Support ATN and Simplify Your Holidays

November 10, 2014

by:  Julie Beem
fundraiser-catalog-show-evite-imgFood. It’s an important part of life and an important part of family. With Thanksgiving just days away, many of us are already thinking about food for that special day. Do we roast, smoke or deep fry the turkey? Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes? Who’s bringing the green beans?

And then come the winter holidays – Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza. All of these times can add so much stress to our families with traumatized children always on the brink of crisis. In the coming weeks, our bloggers will be reflecting on the lessons learned around holiday time and giving tips on how to survive (and hopefully thrive) the season.

But – if you want a food-related way to simplify your holidays (especially the gift buying) and support ATN, we’ve got something for you to consider: ATN’s Pampered Chef Fundraiser. Our Education Director, Anna Paravano is hosting an online fundraiser between now and November 30. Here’s the link: Shop online and have the products shipped directly to you (make sure you choose DIRECT SHIP). You can cross off your gift list, and ATN gets 15%.

If you’re not familiar with Pampered Chef, you’re in for a treat. Their stoneware is renowned. And their products are nearly indestructible. My favorites include their measuring spoons, their garlic press and their stoneware cookie sheets (for perfectly golden cookies). If you’re like me, with adult children who are now living on their own, kitchen tools make great stocking stuffers. Pampered Chef’s kitchen tools are both cleverly designed and long lasting.

So, if kitchen items are on your gift giving list, or you need something for your own holiday cooking, this fundraiser is a simple way to get some of the best products out there right from your computer – and give a little back to support ATN’s mission of helping traumatized children and families.

P.S. If you’ve got some time to browse (consider it a few self-care moments), check out the Inspiration tab for holiday ideas!

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.