Robin Tolsma Will Make A Guest Appearance At The Great Made In America Store Christmas Event

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Robin Tolsma, the author of ‘Everything Changed’ will be at the Made In America Store’s Christmas event. The event will bring live performances, food catering and some Made In America Store vendors.

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Robin Tolsma will be on site signing copies at the Great Made In America Store Christmas

When you attach a voice and a story to a piece of legislation - if that doesn't move congressmen and senators, they shouldn't be here.

The Made In America Store is kicking off their holiday event this Saturday and there will be plenty for the community to do. Robin Tolsma, the Author of ‘Everything Changed’ will be on site signing copies of her 100% US manufactured book.

Robin Tolsma's book talks about how her life drastically changed on February 12th, 2009 when Flight 3407 plummeted out of the frozen sky and crashed, killing her husband Darren Tolsma on board and 48 other individuals on the aircraft including one man in the home the plane had hit. Speculation swirled around Western New York and the nation as to how something like this could happen. 50 people total were killed in the accident and many families were affected by the tragedy.

Consumers looking for a copy of Robin Tolsma's book, "Everything Changed," about Flight 3407 can visit or can visit our location at 900 Maple Road in Elma, New York. 14059

After the media attention and the public "Thank you's" to the first responders and cleanup crews subsided, Tolsma and the families affected by the accident set their goal on changing some rules and regulations to have better pilot training.

The new federal Aviation Administration, or FAA bill, that robin is trying to pass, states that new pilots require at least 1,500 hours devoted to flight time upon being hired as opposed to the current 250 hours flying time needed today. The new piece of legislation has passed the House of Representatives but is on hold at the Senate.

"People like Robin Tolsma are very important," said New York Congress Representative, Chris Lee. "When you attach a voice and a story to a piece of legislation - if that doesn't move congressmen and senators, they shouldn't be here."

Robin Tolsma is dealing with more than just the accident and heading the movement to change the FAA rules. Tolsma was diagnosed seven years ago with the autoimmune disease lupus and just a few months before Darren's passing, she discovered she had leukemia. With what looked like the odds being against her, she is still more concerned about her children.

"I'm going to be fine," said Tolsma of her illness. "But my fear is I don't want to leave the kids without a parent. I think of that all the time."

The Great Made In America Store Christmas will start at 10am and go until 4pm. The event will be catered by Dale’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, where he will be offering his signature Barbecued Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salt Potatoes and Chicken Wing Soup. Consumers that visit the Made In America Store for the event will be given a chance to win a Christmas tree from local farmer, Berner’s.

The Made In America Store will be presenting Nashville Recording Artist, Ricky Lee. Ricky teamed up with the Made In America Store back in April of 2010 and since then, Ricky has performed numerous Made In America Store events, Country Music Concerts and Charity events. Fans and Made In America shoppers can enjoy some of Ricky’s original songs, Country hits of today and some Christmas jingles.

For the children, the Great Made In America Store Christmas will have live alpacas and Santa Claus is schedule to make a visit. Matt Hannah from ‘Insane Chain’ will be on sight all day long sculpting something special for the holiday season. Matt, with his uncanny ability to sculpt with just a chainsaw, has been at every Made In America Store events. Matt even has some of his artwork for sale at the store.

The Great Made In America Store Christmas will also bring some of the store’s vendors out to display their US made products. Robin Tolsma and Baldwin Hill Farm will all make a presence for the Christmas event. Robin Tolsma, the author of “Everything Changed,” will be doing live book signings and interviews. Bubble’s BBQ Sauce will on site to sample their signature sauce for anyone to try. Baldwin Hill Farms will also be at the event giving samples of their products. Baldwin Hill Farms is known for their Maple Syrup and delicious Maple Candies sold at the Made In America Store.

Back in 2007, Mark Andol had lost a multimillion dollar contract to a Chinese manufacturer at his steel fabrication facility, General Welding & Fabricating. The loss was so catastrophic; Mark was forced to lay off a third of his workforce just to stay afloat.

“It was one of the hardest things I had to do during the holiday season,” said Mark Andol. “Christmas just isn’t the same when you have to lay off your brother-in-law.”

Mark Andol, owner and creator of the Made In America Store, would like to let everyone know there is more to the store and the event than just a time to have fun. Mark makes it known to everyone that visits the store this time of year, it’s more important than ever to buy American.

“A lot of Americans don’t have jobs right now,” said Mark Andol. “If we can all spend just $64 this holiday, we can collectively create 200,000 US jobs. Feel better about your purchases that are American. Not only are you supporting a US based company, you’re saving and creating jobs this Christmas season.”

The Made In America Store is the only brick and mortar store that sells 100% made in the United States products from over 350 vendors. Consumers can visit or call 716-652-4872 to get more information or shop our catalog of over 3,500 items. Both Active Duty Military Personnel and U.S. Military Veterans receive a 10% discount every day. Followers of the “Made In America” movement can keep updated with the Made In America Store through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, FourSquare and even their own blog on Wordpress!

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