Wednesday, June 5, 2013

SLPs united for a cause

I've been on summer break now for 12 days!! 
Oh my, it's pure bliss!! 
Coffee with my husband and pup in the mornings....
naps in the afternoon....
poolside alarm rushing.  That's the best part.
And speech therapy.  
Yep, I'm doing some private therapy in the summer with 2 of sweet little boys.  
It's keeping me from becoming a complete and absolute bum! 

And there's LOTS going in the speech therapy world! 
One of the unexpected bonuses of starting this blog 6 months ago has been meeting SLP bloggers across the country- several who I now call friends! 

After all the years of being leery of my teenage boys' "cyber friends" I now have my own cyber friends.  Would've never predicted that!

When the devastating tornado on May 20 struck Oklahoma, my blogger friends and I couldn't stop talking about it. We wanted to help. 
We knew that a fellow blogger, Amy Minor, was in the midst of the turmoil.  

My smart "SLP cyber friends" came up with the idea of raising money by selling our TpT products for the Moore, OK cause.  Then it snowballed! Soon our small group of SLP bloggers teamed up with more bloggers (who were wanting to do the same thing!) and soon...

SLPs from every corner of the country came together for a common cause.  

Being from Louisiana, I'm no stranger to hurricanes, but it's always been the tornadoes that I fear.  Many times my family and I have hunkered down in a bathtub or closet during tornado warnings.  I can't even imagine what the folks in Moore, OK went through. I can't imagine having one strike while at school. My heart goes out to the people of OK. 

One of the bloggers that I have followed for a while now, Amy Minor over at Major Speech Pathology Fun from a Minor Girl, experiences the Moore, OK tornado on May 20 firsthand.  You can read her account of it HERE

Amy kept us informed about happenings in Oklahoma and let us know that there were 4 SLPs in Moore who lost everything when the tornadoes completely destroyed 2 schools there.  

Our group of now 50 SLPs got things in motion to help.  We came together to form the group SLPS CARE FOR OKLAHOMA on Teachers Pay Teachers.   

By all 50 of us contributing our TpT products, we have developed TWO MEGA BUNDLES of printable speech and language materials!  Each have over $140 worth of activities, but we are selling them each for only $15 over at our TpT store.  
100% of the money raised goes straight to the SLPs in Moore, OK so they can rebuild their therapy supplies.  

If you want to help, (and show those SLPs some love) you can purchase the bundles HERE

I contributed one of my bestsellers, Making Inferences/Drawing Conclusions with Text Messages to Bundle 2 and designed our logo in honor of OK :) 

The bundles each have 25-30 activities and they're only available in the month of June! 

Here's the crazy part- In the last 5 days, we have already raised over $12,800 for the Moore SLP fund!!

What!?  That's just unbelievable!! 
More proof that SLPs are a caring, generous group of helping professionals. 
It's not just money that we're contributing, it's the nod of support for our cohorts in need. 

Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a bundle or 2 :)

Bunches and bunches of SLP corporations have also joined in on the giving and donated supplies, equipment and apps.  Read more about that at Amy Minor's blog HERE

And guess what!? Currently our awesome bundles are the #1 and #2 sellers on all of TpT! 
We are blown away by everyone's support of this great cause!


Who knows where this exciting fundraiser will go!?  I plan to keep you updated :)
As of now, I don't believe that all of affected SLPs are fully aware that this is being done for them. 
Can you imagine how overwhelmed (in a very good way!) they will be when they find out? 
No doubt that will be much more priceless than the money raised. 

“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond...” 
― Jessy and Bryan Matteo


Oh and more thing.....SHOUT OUT to 3 go-getter SLPs 
Kelly,  Natalie, and Jess whose great ideas and hard work sparked this effort!


  1. Wow! Thanks for sharing the updated amount of funds raised. I had no idea the bundles have sold so well! So proud to be part of this awesome project and this amazing field. What an awesome feeling!!!!

    1. Isn't it just amazing? over 16,000 raised in just 10 days- all it took was some good ole teamwork and big mouths to spread the news- (our specialty!) SLPS could rule the world (if we wanted to) LOL
      Thanks for stopping by, Maria!


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