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Please help get Leticia back to Germany
$1,652 raised
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3 Years running
Dear Community and Friends: Thank you in advance - Danke im voraus! For reading and caring and understanding in the first place. For support of any kind in the second place. For being in my life - top place!

Dear Community and Friends:

Thank you in advance - Danke im voraus! For reading and caring and understanding in the first place. For support of any kind in the second place. For being in my life - top place!

I have categorized this fundraiser as family, but it is also community. A community is a family, and vice versa. So I am asking my family, my community, for assistance, and am offering something in return as well.

Those of you who attended an event in 2013 in California may have witnessed my teary-eyed dinner address, in which I expressed my deep desire to go back and visit Germany to see my family and homeland. I hear from my cousins that my last grandmother, who is 92, is declining fast now and not expected to live long. Both of my parents had significant surgeries and other health issues since I saw them last. As of May 2014, my father has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, while my mother has just now recovered from her traumatic 2012 breast cancer surgery. Yes, it is time to go home and see them. (Note: I have not been to Germany since October 2011.)

In addition, I need to reconnect with the earth of my birth country, and the community that I am in touch with over there. Anyone who understands ancestors and ancestry, home earth, birth place, the return to where we came from, etc., will comprehend why I need to do this. It has become harder and harder being an expat with no blood family near, especially on holidays, birthdays, and whenever life strikes one of its blows.

After a long bout of unemployment, I have a good job again since July 2013. And I thought I could do it on my own - for nearly a year now. I hesitated to ask for help. Now the homeland visit has become more pressing, and my finances (adding to it a failed marriage and urgent car repair) are too far behind to allow this kind of trip any time soon without some extra help. In the end, I now had to swallow my pride and self-proclaimed independence! I would like to go to Germany in late September if possible, and need to buy my ticket soon. I cannot ask family for help as my parents have already exhausted that avenue.

Round trips to Germany currently cost about $1300 during the off-season. I will only need a little more to pay for getting around when I am there, as for the most part I will stay with family and friends, and hopefully be able to use a family member's car.  In total I would need over $2000, so the rest of it will come from myself. The currency rate will claim about another 1/3 of the total dollar amount.

Already donated prior to this fundraiser have been $300, and for those contributions I greatly thank Catherine Howard, Rob Gaude, Hrafnar Kindred, Kalevala Sinivuokko, and a young man whose name escapes me as I have only met him briefly once.

So, I want to offer a gift for a gift, as is common within my own faith. Please also check the "Perks" section for individual details.

A)

I will take your special prayers with me to Germany. Whoever feels close to that country, its earth, or has ancestors there, send me your prayers or offerings. I can bury them at specific sites, or speak them in the forest, or burn them and spread/bury their ashes. I can also bring back a bit of earth and water. The top sites I plan to visit (this can always change, though) are within a 4 hour driving radius:

1)  Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann/Arminius memorial statue), in Detmold, Lower Saxony; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermannsdenkmal

2)  Externsteine, in Horn-Bad Meinberg, Lower Saxony (20 minutes from the Hermannsdenkmal); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externsteine

3)  Frau Holle Pond, near Germerode, Hesse, and cave (about 2 hours from the Externsteine); http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frau-Holle-Teich (English wiki page nearly non-existent)

4)  Opfermoor (ancient Germanic sacrificial moor), in Oberdorla/Niederdorla, Thuringia (1 hour from Frau Holle Pond); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opfermoor_Vogtei

5)  My birth city Dresden in modern day Saxony. This is a must for me personally, it's the place I come from. My connections to Dresden run deep. My entire maternal line was born in Dresden. If anyone has an affinity to that part of the country, or to the Elbe river, I can take your prayers there as well and bring back tokens.

B) 

Buy a finished item or request a custom item from my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BalisRuna

I will ship it to you for free. Also, instead of donating here, you can just go there and order something the regular way!

This is what I can offer in return for your gift. I cannot possibly express how important this is to me, or how much I appreciate your contribution.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do contact me! You know how to reach me...

(Please note: This fundraiser is not free, and a percentage is taken, otherwise these websites could not exist. I kept the amount I hope to raise as low as I possibly could, adding to it what I can save as well - yet my car repairs have priority at the moment, and that is where all of my current saved up monies have to go. I also just gave up my apartment and am back to renting a room, to save even more over the next couple of years. And I have two part-time jobs in addition to my full-time job to make all of this happen.)

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Take Prayers, Wishes, Requests to Sacred Sites
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The top sites I plan to visit (this can always change, though) are within a 4 hour driving radius:

1) Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann/Arminius memorial statue), in Detmold, Lower Saxony; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermannsdenkmal

2) Externsteine, in Horn-Bad Meinberg, Lower Saxony (20 minutes from the Hermannsdenkmal); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Externsteine

3) Frau Holle Pond, near Germerode, Hesse, and cave (about 2 hours from the Externsteine); http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frau-Holle-Teich (English wiki page nearly non-existent)

4) Opfermoor (ancient Germanic sacrificial moor), in Oberdorla/Niederdorla, Thuringia (1 hour from Frau Holle Pond); http://en.wikipedia.or
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Wares from my Etsy shop
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Pick a finished item or request a custom made item from my Etsy shop, either through this site or separately.
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