Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thank Jodi and Kevin for their COURAGE with a donation

"It's easy to make a buck. It's a lot tougher to make a difference."
-- Tom Brokaw


We want to say to Jodi and Kevin, thank you for speaking out, even despite your own sister calling you liars and punishing you for telling the truth by not letting you see the children. Hang in there. Sincerely, 15 Minutes-Gosselin Style

In pondering how we can best thank Aunt Jodi and Uncle Kevin for their courage, and also what would really make a difference for reality show children, we've decided the best thing to do is make a donation to Paul Petersen's advocacy group A Minor Consideration in Jodi and Kevin's name, and then we will send them a thank you note indicating a donation has been made in their name. You have until Saturday, April 18 at midnight to donate. If you would like to donate, please do the following:

1. Go to A Minor Consideration's donation section on their web site. Make your donation either through Paypal or by Mail.
2. Fill out the form at the bottom of the donation page, it asks for your name, your donation amount, and under "Why you are donating (Optional)" please write "In honor of Jodi and Keven Kreider's courage."
3. Please email me the dollar amount you donated, so that I may add up the total amount.

78 sediments (sic) from readers:

TVSnark said...

Hi. I'm on vacation visiting my mom so I couldn't watch any of the hearings today. I was thrilled to come here and see such a great recap.

I absolutely want to contribute to Kevin and Jodi. They have shown strength and courage that many of us could only dream about.

Are you setting up a paypal account?

Kudos to the recappers and all the posters here.

my9cats said...

Let me know how.
Talk about grace under pressure.
I hope Jodi and Kevin know there are many supporters of them and the kids.

HI 50 said...

I'm in. Kevin & Jodi deserve more but flowers are a wonderful gesture for their courageous act to speak out. Thankfully they never signed a confidentiality agreement so are able to expose the lies, lies, lies --- Remember the shirt Jon wore?

Both Kevin & Jodi should collaborate with Petersen to write a tell all book about their experiences. NOW I would definitely buy their book.

Kelly said...

Admin,
NO NO NO. I think this is a bad idea. We are here on this blog and others to voice opinion, not take sides and see that justice is done for those who's voices aren't heard. As much as I appreciate what Jodi and Kevin did today, I approached it with an open mind and wanted to hear their side of the story.

Sending flowers to Jodi and Kevin would be comparable to Kates DWTS fans sending flowers to her. It doesn't end the exploitation but sends a partisan message.

I'm not on Jodi and Kevins side and I'm not on Kate and Jon's side. I'm on the side of the kids. Sending flowers to Jodi and Kevin makes a newsworthy event and puts them in a position to justify their credible positions and then again, puts them in a position to distance them from so called fans.

Jodi and Kevin aren't looking for fans. They are looking for fairness and we should respect that, listen to that and contribute to that with verbal support, not tactile support.

Just my humble opinion.
Kelly

just.me said...

Let's ALL contribute at leat ten dollars and send them a lovely arrangement.

I do have pay-pal, but someone is going to have to help me figure out who and how to pay.

Heck, put me down for $20.00

Addministrator, how can I get the pay pal money to you?

just.me said...

Kelly,

I respectfully disagree.

JMO

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

I am in. Just give me directions on how to do it.

I understand what you are saying Kelly but sometimes it is not only allright to take a side it is necessary.

Kelly said...

Just.me,
I respect your opinion. If we're going to be blogging for a cause, as we have done on this site and others, let's blog for fairness and not thanking those who share our opinion.

If we are going to contribute 2 dollars, ten dollars or any dollars, let's pool that money for a really "single mom" who has her hands full, multiples, is at the end of her rope and is trying, really trying to make ends meet.

I think, at this point, we've made our voices loud and clear about the abuse the Gosselin kids have endured, the fame Kate seeks, the shame the family will forever carry for years to come.

My purpose on these blogs wasn't to bash Kate or Jon. My purpose was to express the outrage I felt and could share in the great wide internet with others who felt the same and wanted to make a change. I think we've begun to accomplish that change, with today's hearings in PA.

As much as I feel so appreciative about what Jody and Kevin did today and believe me, I teared up, listening to both of their testimony. It was sincere.

We bloggers have come out, as teabloggers against the injustice and exploitation of minors. We've been loud and clear. Let's continue to put the pressure on the legislative bodies to change the laws, protect the kids and make change.

Let's also take this energy to find those who are really trying to make ends meet, support their kids and not make their kids support them. I'm all for that. I'm just not looking to say, "I gotcha".

We've all become a community here. We share our thoughts, ideas and outrage. When Jon and Kate go away, and they will, will we? Will these days, weeks, months just sharing our thoughts and ideas be buried with Jon and Kate's fading star?

We are making a difference and a change in the laws and we will prevail so the laws protect those who can't protect themselves. Let's channel it to something more powerful, essential and makes a difference.

Wiley C said...

I have to agree with Kelly on this one. While it is a lovely gesture, I think Kevin and Jodi would feel more comfortable knowing they have our support - and continuing our unconditional support shows gratitude for stepping up to the plate today. Face it, in the days to come while Kate, TLC and the likes do damage control, Kevin and Jodi are facing a lot of public backlash. They'll need support more than ever.

And....sending flowers seems kind of stalker-ish to me.

Lauren said...

I would feel REALLY WEIRD receiving flowers from a bunch of bloggers. I suspect that's how Kevin and Jodi might feel as well.

I would probably toss them into the trash. It's just weird and I don't feel comfortable with it.

Maybe we could do something from this blog to Jodi's sister's blog perhaps???

Administrator said...

The other option is to make a donation to a children's charity in their name.

The reason I want to send them flowers is because they have been crucified in the media and continue to be, I want them to know there are just as many people who support them. I'm also aware it could be taken the wrong way, and do not want to make them feel "uncomfortable."

I am partisan. They are on team kids, as am I. That's partisan.

Lauren said...

LOOK AT THIS COMMENT......

Maybe we could make a group donation to Paul Peterson's group on behalf of Kevin and Jodi Kreider???

Administrator said...

What about a donation to Paul Peterson's group, with a note to Jodi and Kevin letting them know we have done so?

Lauren said...

I had the same idea as Admin...only two minutes later. LOL!!!!

Administrator said...

What might be easier is to have anyone who wants to do so, go to A Minor Consideration and donate directly to their cause in Jodi and Kevin's name. Then email me the amount you donate, and I will add it all up to get the total number. Then I'll let them know collectively we've donated X amount in their names.

my9cats said...

Lauren,
Now THAT's a terrific idea.
AMC could certainly use it to keep up the fight.
It doesn't even have to be on behalf of the Kreiders. Perhaps in honor of all the kids in the reality show business.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

I support whatever the community supports. I do understand what Kelly is saying. I just feel for Jodi & Kevin they are getting raked over the coals for doing the right thing.

dee3 said...

I'd be fine with donating to A Minor Consideration. I do feel that I am partisan on this issue and A Minor Consideration falls right in line with what I and what I assume all of us are working towards.

Coincidentally, when I heard about this hearing, I went to Paul Peterson's site and though the hearing wasn't directly referenced there, I was thinking about making a donation. And now I can do it as a group, which will be even better.

I also sent a thank-you e-mail to Rep. Murt the evening we learned about the hearing.

Let me know how the donation will be done. I've donated online to political campaigns and they provided sort of an online form to fill out which I was able to do with no problem. Will it be set up in a similar way?

Lauren said...

Hey thanks my9cats.

dee3 said...

OK...saw the new instructions posted. The only thing I'm unsure about is how to e-mail Administrator after I make the donation. When I click on the e-mail link, I get what looks like a generic e-mail page...and I'm not familiar with this. How does this work?
Thanks.

I also wanted to add that I also feel that Jodi and Kevin were crucified and that it was despicable. It takes immense courage to do the right thing.

itsaboutthekids said...

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...
I support whatever the community supports. I do understand what Kelly is saying. I just feel for Jodi & Kevin they are getting raked over the coals for doing the right thing.
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Irene, Not that it's easy for them, but I'm sure this comes as no surprise. Look what happened last time when they spoke out, same thing.

They became quiet for awhile after their TV appearance with Gloria Allred, and all those slamming them accused them of hightailing it out of Dodge.

Well, look whose back even stronger than ever, Kevin and Jodi, continuing to advocate for the welfare of the children. We just have to keep supporting them and keep the issue alive.

itsaboutthekids said...

Admin, could you make A Minor Consideration a link under your Favorite Links on the right? There's a LOT of good information on that site as well. Thanks! And congratulations on your success in court today! It must be quite rewarding to win a case when you know you're in the right.

my9cats said...

Done

just.me said...

I'll go with whatever you all decide.

I think it would be creepy to get flowers from a blog site, didn't think of that. It's also a little stalkerish, I guess.

It's nice when we have differing views, that we can see the other perspectives. I didn't think it through very well, and appreciate the ideas.

PSUmom said...

I just donated at A Minor Consideration and in the section where they had an optional note -- I put: In honor of Kevin & Jodi Kreider: for caring, for standing up for your nieces & nephews when it wasn't easy, for wanting to protect children everywhere & wanting to let children be children... Thank you!

my9cats said...

Forgot to mention, I used PayPal and not knowning where to put the In Honor Of... I placed it in the note to seller box. Hope it works.

just.me said...

Admin, I just sent twenty-dollars, and wrote "In appreciation of Jody and Kevin Kreider."

I can forward my email receipt if you you wish.

Pay-pal makes it easy!

just.me said...

cats, I did the same thing!

In that little message box!

HI 50 said...

Kelly, love reading your postings! Your suggestion is a good one, never thought of that in my outrage after the hearing's outcome.

Thank you for helping me to clear my mind.

Go TEAM 8! Honestly, I was leaning more toward Jon but I see TLC/Kate has his balls in their nut cracker...if it really is Jon tweeting.

my9cats said...

just.me...

Ahhh fine minds think alike!
It feels good doing something as a community.
I really love this site.
Kudos to Admin!

What a Bunch of BS said...

kevin and jodi are not on team kids...they are team kevin and jodi.

What do you think about the potty training scenes being supervised by Auntie Jodi? Funny they failed to mention that today. Hypocrites.

Ask them how much money they made selling family secrets to ROL?

Ask them how they paid off that second mortgage with cash right after their ROL interview. Coincidence...I think not.

Ask them about the book they are shopping around...it's not a story about them that's for sure. Oh yeah it must be about the Gosselins.

Can you say child exploitation??

If you're going to seek the truth...make sure you find all of it. Not just what you want to find.

NancyB said...

I love this idea! I have donated a few times in the past 2 yrs to his organization. He is just a class act. I know that Kevin and Jodi would really appreciate this. Watching Kart on Behar I am getting really pissed off--She just LIED again and said that Jodi and Kevin made hundreds of thousands of dollars off of her kids and that they must have ran out of money and that is why they did the hearing today. Is she this stupid???

Administrator said...

Still waiting for the sheeple/Kate/TLC to dispute ONE THING Jodi and Kevin said .... waiting......

my9cats said...

Well Lordy B. A troll has appeared.
Sorry, don't believe a word of it.
Provide proof.

just.me said...

I'm just thinking how aptly named that negative poster is.

BS, yep your name fits you!

dee3 said...

OK, donation done and I have the confirmation e-mail. Now I only have to figure out the e-mail to the Administrator part.

Thank goodness I'd saved my PayPal password written down near my computer. I could not for the life of me remember what it was.

mommyinca said...

Hey BS~ I don't see Kate or Jon going to congressional hearings to advocate for better child labor laws. Yep, those Kreiders really are out for themselves....so evident by their selfless actions today.

PS. How about a source for all your "info"?

just.me said...

They can't dispute the truth.


Who am I kidding? Khate lies without giving it a thought. I find it hard to believe her statement today saying that Jodi and Kevin have made hundreds of thousands of dollars by selling their story and the only reason they're talking now is because they ran out of money.

I did find it interesting that Khate went on to say she hasn't allowed them to see the kids in over two years. She thought that was something to be proud of? Denying the children close familial relationships is big with Khate.

dee3 said...

What a bunch of BS~

Sorry, you're gonna have to provide proof for all your claims.

And I call it whistle-blowing.

I've lived too many years and I know what I saw...and I know what I think.

just.me said...

Admin, can you post your email address so that we can forward our donation information? I can't do it with the link on the title page.

Hey, I'm horrible with computers.

dee3 said...

"...and the only reason they're talking now is because they ran out of money."

Well gosh, what a lucky coincidence for them that Rep. Murt decided to ask them to testify at his hearing right at that moment. And as far as I know, people who testify at hearings, do NOT get paid.

just.me said...

I think we need to ignore the BS.

Trolls feed on attention!

Just ignore.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

"What a Bunch of BS said..."

what a bunch of bs always says!

Kelly said...

What a bunch of BS,
I'll take your comment under advisement however, neither you nor Kate can refute either statement. Show proof and I'll respond. Otherwise, conjecture is like your handle....What a bunch of BS.

You can't handle the truth said...

What a Bunch of BS said...

kevin and jodi are not on team kids...they are team kevin and jodi.

What do you think about the potty training scenes being supervised by Auntie Jodi? Funny they failed to mention that today. Hypocrites.

Ask them how much money they made selling family secrets to ROL?

Ask them how they paid off that second mortgage with cash right after their ROL interview. Coincidence...I think not.

Ask them about the book they are shopping around...it's not a story about them that's for sure. Oh yeah it must be about the Gosselins.

Can you say child exploitation??

If you're going to seek the truth...make sure you find all of it. Not just what you want to find.

========================================
Dear Bunch of BS,
It seems that you have the Kreider siblings mixed up...if you double check the potty training episodes (and not listen/read Radaronline), you will clearly see that Jodi/Kevin did not potty train the boys with the bathroom door open to cameras. She opened the door AFTER the boys had completed what they had gone in the bathroom to do and they were completely dressed! HOWEVER, it was when the female Kreider, otherwise known as Kate, was training the kids, allowed the cameras to be focused on both the girls & the boys when they were sitting on their potties and pulling down their pull-ups/diapers/training pants. There was also an episode where Kate (not Kevin or Jodi) was bathing Hannah after she had pooped in her "unnawears" -- the little girl was NAKED in the bathtub! Another episode of showing nudity was when Jon (not Jodi or Kevin) was showering/bathing the children with the sprayer. Oh, and let us not forget the time that Jon & Bob (not Jodi or Kevin) put potties out on the sidewalk & let the cameras fixate on one of the boys with pants down sitting on the potty!

The Kreider's (Jodi & Kevin) were asked to testify at the PA hearing -- payments are NOT made to witnesses at such hearings!

Funny how when Jon was first 'caught' in bars and with co-eds all over PA, the 'fans' all said the pictures were doctored. That the guy in the photos was 'clearly' not Jon; it was his brother or it was an imposter. Then there was the accusation that the "haters" or "GWOP'ers" planted the stories. Fans also said that the publications that broke the stories were just "rags" and couldn't be believed. Hmmmmm --- seems like you believe them all now. What changed? Are you really wanting the truth or do you want to believe whatever Kate spews out of her mouth?

Where's the proof to "your" truth?

Administrator said...

If I post it it could be run for spam, so I'll post it with spaces, you will have to piece it together :)

writer 555 @ gmail . com

Anonymous said...

Admin: Why do you state there are only 2 options here? Why do you think Jodi and Kevin waited all this time to return to the media? The last time they did the "tour" about child advocacy it was smack dab when the show was on and there was a lot of J&K turmoil (which resulted in sky high ratings). Now they return right as Jon is filing papers (in the wrong court even!!! dumb lawyer) for custody and Kate is on one show, has a new book out, and is beginning two new shows. Timing is everything. Put me down for 2 bits which is more than they are all worth put together.

Administrator said...

Jodi and Kevin were ASKED by Rep. Muff, they did not make a calculated return: DEBUNKED!

Their return would always be "calculated" as Kate is ALWAYS in the media, so much so we ALWAYS know when she is home and when she's not, there would never be a good time to say the truth: DEBUNKED!

Jon did not file in the wrong court or he wouldn't have a hearing scheduled for May 25--the clerk tells you don't file here file in another court if you got it wrong: DEBUNKED!

itsaboutthekids said...

Admin, I sent you an email. :)

dee3 said...

"Why do you think Jodi and Kevin waited all this time to return to the media?"

The only thing coincidental to me was the announcement that the Gosselin children would be back on TV.

Who knows? If TLC had not arrogantly announced that the Gosselin children would be back on TV, there might not have even been a hearing.

I have no problem with Kate having her OWN show (Twist of Kate) without the children. I'm not sure how it will do since Kate has difficulty showing concern for anyone but herself....but I have no problem with Kate, a legal adult able to give legal consent...having her own show.

But the only coincidental thing here to me is that this hearing was announced shortly after TLC announced that the Gosselin children would be back on TV. Since Rep. Murt approached them to testify and not the other way around, there was no coincidence involving Jodi and Kevin, IMO.

just.me said...

Admin, sorry, but I sent you two emails!

Failed to include my pay-pal receipt with the first!

just.me said...

It will be fun to hear the total!

The truth is out there if you look for it said...

I'll give you back one of Irene and the rest of her Zlogging buddies like to use.

the truth is out there...you need to look for it just like we did...it is not my responsibility to do your research for you.

Funny how the tables are turned now. The zlogs dont' feel the need to prove anything but if you have a differing opinion you better prove it to them.

It's out there...all you have to do is look.

Paula said...

Someone forgot the new "anonymous" rule.

dee3 said...

See? Ad hominem attacks. So predictable.

Paula said...

Yes, the sheeple are predictable - ignorant, but predictable.

Administrator said...

Haha .... I'm having people donate DIRECTLY to Minor Consideration, and I'm still getting kickbacks!

Yeah Paul Petersen and I are in on this together, we planned it all out this afternoon.

TVSnark said...

Donations, MUCH better idea. Good thinking and I agree, flowers might creep them out. ALSO, flowers, although pretty and smelly, really are a waste of our money. I'd much rather see it go to AMC.

I can't give this week but when I do, I'll let you know.

You have a great group of commenters. I've enjoyed reading everybody's comments.

Administrator said...

Emails have been pouring in to my inbox with people letting me know their donation amounts. You folks are so generous! I think it will be neat to think about AMC opening up their paypal account tomorrow to find all these donations in Jodi and Kevin's name.

Administrator said...

"Funny how the tables are turned now. The zlogs dont' feel the need to prove anything but if you have a differing opinion you better prove it to them."

I've looked for all of Kate's bogus claims, and cannot find it. You cannot come up with evidence something is innaccurate if it doesn't exist.

just wondering said...

Admin.. I donated $10.00 but for some reason can't email you. Says I don't support the mail program or something like that. But I sent it.

dee3 said...

Administrator~ I donated $10 to A Minor Consideration also but I also cannot figure-out how to e-mail you....so I'm putting it here in case I can't manage to figure out how to do this by Saturday. If someone can explain to me how to do it...I do have the confirmation e-mail of the donation that I can send.

itsaboutthekids said...

Administrator said...
Emails have been pouring in to my inbox with people letting me know their donation amounts. You folks are so generous! I think it will be neat to think about AMC opening up their paypal account tomorrow to find all these donations in Jodi and Kevin's name.
~~~~~~~~~~~

I think this is exactly the kind of acknowledgement and support that will strengthen Kevin & Jodi in their resolve.

Thank you, everyone!

LancasterCountyMom said...

Hi,

I just sent a small donation to AMC in honor of Kevin and Jodi. (Sent you an email.) I feel so bad that no one from the Kreider/Gosselin families are publicly supporting them while they are standing up for the children. I am glad for this opportunity to help in some way.

LancasterCountyMom

just.me said...

The Admin posted her email address above. You just have to remove the spaces. I had the same problem trying to email her by using the link. But it went through fine with her address.

You can contact her at:

writer 555 @ gmail. com

Remove the spaces!

Gosselin Kids all the way said...

ADMIN: I just sent you my receipt...donated $30..It would interesting to see the grand total afterwards.

***This is the note I sent to AMC***
In honor to Kevin & Jodi Kreider who has shown true bravery and courage to protect Mady, Cara, Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Joel and Collin as well as children everywhere that are being exploited. Please know that you are both an inspiration and you have all of our support (even if you your own family do not). We love what you are doing and the fight you have both taken on. It will not be easy but most things that are important and precious in life require perserverance and integrity.
****

Thanks to you all for being such a supportive, positive and insightful bunch of bloggers!

just wondering said...

just me.. Thanks so much for the email addy. It worked.
I felt guilty about my measly $10.00 so I just sent another $20.00. I feel better now.

This was a wonderful idea!!

dee3 said...

just me~

Thank you so much for the help with sending the e-mail to the Administrator.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

Yes, Just wondering I only donated $25 and I feel bad. I think I am gonna try really hard to do it monthly through the end of the year.

It feels good to just do something. All the donations will add up.

Anonymous said...

Yes I am also planning to contribute. I have to check with my DH first though! But it will go to a great cause.

Bob in South Bend, Indiana

itsaboutthekids said...

Hi Irene,
Don't feel bad. $25 is a lot of money to some of us and every bit counts. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought I heard Rep. Murt say Paul Petersen paid for his own plane ticket in order to testify at the hearing. If nothing else, we've paid the air fare, but I'm sure when Admin does the final tally it will be a generous sum. You are right, it all adds up.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

Thanks itsaboutthekids. I had a great day. Got my head out of this twistin & spinnin. Went to the outlet & found brand name Crocs for 4.99 a pair for my little one. What a steal!

Kate could live such a comfortable life if she would just get her priorities straight.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

Thanks itsaboutthekids. I had a great day. Got my head out of this twistin & spinnin. Went to the outlet & found brand name Crocs for 4.99 a pair for my little one. What a steal!

Kate could live such a comfortable life if she would just get her priorities straight.

DeKonstruction Zlogger said...

Yes, Just wondering I only donated $25 and I feel bad. I think I am gonna try really hard to do it monthly through the end of the year.

It feels good to just do something. All the donations will add up.

Anonymous said...

Yes I am also planning to contribute. I have to check with my DH first though! But it will go to a great cause.

Bob in South Bend, Indiana

just wondering said...

just me.. Thanks so much for the email addy. It worked.
I felt guilty about my measly $10.00 so I just sent another $20.00. I feel better now.

This was a wonderful idea!!

LancasterCountyMom said...

Hi,

I just sent a small donation to AMC in honor of Kevin and Jodi. (Sent you an email.) I feel so bad that no one from the Kreider/Gosselin families are publicly supporting them while they are standing up for the children. I am glad for this opportunity to help in some way.

LancasterCountyMom

The truth is out there if you said...

I'll give you back one of Irene and the rest of her Zlogging buddies like to use.

the truth is out there...you need to look for it just like we did...it is not my responsibility to do your research for you.

Funny how the tables are turned now. The zlogs dont' feel the need to prove anything but if you have a differing opinion you better prove it to them.

It's out there...all you have to do is look.