Ethan Jostad & Family~ you are being prayed for!

As you know, this blog is about helping others,...paying it forward... random acts of kindness. We all have different ways of speaking of it and addressing these issues.  Forgive me for not keeping up my posting, but life hasn't been its kindest these last couple months. As we mourn for our nation and the families of the precious heroes who lost their lives this week in the battle zone, we also grieve for those suffering here in hospitals and homes around the country... battling terrible & difficult disease and injuries... Right now I would like to acquaint you, if you aren't already in touch with, 9 yr old Ethan Jostad. Ethan is dieing in a hospital in Oregon with cancer having ravished his body. He is suffering greatly as is his family as they witness this terrible disease and its cruelty.  I ask that you pray for him and think of him and his family  in the days ahead. Please pray for healing, mercy, comfort, understanding, and wisdom... If you would like to learn more about him you can go to his CaringBridge site...

You may write a personal note of encouragement to him , or his family, or send donations to:

Jostad Family
382 Westminster Dr.
Eagle Point, OR 97524

Their names:  Ethan- age 9
Dad- Chris
Mom- Kim
Brother- Tanner
Sister- Ella

email:  jostad@charter.net

Thanks for caring and adding encouragement to others lives. One person can make a difference... You never know how much a card, letter, email, a little gift means to those that are suffering...Thank you! PS.. I appreciate comments and sharing this article with your friends and family.  Love life! Appreciate every day you are given.. life is a gift!
** photo copyright CathyB ~ A Boy and His Dog  summer 2010



Welcome to Operation Blessing Brigade ...a team that believes when we work together, great things can be accomplished!

As many of you that know me realize, this "Operation" has been going on continually, even though the website had't been updated.  Operation Blessing Brigade was actually rebirthed from ProjectHope which  operated for several years... individual to individual... bringing hope and help into the lives of those that not only had physical and financial needs, but also bringing encouragement to those that needed it....just because!...With my own daily battles in fighting for my life with life-threatening spinal tumors eating through my spine and other disabling illness accompanied by pain, I have to admit I don't always accomplish everything I would like to. But, I am happy to say that our team is growing now and now I have 2 other precious ladies in other states that have come on board with me... Thank you Judy and Alberta!

So I will put together a much nicer intro later, but until then, here is the newest project at hand! Anyone that can help in anyway... corporate sponsors, site sponsors, product sponsors and reviews... PLEASE contact me asap so we can get more people involved in helping to reach the needs of others around the country. I have several projects that need addressing soon, but the first urgent one is as follows.

The precious Military family in Ft Hood, TX lost their home and everything they owned last Wednesday. Many people are suffering tragic losses right now around our country... some from floods, some from tornadoes, some from fires, some from medical problems, some from loss of family members serving in the armed forces that have given their lives for the sake of others.  Our hearts and prayers go out to each and every family at this difficult time for each of them personally.

But todays  Operation is that our Brigade wants to help be a Blessing to this precious family in Ft. Hood. At this time the husband is deployed overseas. In the home were his wife, his 3 children, and his sister inlaw  who is staying with them while her own husband is in in basic training.  They lost EVERYTHING! That includes everything this dear serviceman owned also!  While some of their local friends have been pooling together in such sweetness to gather up some  used clothes & other necessitites in the last couple days, our Mission is to wrangle up both individual and corporate sponsors who are willing to meet this battle head-on with helping in NEW donations to help get this family up and running, and with NEW beginnings and HOPE.  This Military family is sacrificing for others daily... let's show them our thanks and BRING THEM A BLESSING!

If you or anyone you know can help, please contact us at   OperationBlessingBrigade@gmail.com or leave a message here in the comment section.

Immediate Needs: (NEW PLEASE)...


LADIES ~ SIZES 0,2, and 16 for pants and dresses.

                  SIZES MED, LG, AND XL in SHIRTS, BLOUSES.

                  LADIES SHOES ~ SIZE 9M


BOY SIZE 5/6                       BOYS SHOES SZ  11.5M


GIRLS SHOES      SZ    6/7M  &   8/10M


 PANTS      SIZE   32W  34L 


They are staying in temporary housing for the next week or two while the Base secures more permanent housing for them on Base.  So our mission is also to work on all the other things that need to be replaced over the next few days.  Some of things are:


**CAMERA**  This is my personal request for them as they start new beginnings... I am sure they lost all their photos..
**RESTAURANT GIFT CARDS** for family of 6..but anything will help... Gift Cards for CHIKFILA, Subway, Starbucks, OliveGarden  or anything like that  would be awesome! Remember , even a $5 GC is helpful.. 7-8 people give a $5 GC and it covers everyone...
**GROCERY GIFT CARDS ~ this is very important as being in transition is very costly... I know from first hand experience. They have lost all their kitchen basics and pantry supplies.
    They use local GROCERY STORES :    HEB    &   WALMART 

I will get back to you with more updates as needed. Until then, THANK YOU!!   I am looking forward to your prayers and answers to this CALL TO SERVICE for this DESERVING MILITARY FAMILY!

***Special Note: Corporate Sponsors will receive banner ad recognition in thanks for their help!*** Contact me for details.

~   Until later,      Cathy & team Operation Blessing Brigade

 **UPDATE ~ If you are in the Massachusetts area and would like to work with someone local,  please contact team member ~ Judy M at  OperationBlessingBrigadeMA@gmail.com   ~ 
Remember one by one, we can help bless this family! Your part in this mission is important!