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Jingle All the Way - Miracle Moment®

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale

Holiday Cheers from Founder & Executive Director, Cynthia Brian

The celebration of Hannukah has already begun and Christmas is on its way. This is the time of year when everyone feels a bit more generous and cheerful, as long as the stress of preparing for the holidays isn’t dragging you down.

It’s been a busy month here at Be the Star You Are!® since our November newsletter. We continue to help with Operation Disaster Relief, shipping and/or delivering necessities and goods to hurricane and fire victims. Hopefully soon the multiple fires blazing in California will be under control. Kudos to our firefighters and first responders for all they do to save lives and property. Thanks to your generosity, we provided over $9,000 of supplies to those in need.


Our Letters to Santa on December 2 was a huge success in collaboration with 5 A Rent A Space. Children of all ages took their photo with Jolly St. Nick and our BTSYA volunteers helped kids write their wish list letters and create color holiday crafts. Everyone enjoyed plenty of treats and festive merriment.


We’ve celebrated two big milestones.  On November 21, our young adult radio show, Express Yourself! feted six years of weekly broadcasting and on December 8tth, our lifestyle radio program, Starstyle-Be the Star You Are!® boasted nineteen years of live weekly shows with fifteen of those on the World Talk Radio/Voice America Network. Over 2500 interviews have been enjoyed with authors, experts, sports figures, film stars, celebrities, and other news worthy individuals over the years. We are very proud of these accomplishments. Check out the programs at



This past week, my 7th book, Growing with the Goddess Gardener, hit the bookshelves after nine months of tedious delays. Birthing a book is much like birthing a child as the real work begins now. Sales benefit BTSYA when you buy directly from Prices are cheaper and you’ll get extra treats.


There is still time for plenty of on-line shopping and we hope that you’ll use our links to many of our partner sites where over 1800 retailers offer a percentage to Be the Star You Are!® charity, including Amazon through Amazon Smile ( A complete list is in this newsletter.

As 2017 comes to an end, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Be the Star You Are!® charity either on line at our site at or by check to BTSYA, PO Box 376, Moraga, Ca. 94556. Paypal Giving Fund will add 1% to your donations through December 31 through PayPal's Holiday Campaign Donate page and the PayPal app


Since we want you to get back to the festivities of this joyous December, we are keeping the news to a minimum. We hope that you will continue to support Be the Star You Are!® with your dollars, time, and expertise.  Be the Star You Are!® is still 100% ALL volunteers and each of us works diligently to offer hope and heart to those less fortunate.


On behalf of all of us, we send you our love, gratitude, and inspiration. We are looking forward to 2018 as we embark on 19 years of service.


As you gather with friends and family, remember the reason for the season and that the best gift you can give one another is the gift of YOU.


Wishing you a very happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas. May sleigh bells ring and shower you with blessings.


Cynthia Brian

Founder/Executive Director

Be the Star You Are!® 501 c3 charity

PO Box 376

Moraga, California 94556



Tune in to StarStyle®-Be the Star You Are!® radio for insights and conversations on positive living on Wednesdays 4-5pm PT LIVE on the Voice America Network, the Empowerment Channel. Be encouraged and inspired.

Express Yourself! is broadcast Tuesdays at NOON PT on Voice America Kids Network with BTSYA young hosts and reporters interviewing authors and special guests who inspire.

Photos, descriptions, links and more for both shows at



Give Blank Checks For Christmas


By Karen Kitchel

I believe one of the greatest benefits of the holiday season is that so many people get into the "giving spirit."  According to an article in the New York Post,  thirty percent of donations to charities are made during December.

I started to wonder at what point in a person's life do they have a desire to give?  Would a five-year-old or a teenager on their own send their hard-earned dollar to Haiti?  Probably not.  Yet once that child or teen experiences the thrill of knowing they helped to feed a hungry child, or made it possible for someone to get a pair of mittens to wear on their cold hands, they are likely to want to do it again.

That thought is what gave me the idea of sending blank checks in the amount of $10 to each of my children, neices and nephews (along with a small token gift).  My checks are always tucked into a Christmas card where I explain how they get to choose any charity they wish to fill in the "pay to" line, and how I hope they enjoy the gift of giving as much as I do.  Last year I was thrilled when I  received a beautiful card signed by all 9 nephews and neices with a note about where their blank check was going to be donated.  The gift of giving has to be the greatest gift of all!

Karen Kitchel is a Community Volunteer who is passionate about helping those who are homeless or disadvantaged. Previously she served as President of Cheerful Givers, a nonprofit organization, and Director of BI University at BI Worldwide.

Shop, Give, and Get Connected!

If you would like to make a direct donation to our giving fund, please visit our Paypal page! 2

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases when you click here.
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

7. Giving Assistant: Shop. Earn. Give! Use Giving Assistant to earn cash back at 1800+ popular online stores, then donate a percentage to BTSYA:

8. Designer Clothes to Buy or Sell with Union and Fifth


Your generous donations can help make a difference in the lives of others. Please consider contributing directly to our giving fund at Paypal! 2

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