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Miracle Moment®

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

 John Fitzgerald Kennedy


A Letter from Founder and Executive Director, Cynthia Brian

cyntha brian with booksThe sky is still dark, gray, hazy, and thick with smoke. Not many people are outside. Many wear face masks. But we are the lucky ones. We still are alive and we have our homes and businesses. 

We are thankful to have been spared.

Paradise was lost last week. 

California is once again rampaged by roaring wildfires, both north, and south. We mourn the loss of lives and property while saluting and sending gratitude to the first responders, many of whom had their homes burn in the inferno.

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Our volunteers, Juan Puente Jr., Joven Hundal, and Siri Phaneendra are once again spearheading Operation Disaster Relief with a focus on helping victims of the California blazes.   Make a DONATION through PAYPAL GIVING FUND and PAYPAL with 100% going to BTSYA with NO FEES:

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November 27th is Giving Tuesday. Facebook and PayPal will start matching donations at 8:00am ET (5:00am PT) on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. The matching offer will expire when $7 million in donations is reached or at 11:59pm PT on November 27. 

      Our Facebook fundraiser is located at

We have made $1000 our target, but we need to think BIGGER so that Be the Star You Are!® is prepared to help immediately with future disasters. Donations can be matched 250K per nonprofit and up to 20K per donor. We'd love to hit the limit! 

If you can help, please do so as the people who receive the benefits will be very grateful. We encourage YOU to create a fundraiser of your friends and fans with Be the Star You Are!® as the benefactor. You'll find us at

In addition, proceeds from sales of books purchased through our website at will benefit Operation Disaster  Relief to help the victims of the California wildfires. We are also providing FREE shipping through December 8th, and all orders will come with extra goodies & autographs. Buy your holiday gifts and help Californians who have suffered losses.

On behalf of all of the volunteers at Be the Star You Are!®, I extend my sincerest gratitude to YOU, our supporters, for helping us to be a TOP RATED non-profit that has earned the Guidestar Gold Seal


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Since our founding in 1999, we have had no paid employees. BTSYA is a 100% volunteer organization with all donations benefitting outreach programs.

As we head into our 20thyear of service, we want you to know how valuable you are to our family of those who dare to care. Without you, we couldn’t survive nor accomplish the success with our outreach programs.


We express our sorrow and sadness to those who are suffering and pray that recovery will be swift.

Tap into thankfulness.


Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.


Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556


Read Cultivating Thankfulness

PS: Congratulations to the teen hosts and reporters who are celebrating SEVEN years of broadcasting Express Yourself!™ on the Voice America Kids Network! That is 364 unique programs. WOW! It's the #1 YA show! Help the teens to continue to broadcast with your tax-deductible contribution

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How Do you Say Thanks?

By Karen Kitchel

There are big thanks, like when you run out of gas on the highway and an angel appears with a tank full of gas, and little thanks, like every time you check out at the convenience store.   In all cases, aren't we trying to communicate that we appreciate whatever the person has done, whether it's their job or not? What we sometimes forget to do when our mouths spit out "thanks" is to look the person in the eye to acknowledge their positive presence in our day. 

For the big thanks, we might want to especially reinforce unsolicited actions of a person who saved us from a minor or major catastrophe.  In those instances, heartfelt words like "you are my hero" or following up with a hand-written note, if at all possible, can create a great topic at the dinner table for the receiver.  And we've all probably read articles about how feeling appreciated energizes our body and our soul.

Find someone today who you can thank.

Karen Kitchel is passionate about scattering kindness. She serves meals to the homeless, is a volunteer teacher, writer, job coach, and mentor.Karen contributed two chapters to the book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers.  Visit


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Books and Reviews for You

One of our most popular volunteer activities for young people is to become a book reviewer. We have partnered with The Reading Tub where you'll find hundreds of first-rate reviews of books you'll want to read. Honest, straight-forward, and written by youth for youth. Check out The Reading Tub.the reading tub logo 2

You can also visit our Creative Community website at to find book reviews for all ages. "Read, lead, succeed!" That's our motto!

Shop for Holiday Gifts While Giving Back!


If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our PayPal page!




We appreciate a direct donation most of all via PAYPAL GIVING FUND at

Checks can be sent to PO Box 376, Moraga, California 94556

There are other easy ways that assist our mission and don’t cost you a dime!

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases

2. Discounted books at Amazon

3. Buy or Sell on EBAY:

4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too!

5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE

6. BTSYA Logo Store

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA: - be-the-star-you-are-inc

8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell:

9. Buy “Read, Lead, Succeed” T-shirts and tanks $19.99 at StarStyle® Store:

10. Are you a gamer, lover of new software, or other digital content? Buy all of your favorites at Humble Bundle

Remember that Thanksgiving is EVERY DAY! Wishing you a very happy and blessed year of gratitude. Celebrate life!thaksgiving Table Decor (1) 

Be the Star You are! 501 c3
PO Box 376
Moraga, California 94556
925-377-STAR                                       DONATE TODAY!

"For it is in giving that we receive."  Saint Francis of Assisi


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