being a 4H leader of 11 years. It broke my heart on Saturday to see that stage collapes. My prayers go out to all the families involved including the 4H families. 4H is a big family and my heart broke on Sunday to know they closed the fair (was going to attend that day). I understand why they closed but felt so bad for those 4Hers who didnt get to show there animals that day. 4H kids work so hard to make it that far and then for the closer it broke my heart. Please keep IN and your prayers.

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