Can You Help – Fulfilling my Brother’s Wish

My brother, Paul, is returning from Afghanistan this month where he has been stationed in the middle of absolute nowhere for the past year.  Paul is a trauma nurse, one of those guys that are on the front lines working in a tent with no running water saving the lives of soldiers.  To say that having him in Afghanistan has been hard for my family would be an understatement but now with the count down finally happening we are hoping to see him by Christmas.  This is where I need someone’s help and I figured this would be the easiest way to do since it seems I have many connected people in my personal learning network.  Paul  is a massive Maple Leafs fan, in fact, I have not encountered many people who are more loyal to their team.  So I would love to get him a signed Maple Leaf shirt for Christmas.  It is a small gift but it would be the biggest surprise for him in the world.  This would be a way for my family to celebrate that he is around to watch another season of hockey…

So can anyone out there help me get a signed shirt for him?  I would pay for everything, he is a size large, but it is the signatures that would make the whole world of difference.  I would appreciate it if you would pass this on to anyone who could possibly help.  I hope you don’t mind me asking.

Update:  2 days after posting this I was contacted by both Dallas Eakins, Head Coach of the Toronto Marlies and Jon Sinden A social media marketer for the Maple Leafs.  They have promised to help me fulfill this wish.  This could not have been done without the massive power of my PLN, there was no official route to do this through since I am not a charity.  I cannot tell you how absolutely thankful I am to all the people who have helped. 

I will update more when I know more.  This again shows how we must all pay it forward.  I look forward to helping someone else out.

2 thoughts on “Can You Help – Fulfilling my Brother’s Wish”

  1. I am glad to hear this Pernille, this is the response that I received when I inquired.Dear Kim Gill,Thank you for your inquiry. Due to the large amount of donation requests Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment receives, all requests for charitable or merchandise donations should be directed to our Community Relations department at the following address: [ ] As for autographs, they are done at the discretion of the players, so you would have to write to them individually at the following address. We do not encourage fans to send in items to be signed as we cannot guarantee their return. Players Name 50 Bay St, Suite 500 Toronto, ON M5J 2L2 Letters sent to this address will be forwarded directly to the player's fan mail but due to the overwhelming amount of mail received, we are unable to confirm or guarantee a response. Thanks for being such a big fan!

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