Delightfully Gluten Free (TM)

GF Food Manufacturers?

I have been reading lately.  A lot.  It is a Christmas gift I gave myself.  Unfortunately, the time that I have spent reading is when I would usually be doing some blogging.  I’m halfway through Leven Thumps and the Wrath of Ezra, and I think it’s the last book that I have to consume for awhile.  (But there’s always the public library, right?)

Did you check out our book sale?  Please help out North Texas GIG.  We have too many books left over from the conference.  (And help me out – I now have to bring them all home and tote them around each month.  Thank goodness I bought a Tahoe this summer.)

To the meat of the post:

The North Texas Gluten Intolerance Group is gearing up for our annual walk (which we haven’t been able to have the last 2 years).  This year, our walk is entitled Moving Feet Without Wheat, and will be held on May 16th.

One of our biggest (and most fun) fundraisers at this event is a raffling of baskets.  (Most of the money we raise will go to Celiac Research.)  At our last walk, we had 85 large baskets of gluten-free food (and some other things, like kitchen tools and cookbooks), valued at about $50-$100 each.  People buy tons of tickets for these baskets.  We have a container for tickets for each basket, and people can drop in as many tickets for a particular basket that they want.  That way, nobody gets something they don’t like (ingenious, isn’t it).

We rely almost completely on the good will of gluten-free food manufacturers to send us these goods.  At our last walk, we had around 300 people in attendance.  Our numbers have grown significantly since then, and we expect 500.  We want to have lots of baskets and samples available for all of these people.

What does this mean for you?

If you are a casual reader of my blog, would you please leave me a comment and let me know which are your favorite companies so that I can contact them.  If you know of fairly new gluten-free companies, please mention them, too.  There are many new manufacturers.

If you belong to a company that produces gluten-free foods, please email me at delightfullyglutenfree at gmail dot com.  We are looking for products for the baskets, samples, gift certificates and coupons.  The best thing, for me, is seeing the children taking the samples, and being so excited that they can eat anything there.

We are also in need of financial sponsors, if you or someone you know would like to contribute.  (It is tax deductible, and I can provide you with our 501(c)3 number.)  More information for this will be forthcoming.

If you would like to contribute in any other way, please feel free to email me at delightfullyglutenfree at gmail dot com.

Important tidbits:

  • The walk is scheduled for May 16th in Arlington, Texas (River Legacy Park, for those who are local).
  • Items for the baskets will need to be received by April 4th, so that we can get the baskets assembled.
  • We expect around 500 people.  We try to advertise as much as possible through local media and doctors’ offices.
  • It’s not just a walk.  We will have a bounce house, face painting, and a picnic lunch (which we would also appreciate product for).
  • I will post more when we have registration forms.  🙂