"I'm in Baghdad, Iraq, and my precious wife is home in Indiana. We missed our first Christmas together since we we've been married - along with both our birthdays, my twin grandsons' first birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and most importantly our time together. I would give this basket to the love of my life, my beautiful wife, Rhonda Sue. She is the most caring, giving, and patient woman in the world, but I know she is missing me, and I feel this basket would help remind her how much I love her."
"I would like to give this special gift to the woman who gave me life - my birth mother, Kathy Mishoe. I've only known you 10 years of my 40-year life, but I'm happy you are a part of it. Love you."
- Lisa C.
"Roses are red, chocolate sweet –
I know who deserves this Valentine's treat
She rarely indulges in goodies herself
And doesn't have much material wealth
But buys Organic Fair Trade chocolates for kids on Halloween
And won't support child labor or farm practices (obscene)
She thinks of others when she acts
She tries to get all the facts
If this can't win this basket and bear
I'll still give her Fair Trade chocolates to show I care
But if it does it will show the fact
That others think of her right back."
- Daniel D.
"I am going to give this basket to Julius Lambert because he does my shopping, takes me back and forth to the doctor, and never lets me pay him. He comes by my house and mows the yard and takes my garbage to the street two times a week. He is a good friend and I want to be able to give him something back."
- Sharon M.
"My mother has just opened a group home for young women with disabilities. She is committed to filling the home with only environmental and socially conscious Fair Trade goods, from building materials to cleaning supplies to organic food. Her selfless spirit of love and desire to empower and encourage others in their beauty and worth is truly making a world of good. I want to recognize her beautiful heart by giving her this gift basket."
- Crissa N.
"I would bring this gift basket to my workplace. I work at a nonprofit that focuses on international human rights issues, and my coworkers would be thrilled to partake in fairly traded treats during the workday. My resolution for 2010 and beyond is to purchase as many Fair Trade items as possible, including clothes, shoes, socks, jewelry, food, (anything and everything really). Buying Fair Trade products makes me feel like a responsible consumer, and I want to share this message with others!"
- Nina E.
"I love the son that I found after 33 years. He was never forgotten and always loved by me."
- Julie S.
"I manage a nonprofit Fair Trade shop. We are staffed primarily by volunteers who give generously of their time, but the woman who gives the MOST is our volunteer coordinator. She helps spread the word and organizes our staff, and without her energy, we'd be lost. In February, she's organizing a volunteer appreciation event, and we've been looking for a way to let her know how much she is appreciated. She always puts others first, so I'd give this basket to her to say THANK YOU!"
- Amy W.
"Can you imagine waking up in the hospital after your lungs (in "perfect" shape) stopped working and you'd been placed on a ventilator? Then picture picking up the phone to hear that your best friend is going to fly cross-country (no "two-week notice" either!) just to cook, shop, and even locate a portable oxygen tank for you? All this in the hectic weeks before Christmas and her return home to Thailand. Don't you agree that a loving friend like Amanda de Normanville deserves this prize!?!"
- Margaret L.
"I would like to give this basket to my best friend. After emergency surgery, he came 900 miles to care for me and we have not been apart since. He is my rock and I love him like no other. We have known each other since the 7th grade (we are 45) and in my yearbook I actually circled his face and wrote "foxy" next to his name. When we looked at the yearbook together he was so surprised. We laughed for hours. He had no idea I had a major crush on him. We are so happy."
"If I win, I want to give the gift basket to my sister. My sister is developmentally disabled and for many years our differences have kept us apart. I'm trying to make up for the many years we weren't close and remind her every day how much I do care. Please help me make this Valentine's Day a special one for my sister and me, in which I can tell her beyond words how much I love her."
"I will give this basket to my husband. To put it simply, he makes me want to be a better person; he inspires me; he loves me; he challenges me; he humors me; he encourages me; he supports me; he is me - only hotter and decidedly taller. He's everything that I ever wanted and all of the things that I never knew were possible. I love him and I love to love him."
- Stacy W.
"I would give this basket to my sister, Joyce Smith, who has been there for me every day since I lost my husband of 50 years. If I need a shoulder to cry on, someone to reminisce with or to share a laugh with, she is there regardless of the time, night or day. There are days she calls me early in the morning before I depart for work just to tell me to have a good day and to take one baby step at a time. What a wonderful sister!"
- Doris C.
"There is a homeless lady that lives by my house and I see her all the time at McDonald's. I often buy her food and coffee. I also gave her warm clothes and coats for the winter. It would be so wonderful if I could surprise her on Valentine's Day with this beautiful gift basket."
- Valerie K.
"I can be silly? Love it! Providing the basket has nothing perishable, I would hold it until I had a chance to send it/give it to Neil Diamond. Besides all the power he has when singing and his way with words and music, he has an air of grace, tranquility, and humility that appeal to all three of my inner goddesses."
- Deb H.