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Sasha Martin - OKC Foster Walk & FCAA Fundraiser

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May 24, 2017

I'm thrilled to announce that, thanks to the generosity of so many friends and family, we've met and exceeded 50% of our goal!  We'll be walking  See more

BENEFITING: Foster Care Alumni Of America

EVENT: Oklahoma City, OK Foster Walk

EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2018

Sasha M.

THE STORY:

There's a small part of me that's afraid to ask for help. Afraid to need something from someone else. Desperate to not be "a bother." I grew up in and out of foster homes, guttering with each transition like a candle moving from room to room. Some of my siblings also spent time in care. My father was in a boy's home and eventually ran away. My brother Damien died from suicide at age 14 - a victim of terminal heartbreak. 


There are millions of stories like ours. 


I believe foster children are OUR children. Even if we don't actively foster youth. Even if we don't have plans to adopt.  


It is easy to push thoughts of those "poor kids" aside as someone else's problem. But the truth is, their families can't (or won't) take care of them. Not right now. Maybe not ever. SO. These children are OUR children.  And they need us - not just when they're little, but even after age 18, when - let's be honest - adulting gets real, even for the most advantaged youth. I was lucky to have the support of caring family in my twenties and beyond, but many foster youth do not have a support system for all the normal growing up questions - how to do taxes, how to get their first loan, what to wear at a job interview, and even who to spend the holidays with.


We, the larger community are called to help. 


Tonight: They gutter.  

Unaswered cries 

for a mother, 

a father.


Heartbreak happens

in the space,

in the silence. 


Some harden.

Others cave - 

flame extinguished.


Unless, today,  

before such a night: 

Hope, resounding with 

the boom and echo of footfall,

the whisper of arms opening.

You and me and we. 


We CAN help.


This year I invite you to walk with me at the Oklahoma City Foster Walk on June 3rd and/or donate what you can to support the Foster Care Alumni of America.  If just 20 people gave $50, we'd make goal! But don't worry if that's too much - Every little bit helps - even $1.00. If you aren't able to contribute financially, simply sharing this request on social media helps and, for that, I thank you. 


Your donation supports the Foster Care Alumni of America: 


Official FCAA statement:


"It is estimated that 12 million people have experienced foster care in the U.S. Many of us left care without a strong community and still experience the effects of child abuse and trauma well into adulthood. Foster Care Alumni of America empowers our peers to build a strong community and use their collective voice for change. 


When you support our FosterWalk events, it benefits our national organization and our local chapters. Funds raised from the FosterWalks empower foster care alumni through peer support, leadership development and advocacy." 


Learn more: www.fostercarealumniofamerica.org


What's that? You want to walk? 


Yay! 


Here are the details:


June 3rd 10:00 AM

Oklahoma State Capitol,

2300 North Lincoln Blvd., 

Oklahoma City, OK 73105


Kid friendly. Food Trucks will be there. Keith, Ava and I will be there.


Oh, and P.S.


Consider sharing this fundraiser with your community. 


We'd like more folks to know about the FCAA (I wasn't even aware of it until a couple of years ago) and the services they provide. Thank you for your time and consideration.


xxoo Sasha


DONATE

To This Fundraiser

$704

MONEY RAISED
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  • Sasha M.

    $100

  • Veronique Lepoutre

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Keith

    $79

  • Barry R Parks

    $100

  • Michelle Foppiano

    $25

  • marina

    $100

  • Deborah Elvins

    $100

  • Alexandra Bergman

    $100

  • Marianne

    $25

  • Veronique Lepoutre

    $25

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70% Raised of$1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Veronique Lepoutre

Veronique Lepoutre

DONATION: $25

Yay! Go Sasha! xo <3 3 years ago

Marianne

Marianne

DONATION: $25

Love you xoxox 3 years ago

Alexandra Bergman

Alexandra Bergman

DONATION: $100

Matching gift. Thanks Barry Parks! 3 years ago

Deborah Elvins

Deborah Elvins

DONATION: $100

All of volunteers and friends of FCAA 3 years ago

marina

marina

DONATION: $100

XO 3 years ago

Michelle Foppiano

Michelle Foppiano

DONATION: $25

Brian and Eileen Foppiano 3 years ago

Barry R Parks

Barry R Parks

DONATION: $100

Tribute 3 years ago

Keith

Keith

DONATION: $79

Happy birth year! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Veronique Lepoutre

Veronique Lepoutre

DONATION: $25

Love you! 3 years ago