Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Auction to Help Famine Victims is Now Live

Since it was African famine victims who set me on the course to end food waste, I feel compelled to do what I can to help those suffering from hunger.

From June 1 to June 10, I'll be auctioning off items that I made or my friends donated. ALL the proceeds will go toward a charity that sends supplies to disaster survivors, including the millions of people dying from famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.

According to Unicef USA, 1.4 million children are likely to die of starvation in the four-country famine crisis. Not 1.4 million people; 1.4 million children. 

Families are walking for days in search of food; some communities have lost all their toddlers.

We can do something! And in return for your generosity, you'll get to take home one of the items from my auction. *wink wink*

So please, check out the items, share if you feel so inspired, maybe let a friend know if you see anything he or she might want to bid on.

This is my first fundraiser so it's going to be small, but I hope that as my online presence and influence grows, I'll be able to raise large funds in the future. For now, every bit of your support helps.

​Thank you!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kismet Bookstore - My Own Virtual Bookstore!

I always wanted to own a bookstore, so I finally decided to host one online! Kismet Virtual Bookstore has 200+ of my favorite titles. Every book links to Amazon where you can find great prices and quick shipping.

You can check it out at

My New Blog! No Scrap Left Behind: A Year Without Wasting Food

As I mentioned before, I haven't been able to get the famine victims in Africa out of my head. Finally, I made the commitment never to waste food again. It just makes me ill to throw out food; honestly, it feels like a slap in the face to everyone going without.

Besides, I wouldn't mind a smaller grocery bill. I certainly wouldn't mind cooking less!

So, I decided to turn my new lifestyle habit into a blog, and after I've done it for a year, I plan on turning it into a book. If you'd like to read more about how to never waste food again, come visit me at

Monday, March 13, 2017

Why I'm Starting an Online Auction for Famine Victims

Yesterday while reading the Daily Skimm, I learned about the famine victims in Yemen, Somalia, and Nigeria. There are always famine victims somewhere in the world, but this particular one affected me deeply.

While doing research for my novel, Voodoo Queen, I read about a Haitian woman who would give her children salt water before bed so their hunger pains wouldn't keep them awake at night. That just hit me in the gut. I have two toddlers, and it physically hurts when their needs aren't being met. What it would be like to hear them crying for food and to have nothing to give them?

So as I read about millions of people dying of hunger in other countries, I imagined that all over again. That hurt to think about, but one line at the end of the article changed me:

"Some communities have lost all their toddlers."

I thought of my girls and started crying...not the good kind of crying where you let out your emotions and feel better afterwards. The kind of crying that aches so much, you just want to forget about it.

I wanted to help. Doesn't everyone? Usually I would have just donated money and let that be it, but the thing is, I had already planned a fundraiser to raise money for grad school. This left me with a choice; I could either go forward with my plans to do an online auction for my education, or I could use the same amount of planning and energy for famine victims. 

I really want that money for grad school. But I also couldn't live with myself if I had a chance to raise money for dying toddlers and I chose not to.

How You Can Help

On June 1st, the auction is going to go live on In the meantime, I'm going to collect crafts, treats, and new and barely-used items that can be easily shipped. If you have any talents to share (and don't be modest; I know you do) or items you want to give, send an email to teralynpilgrim (at) gmail (dot) com with:
  • a picture of the item
  • a one sentence description
  • an estimated value
  • and a shipping cost. 

When the auction closes, I will message you with the address to send the item to and money to ship it.

Some of the items I already have for the auction are:

  • painted wood block letters
  • a 3D-printed dinosaur skull
  • a family cookbook
  • glass goblets
  • a wooden plaque

I can't do this on my own, so thank you for your help!

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