Fake Ad: July 2018
by Jay Forstner
From the August, 2018 issue
Every so often--with the emphasis on "so often"--the Fake Ad contains an idea for a business or organization that many Fake Adders think should really exist. The July ad for Tea Angels (page 26) elicited more of those responses than any Fake Ad in recent memory.
Many of the 125 readers who correctly identified the ad also thought that Tea Angels should be a real organization. "While searching for the fake ad, the first time we came across the Tea Angels ad, my girlfriend remarked that a place to go and drink tea and talk to a stranger about whatever you wanted 'would just be too good to be true,' which may have given it away," wrote Ethan Sutton, who won this month's drawing. "Maybe a market for something like that exists?" Ethan, please let us know where you'd like to take your $25 gift certificate.
So, here's the challenge: Somebody start this. It's a very simple idea, really. A group of volunteers who agree to go and have a cup of tea and a bit of conversation with someone who just needs a friend. It wouldn't cost much. It probably wouldn't take too much effort to organize. And it would be a wonderful service for people in need.
Who wants to make it happen?
To enter this month's contest, find the fake ad in the August issue and follow the instructions in the box at the bottom of the Back Page. The fake ad always contains the name of last month's winner in some form.
from Calls & Letters, Sept. 2018
To the Observer:
Like many of your readers, several of our staff and volunteers noted with interest the July fake ad for "Tea Angels," and wanted to spread that word that WE ARE HERE! Although specific to adults who are grieving the death of a loved one, GrieveWell's Peer Support program matches individuals with "A friend who will listen. A friend who won't judge. A friend who understands." Great minds think alike!
More information about our programs and services can be found on our website www.GrieveWell.com or calling (734) 975-0238.
Amy Friedman Milanovich
[Originally published in August, 2018.]
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