Friday, November 18, 2011

Help Wanted - Desperately Needed

Dear Pals,

I has a heavy heart as I dictate this bloggy post.  One of our very dear, long-time Twitter pals needs our help.  This is someone (with the help of his dear ooman, Robyn Horton)  who has devoted so much time to Pawparties, nipclub, santa’s jingle bells fund, Anipal Academy Awards, weddings, showers, and any other function you can think of that has happened on Twitter.   I’m speaking of our very own @GeorgeTheDuck and his typist Robyn.    They desperately need our help and love.

@JinJinDoggy’s human, Jodie, contacted M one day and suggested we do a fund raiser for Robyn so we could buy her a portable generator to help with her Asthma when their power goes out, which it did several times this year.   M contacted Robyn and told her what we wanted to do for her and to get her permission to go ahead with it.   That’s when M and I realized Robyn had serious $$ problems going on.  While she was appreciative of our thought of getting her a portable generator and said it would be nice and very helpful --- but, she said there were other things she needed worse – like paying for the electric/heating bill, groceries, phone bill, and medications because she fell thru the donut hole and meds now cost her full price.  (M nearly choked when she heard that cuz we know what meds cost, but are fortunate to have good insurance with no donut hole.)  Robyn told M about all her health problems, and she's on more drugs then M (and it looks like a pharmacy around here.  he he, so it must be the same at their house).

Robyn hasn’t been able to work at her jewelry business the 10+ hours a day this year as she had in the past because of her many health problems.  And with the bad economy, that's just made bad go to worse.  Thus, her income is down 70% from 2 years ago.  She is one of those people who falls thru the cracks when it comes to government assistance or state assistance.   She is very intelligent and has checked into all those things thoroughly, even getting professional help for looking into them.  It took Robyn a long time to give us permission.  Obviously she’s very proud and very embarrassed to be in this situation.  But she said she’s at the desperate point now and would welcome and appreciate any help she can get.

Accepting this help is tearing her apart as it’s the last thing she has wanted.   But Jodie and I felt that if her many Twitter pals  and blogger pals knew of her situation, they would want to try to help too, if possible.   We talked her into just an email to a few trusted pals and sent something out.  After talking with some pals, Robyn finally agreed to letting us make this public, thus I'm writing this bloggy for her in the hopes we can get her some help.

We know times are tough for lots of you, and we don't want anyone contributing that doesn't have the means to do so.  But, if you can spare a little, it would be greatly appreciated by GeorgeTheDuck and typist, Robyn.   Robyn and George have 4 kitties and you bloggers probably know them as aka HMBC (House of Mostly Black Cats). 

Robyn's Jewelry business site is:   Both JinJinDoggy and I can vouch for the quality and beauty of her jewelry as both our oomans have recently ordered pieces from her.   Christmas is coming up and they would make wonderful Christmas prezzies.   Unfortunately, I can get the link to work, but if you copy it and paste it into your Browser, you will be able to open it.   Dang blogger.   

Please pals, lets do what we can to help George and Robyn.   We are calling this Chip-in a "Gift" because Robyn has her jewelry business and if it's anything other than a gift, then it complicates things with PayPal not to mention her income taxes.   The Chipin Widget is in the right-hand side bar of this bloggy.     

If you are on Twitter and maybe can't afford any $$, you can help out by RTing the tweets calling attention to my bloggy at  or the chip in page at:

Thanks so much pals.  I know Robyn and @GeorgeTheDuck will be forever grateful.

Mario and Mary  


Admiral Hestorb said...

George is much loved and I sent his mom something yesterday. I'll try again soon. xox

Random Felines said...

How scary - that could be any one of us...we had mom get out the green papers to help! And she may be having to buy herself something from the shop too - hehe...

Aimee @ 4TheLoveofAnimals said...

It's always heartwarming when bloggers/tweeps come together to help each other. Thank you for posting it.

Oh, the link to her shop doesn't work right by the way, it takes me to a 404 error.

Beth said...

What a grand thing for you to do for a friend.

Ray6955/DaneRay said...

Mario -- Thank you for doing this for our pal George and his typist. Chase and I can't help until our next disability check (December 2nd), but we will definitely do so then. We are sad to hear of their difficulties but will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Sending everyone huge hugzzzzzzzzz and lots of love ... RAY & CHASE -- @DaneRay

Brian said...

Met them I have, well, Flat Brian and Dad did, and they tell me that Robyn is wonderful, and of course George is the best. We will head over and give a few green papers too. Thanks for being there for your friends.

Anonymous said...

Just chipped in!! I hope it helps.
Im going to her jewelry site too.

You are so kind to do this.

God Bless You

Michelle said...

Thanks for letting us know, Mario.

CATachresis said...

You are very kind indeed to do this. Times are really hard for so many, but when you have health problems on top … not good at all!

Am not sure what we can do, but will go and look at the site. x

Cathy Keisha said...

OMC! George didn't tell us while he was here. We love him and Robyn and all the furries. Maybe we can also have an online auction and I'll donate some DJ CDs to the cause. I'll ax Pop about the green papers. Damn the 1% who have everything!

Jans Funny Farm said...

Oh, no. I hate to hear this about Robyn and hope things will change for her really soon! I don't have any money to donate, but I can pray for her situation to turn around.

George The Duck and the HotMBC Kittehs said...

OMD thank you all. We're kind of blown away. All this while she was napping. She's teary eyed. She's working on starting some other things too, which will hopefully straighten us out, but this pneumonia has totally blown her out of the water. Thanks so much everyone for $, prayers, pawsitive wishes, #pawcircle, everything.
*ducky hugs*
George and Robyn


Mario & Mom
Thanks for letting us know, we went right over to George's chipin. WE have known Robin for a squillion years, we were happy to help out. WE hope that things will now ease up for her and her family. WE will purr and pray.


MizzBassie said...

Not only does @GeorgeTheDuck participate in all kinds of twitter fun, The Typist is donating a piece of her beautiful jewelry for an upcoming pawty. What a generous gesture when she is having financial troubles herself. That's just one of the reasons I love George and Robyn. I hope she gets better soon and things turn around for her. Healing and Good Luck purrrrrrrrrrrrrrs.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

Mario & Mary you have hearts of gold!

I just came back from donating...I wish I could have given more but every little bit helps!

Blessings to both of you!

The Island Cats said...

Mario, we love Robyn and George the Duck. We'll get our mom to kick in some green papers to help them.

Honeybell said...

waddles over to Georgie and Robyn with #healing hugs! Love you! Hope you feel better real soon! Purrs and thank you Mario

GLOGIRLY said...

Bless your heart, Mario. You are a good friend to help like this. We just chipped in for George & Robyn. We hope that a lot of little chips can make a big difference for your friends.
xo and love to George, Robyn & You,
Katie and Glogirluy

Oui Oui said...

How terrible. We don't know George or Robyn, but we feel for them. We'll go over and visit, and see what we can do.

KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

Oh noes!
Not our Mom Robyn????
Iffen you didn't know, hers started the original Cat Blogosphere.
Me and Mommy ML worked on it wif her, and then taked it over when hers moved on to Twitter an other fings.
I's gonna post this on tha Cat Blogosphere. We loves Mom Robyn more than anyfing, hers helps us wif tha teknickle stuffs, we can always count on hers. Hers is one of tha most brilliant persons we know of.
We's gonna go to tha Chip-In and then post this on Saturdays's CB.
Love & Purrs,
KC, Reepurrter fur tha CB
Missy Blue Eyes
Faith Boomerang
Brutus Jr aka BJ
Mom ML

Clooney said...

You and your Mom are such fantastic friends. We will be sending our biggest purrs and prayers to Mom Robyn and have her in our thoughts for all to be better financially and with her health.

Laila and Angel Minchie said...

OMC! Thank you so much for letting us know! We will chip in to help our Mom Robyn out!

Prudence said...

What a wonderful thing to do fur our buddies. Thank you fur everything you and M do!

The Meezers or Billy said...

Oh goodness we hadded no idea. Thanks Mario for doing this!!!!!

George The Duck and the HotMBC Kittehs said...

Thanks everyone. I'm overwhelmed. We all are.
*hugs all around*
Robyn and George and The Hotties

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh Mario...I am so glad to meet you! Please know how much we love mom Robyn...she has helped us before when we needed it after I got sick with cancer and needed an operation. Please know that I will be having a special auction on my blog for a beautiful set of kitty dolls and the green papers will go right to mom Robyn!
Any of us could find ourselves in such a situation in the blink of an eye...we are all family and need to stand together on the Cat Blogosphere!
Love Angel Miss Peach

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are very thankful for the Cat Blogosphere, and have met so many friends because of Robyn and her work there!!
Mom went over and chipped in a little, because every little bit helps ^..^
Thank you Mario and Mary for helping Robyn, George and all those hotties!

~ The Bunch

mog said...

I love mom Robyn too, we email not often enough. I didn't realize she hit the dreaded donut hole. That bites. I chipped in a little too.

Her jewelry is pawsome, I have several pieces too.

Astrid (…and the kitties too) said...

OH Noes! We loves Mom Robyn she is the best purrson we've ever met!
We're gonna go right there and chip in some green papers too.

I need to talk to my wifeycat that she did not mention to me in how much trouble the Hotties are.

thanks for doing this for our Mom Robyn! we don't know yous but we loves you for doing that!

Marg said...

Thanks so much Mario for telling this to us. We chipped in a small amount but we sure will put the links up on our blog posts. Wish I could do more.
Take care.

George The Duck and the HotMBC Kittehs said...

I'm just about speechless. Thank you all so much. I just can't think of enough words for how amazed and grateful I am.
Robyn and George and the Hotties

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

Hey, Mario, thank you so much for letting us know about Robyn & George's situation. We'll pass the collection plate (just a parish way of saying we're getting the green papers together for them) and chip in, too. They deserve nothing less for all they do and have done.

Hugs, guys, and we'll throw in a few purrayers, too.

Tom & Mittens

curator said...

I just chipped in a tiny something...I wish I had had much more... It's okay to get by with a little help from your friends. Much love and support from the Museum crew.

Ray6955/DaneRay said...

Chase and I were able to donate something now so we won't have to wait until December 2nd. We wish it could be much larger. Thank you to everyone who are helping George and his typist get through this difficult time. They both are great pals to all the anipals and do so much to help others. We have them in our thoughts and prayers even more right now and send them huge hugzzzzzzzz and lots of luvvvvv ...

RAY & CHASE -- @DaneRay

Pip said...

THanks fur letting us know. We lubs George bery much!

Gemini and Ichiro said...

We have always purchased stuff from Mom Robyn whenever we can. We will go re-tweet your post as the Woman is also out of work and as she was self employed, there is no help for her.

GLOGIRLY said...

We just checked the status of the Chipin on your blog page and WOW...that is SO COOL!!! We bet this will really help Robyn and George. You are a true friend for setting it up for them. That's what Thanksgiving is all about.
xo Katie & Glogirly

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

We have just Chipped in. HotMBC were some of our very first friends when we started blogging and we are sad that times are hard. Mom Robyn has done so much for everyone over the years that the least we can do is to try and help out. We wish we could do more.

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Many people are in this same situation - we were too a few years ago. It can happen to anyone at anytime. We will be glad to help!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Wildcat Woods!

A Tonl said...

Woot! FANKS U sooo much Mario & M for organizing dis! We changed our December pawpawty gift so's it'd go to Robyn. Her stuff is so KEWL dat anyone would want to try to win a quiz for something as neat-o as that!

An da Chip in is PAWEsome!!

George The Duck and the HotMBC Kittehs said...

Thanks so much. You guys have no idea how much it means to me in addition to being such a huge help.

Me and the Hotties have the greatest friends. Thank you.
*ducky hugs*

Anonymous said...

We're in! Late, as usual, but we made it. Thank you for doing this. Purrrrrrs!