Contribute to MANA's 2018 Blog Continuous Short Story and Help "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul"

After enjoying much success over the past five years, (MANA) will continue its annual fundraiser that helps non-profit organizations provide services to those in need. MANA does not ask for monetary contributions, but asks instead for written contributions to MANA’s Blog Continuous Short Story. 

MANA and its parent company, Robbie Dean Press, have supported various charitable projects over the years through posts on "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story.” Click HERE to read the 2017 Blog Continuous Short Story.

The designated charity for 2018 is "Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul." U-Haul International and Humble Design have teamed up to create a non-profit organization that helps families transition out of homeless shelters and into homes, according to the non-profit's website. 

Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul accepts donated household goods to provide furnishings and design services that turns an empty house into a clean, dignified and welcoming home. The non-profit has been featured on NBC Nightly News. Based in Pontiac, Michigan, Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul has locations in Chicago and Detroit, and plans to open locations in San Diego and Seattle.

According to Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul, about up to half of all families become homeless again within one year of leaving shelters, but that number sharply declines to 1 percent for families who receive Humble Design—Fueled by U-Haul's services, the organization says on its website. To learn more about Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul, visit the organization's website at: Click HERE to read an article about the organization.

Now, here is how "MANA's Blog Continuous Short Story" works: 

1. The photo in the upper-left hand side of this blog post serves as a prompt. The first person to post can write five sentences or more based on the photo prompt. 

2. The next writer should add to the story of the first post. After that, every writer should add to the story of the previous writer.

3. For every 10 posts of five sentences or more, MANA will donate $10 (up to $500) to Humble Design-Fueled by U-Haul.

This activity is twofold: It provides money to an organization that helps homeless families transition from a shelter into a furnished home,and will allow an opportunity for you to be a part of a creative experience. 

To post your comments, look for the word, "COMMENTS" below this post and click on it. You will be able to add your comments to the page as many times as you would like. Also, encourage others to post so that you can release your creativity and help families get furniture for their homes in 2018!


  1. My name is Sam. It is short for Samantha,I really dislike my name so please call me Sam. I live in New Jersey in an apartment with my dad. Our apartment is right on the Hudson River. I like to look out the window, which faces the river and make up stories of living in New York City.

  2. One of my most favorite stories I make up about living in New York City is the one where I live in the Penthouse across the river. Thinking about it motivates me because someday I wish to live there in my own fancy apartment. I know it's a long shot, but someday I'll get there I just don't know how. I like to think that someday I'll make money being a big movie director living in that very Penthouse across the river.

  3. I always have my camera on hand. Waiting to capture the perfect moment on film. Sometimes I'll even go home and edit on my dads computer for fun just to see how it'll turn out. My dad is actually the person who got me into film. He would always let me record on his old VHS. It's something I'm really grateful for.

  4. One day, I hope to be able to attend NYU for college and pursue a film degree. I've heard that that's the place to be if you want to make it in film. It's a tough school to get into but I'm pretty sure I can do it. After all, I am extremely motivated. In one of the stories I like to make up, I'm a film student saving up for the fancy penthouse I always see.

  5. My story goes a little like this... I wake up bright and early in my NYU dorm room eager to start the day. It's 6am but you can already hear the bustle and excitement of the city outside my window. I make my morning coffee, through on some clothes with a big jacket overtop since it is kind a chilly, and make my way out of the dorm for class.

  6. Class is my favorite part of the story. I have never been to a real college class before, but I like to image what it would be like. A room full of students eager to learn and pursue their dreams. I always try and imagine the type of friends I'll make. I can imagine they'll be like this...

  7. They'll be so fun and ready to adventure in the city. They will of course, have the best fashion. They also won't EVER call me Samantha because as I mentioned, I hate when people call me that. I love thinking about made up stuff. Daydreaming about my life in New York City is something that gets me away from life at home, in New Jersey.