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Hi everyone, my name's Kerry! I'm 21 years old and from the US. This will be my sixth year participating in this community and I'm super excited about it.

1. Penguins. They're my favorite animal and I have a pretty sizable collection, but more is always welcome! It doesn't necessarily have to be stuffed animals, either. In past years I've had people give me some pretty neat glass penguins and whatnot. Anything is awesome!
2. Coins. Anything rare or cool that you think I might like. It doesn't necessarily have to be old. My grandma started a coin collection forever ago and when she passed away it was given to me. In recent years I haven't had enough time to work on it, but I'd really like to start getting into it again. Also, if anyone has any good advice for displaying it that would be nice.
3. Good thoughts for my boyfriend who, after working on his newest CD for almost a year has had to put it on hold because of a bad case of acid reflux. He's a singer, so his voice is really important to him and we're hoping any damage that was done isn't permanent... so prayers or anything would be appreciated. <3
4. On that note, check out his music for me! NicholasWellsMusic.com. Let me know if you like it - and of course share it with other people if you do. Thank you! :)
5. Anything Roy/Riza related from Fullmetal Alchemist. Doujinshi, merch, fic, icons, fanmix... You can't go wrong with these two for me. Or anything Roy-tachi related, for that matter.
6. Love Actually on DVD. Roommate lost my copy u__u;
7. Cadbury chocolate. It's my favorite.
8. Christmas cards!
9. Anything historical and awesome. I'm a complete history buff (studying it in school, in fact) and so I love anything that has to do with it. If you have any old magazines, newspaper articles, journals, letters, scrapbooks, some type of artifact that's just sitting in your attic, give it to me - I will be glad to take it off your hands lol. Or even just share a cool story about your grandparents' involvement in WW2! I love stuff like that. Or if there's any good history books you've read recently (on anything, I'm not very picky) then feel free to recommend them to me.
10. Letters. Okay, this one's kind of long. I received a forwarded e-mail from my uncle earlier today - the e-mail was written by a friend of his and it read:

I need your help.  I am trying to gather love letters for a woman named Michelle.  I think she needs them desperately.
Yesterday, at San Diego Hospice, I met Michelle.  She is 57 and dying of metastasized cervical cancer which causes her a great deal of pain.  Michelle’s face is a little distorted, not ugly but not quite normal, and she is extraordinarily self conscious about it.  When I came into her room, she covered her face with her hands, or a magazine, and put on oversized sunglasses.  Michelle is a black Baptist.  She likes scripture and she likes to pray – actually, she likes other people to pray for her because she is not sure she is worthy to pray for herself. 
The whole conversation with her was about love.  She started with “how do I learn to love everybody?”  She explained that people who love everybody “will be rewarded.”  Before long, that moved closer to what I think is the real issue when I asked her “do you feel loved?”  She responded by asking what she called The Million Dollar Question:  “How do you love yourself?” 
She seems to be someone who not only does not know love, but does not believe she is “lovable.”  She is overwhelmed by her imperfections, in her appearance and her life, and is not at all sure that she is lovable enough to be with God.
This morning I woke up thinking palanca.  This woman needs a big basket of love.  I collected about 20 love letters from the St Monica’s Prayer Group this morning and would like more from you.  Please prayer for Michelle and please write her a note that I will deliver with many dozens more.  You can e-mail it to me or give it to me tomorrow at grouping.  Feel free to ask others to write to her also.  The more the better.
De Colores,

So basically, I thought it would be really nice if people here would write this woman some letters - they don't have to be long, just a paragraph or something - letting her know that she's beautiful, that God loves her, stuff like that. If none of my wishes are granted, I hope that this one is, at least. And if you know anyone else who might be interested in writing a letter, don't hesitate to spread the word! All letters can be e-mailed back to me (kerlanger@gmail.com) and I'll make sure they make it to Michelle.
Email me on lj with your addy and remind me of penguins.

And as a cervical cancer survivor, I prayed for Michelle.
6. Love Actually on DVD.

Full screen, widescreen, or blu-ray? :D

Also: I would like to write that lady a letter, so we'll see if I can actually do it without being overcome by awkwardness. I'll send it to you if I make it through :D
It doesn't really matter, though not blu-ray because I can't play those... um, I guess full screen? I think that was what I had before... I can't remember. XD; Either is fine, though.

Also yeah, you definitely should write a letter. We'll discuss this on aim and hopefully I can help you freak out less about it, as I'm sure you're doing... <3
A history story, of sorts.

My paternal grandfather was drafted into the army during World War One, but before he could be shipped out to Europe, caught a whopping case of Spanish Influenza.

Grandpa spent three weeks in a military hospital swimming in his own sweat and fluids on a tiny cot. He did construction work for the remainder of his enlistment.

Ever since that experience, though, Grandpa could not sleep lying down when he was sick. He'd lean himself up against a wall instead and sleep that way, summer or winter.

We knew the end was coming when he could no longer manage to sleep standing up when he got ill.
Thank you so much for sharing! I really do love stories like this, so know you've made me very happy. The human element of history is what is most fascinating to me, so to hear stuff like this is so interesting to me. So often I feel like we look at history and see the dates and facts, the big name people, but we forget that there were millions of other people out there impacted by the same events in all these different ways...

Again, thank you so much for sharing.
I would love to send a Christmas card
I would like to send you a Christmas Card To brighten up your Day Please email your addy and add in your subject line to help me remember what to send as i have lots of wishes to fulfill sincerely Rochella
please email me your postage address - po.box177@gmail.com and remind me I have promised to send you some Australian coins.