Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#Giving Tuesday Nov 27th - Give a Gift that Helps the Poor in Haiti

A day of national giving? Right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 

The giving spirit continues! After you're stuffed with turkey, strung out on Black Friday deals and vegatated by online shopping on Cyber Monday, get back to the reason for the season: celebrating love and joy as a universal family.

#GivingTuesday has created a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season, typically the giving season's "opening day." The #GivingTuesday campaign will the world to help make this season the biggest giving season yet!

These funds will help provide relief, hope and dignity to the poor, elderly and homeless people of Haiti.To provide relief from malnutrition and water born illness by providing food and clean water to women, children and elderly living in slums and impoverished situations.To provide hope for the poorest children and orphans by funding education and housing.To strive, by the Grace and Greatness of God, to be the hands and feet of Christ in serving the most vulnerable Haitians. Your generous support means the world to the people of Haiti.

We at Reiser Relief thank you, Father Reiser thanks you, and the men, women, and children of Haiti thank you.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Mesi Anpil (Thank you!)

Thank you generous supporters to participating in Give to the Max Day 2012.  Yesterday was a tremendous success for Reiser Relief, Inc., and for the poor of Haiti.

In 24 hours we raised $23,995 on-line.

Off line donations are still coming in.

Out of over 4,000 non-profit organizations who participated in Give to the Max day, Reiser Relief, Inc. came in 81st place on the Main Leaderboard.

Among medium sized nonprofit organizations, Reiser Relief, Inc. came in 17th place on the Leaderboard.

Thank you generous donors for your excellent support.  We are well on our way toward our goal of funding the construction of the Fr. Reiser Memorial Elder Care Facility in Titanyen, Haiti.

All glory to God!  How great thou art!

Monday, November 12, 2012

24 Hours 4 Haiti Online Fundraiser 11-15-2012

24 Hours 4 Haiti Online Fundraiser is to provide aid for various Haitian projects supported by Minneapolis, Minnesota based Reiser Relief Inc, who is using GiveMN.org’s – ONLINE platform “Give to the Max Day” (GMTD) to help fund its relief efforts in Haiti, a good venue in keeping awareness alive for the needs in Haiti are great.

The GTMD online fundraiser is scheduled for November 15th and will run from 12:00 am to 11:59pm.


GiveMN’s online GTMD event is open to all Minnesota’s nonprofits and last year, in 24 hours, more than $13 million was raised for non-profits across the state. “Give to the Max Day” provides opportunities for donation dollars to go further, through various prize grants, your donation on November 15 could help the Reiser Relief win an additional $1,000; $5,000; and potentially $10,000 gifts. See our BLOG post for further details about Pre-Scheduleing a donation and winning Golden Tickets.

Ann Brau and Haitian school children
Ann Brau, President of Reiser Relief: “This exciting, one-day event allows thousands to come together and support their favorite organizations. My first visit to Haiti really touched my heart in a special way and my late uncle and founder Father Reiser felt we need to do something extra for Haiti, a country devastated in poverty.

One of our goals is to keep Father Reiser’s legacy alive by continuing to fund his projects in Haiti and be involved in helping to fund additional much-needed projects in Haiti as Father would have done.

Ann and Joyce filling up buckets of water
We were able to see firsthand some of the many projects Father Reiser and Reiser Relief are part of in Haiti. We were thrilled to see all that has been done (good things ARE happening in Haiti!), but extremely touched and saddened to see how much suffering still takes place there on a daily basis. The trip strengthened our belief that we at Reiser Relief CAN make a difference in Haiti -- a difference to the MAX.

You have the opportunity to make a huge difference for the poor in Haiti. With your help Reiser Relief can continue to provide essential services to many Haitian families in their day-to-day efforts for survival. These services include providing fresh water, stocking food centers, funding education and goal in 2013 is to fund a building of a home for the forgotten elderly. We strive to meet as many practical needs as possible in this struggling country.

Joyce and Ann working at a school
Thank you for participating as we work together to provide relief to the neediest people in the Western Hemisphere. We thank you for your interest and support in helping us spread HOPE to the men, women, and children of Haiti. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated.”


About Reiser Relief
Fr. Reiser and Haitian school kids
Reiser Relief Inc. is a volunteer run non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation founded by Father Bernard Reiser, who has been involved with Haiti outreach programs for over 13 years. Reiser Relief is based in Coon Rapids, MN and its mission is to help the impoverished people of the Caribbean country of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Donations to Reiser Relief have helped us construct classrooms and provide students with food and delivering clean water to families with our water truck that operates six days a week making four deliveries a day too many sections of the shanty town of Cite Soleil. You help us feed and educate children to provide a better life for the next generation of Haitians.

About GiveMN.org
GiveMN is a collaborative venture to transform philanthropy in Minnesota by growing overall giving and moving more of it online. GiveMN is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that is a supporting organization of the Minnesota Cmmunity Foundation.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Artwork by Artist Mark Sanislo

Reiser Relief Inc is honored to offer artwork by Mark Sanislo the artist who painted Fr. Reiser's portrait on his book Reiser's Ramblings.

Comments from Artist Mark Sanislo: “The portrait of Father on the cover of his book was originally painted and unveiled in 1999 for his 50th jubilee celebration to the priesthood.
Father Reiser was my pastor for most of my lifetime. In his last years not only was he a great confidant but a dear friend. So it was a great honor for me to paint his portrait and will rank as a favorite among the many portraits I have painted

We have a limited offering of various 5x7 framed prints and the Modonna and Child Christmas card.

All profits from the sale of Mark's artwork will go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Purchase Online Hardcover Reiser's Ramblings by Fr. Reiser

Hardcover of Reiser's Ramblings
Reiser Relief Inc is honored to announce the release of a "Memorial" hardcover edition of Reiser's Ramblings by our late founder, Father Bernard Reiser.

Purchase Online the hardcover edition of Reiser's Ramblings by Fr. Reiser at our Reiser Relief Online eCrater Store.

See our FREE Shipping offer for ordering 3 and/or 4 books.   See books marked for Qty 3 and Qty 4 purchasing options.  

All profits from the sale of Reiser's Ramblings go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief.  

"We couldn't be happier with the way the hardcover edition of Reiser's Ramblings has come together, it looks great and we are so happy with the design of the book" noted Ann Brau - Reiser Relief President and niece of author Fr, Reiser.

"We are proud to honor Father with a sentimental tribute by offering a "memorial" hardcover version of his book. I'm sure he would find the recognition to be both humbling and heartwarming."

Read recent article in the ABCNewspapers.

About the book

"Reiser's Ramblings" is a collection of daily/weekly meditations/devotions ~ daily reflections from the best columns written over the past three decades by Fr. Bernard Reiser, former pastor of Epiphany Parish in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. From farm living to an eternity in Heaven, Fr. Reiser brings together a wonderful collection of Christian spiritual "ramblings" that all of us can take to heart.

Hardcover books can also be purchased at:

Epiphany Catholic Church Gift Center

11001 Hanson Blvd NW Coon Rapids MN 55433
St. George Christian Books & Gifts

10904 Baltimore St. NE Blaine, MN 55449

Help Keep Father Reiser's Legacy Alive

Help Us Help Haiti
Donate Online on Nov 15th 2012
Minnesota's Give to the Max Day - Sponsored by GiveMN.org
See our blog for More Details?

It's 24 hour online fundraiser!!!
Help Reiser Relief win chances for hourly $1000 grants or a $10,000 grant.
Each donation puts your name in hat to be drawn out and have $1000 added
to your donation. Spread the word!!! Thank You!!!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Prepare The Way - Christmas Bazaar Nov 3 and 4.

Prepare The Way - Christmas Bazaar
Hosted by
The Church of the Epiphany
Saturday, November 3th ~~  9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 4th ~~ 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Reiser Relief will be at the Prepare The Way Christmas Bazaar hosted by the Church of the Epiphany - Coon Rapids, MN.  We will be selling framed pictures of our dear friend,  Fr. Reiser and various works of art from Haiti. All profits from the sales go to Haitian relief efforts sponsored by Reiser Relief Inc.   Stop by and say hello - we will be next to the Epiphany gift store.

Over 70 crafters, bake sale, raffle, Saint Nicholas, face painting, kid's corner (a place for kids only to shop for loved ones) and a café All Are Welcome Free Admittance

11001 Hanson Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Also NOW available is the much anticpated Memorial hardcover edition of Fr.  Reiser's book "Reiser's Ramblings" stop by and check it out.  Also read a recent article in the The Coon Rapids Herald about this new edition.

At our table, we will also be selling tickets for a Nov.14th Haiti Benefit Dinner - which is a "pre-game" kick-off to GiveMN's 24-hour online fundraiser " Give to the Max Day on Nov 15th, Click HERE for more infomation on how to Help Reiser Relief in keeping Father Reiser's Legacy of serving the poor in Haiti alive.

Thank you for participating as we work together to provide relief to the neediest people in the Western Hemisphere. We thank you for your interest and support in helping us spread HOPE to the men, women, and children of Haiti. Any contribution you can make is greatly appreciated.

Ann Brau
President, Reiser Relief
Father Reiser’s niece