Hello everyone. I hope all of you are holding up well out there under the current "stay-at-home" restrictions and with current social distancing practices that have been implemented by our local and federal government. I for one, am going a bit stir crazy and feeling somewhat claustrophobic. I was ok when it was just me and the dog but now the kids are here too and I've hit my limit on YouTube and Tick Toc. I realize most of us are suffering financially, mentally, socially, and fashionably.
Some of you are real troopers, meaning you've been classified as "Essential" and you've been going to work the whole time as if nothing has really changed other than the need to now wear gloves and a face masks and for those of you who don't know it, many of our "Essential Workers" are single parents with children who may be home by themselves or parents who are working multiple "Essential Jobs" to keep food on the table. If you are one of those blessed souls thank you from the bottom of my heart for being there day in and day out. You truly are the best of the best of us. That being said, I would like to bring your attention to an organization that I hold near and dear to my heart, that has also been deeply impacted by our current state of affairs, and exists to support many of those types of families I described above.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield and their staff has remained "Essential" during this crisis. They have continued to service the families in our area that are hit hardest by providing daily meals, "at-home" and virtual programming for the thousands of children they care for, and maintaining a COVID-19 Helpline. They work tirelessly and in many cases, thanklessly. A huge amount of the financial support necessary to keep this charity operational comes from fundraisers that are held during the year and as you are well aware it's not possible to get people together to hold events. If things continue on as they have, which many have suggested may yet continue through the end of the summer, thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars which would have been raised to support this organization will be lost. So I have a proposal.
I'm going to donate $260 which actually is $5 a week for a year to help right the ship at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield and I want you to do it with me. That's less than the cost of most Combo Meals at our local fast food restaurants. Here's how this is going to work. I know I have at least 10 friends, I'm hoping more, but at least 10 friends that will do this with me. That's me plus 10 friends so we raise:
$5 x 52(weeks) x 11(me and my friends) = $2,860.
I know that doesn't seem like much in a year does it? However, if each of my friends had 10 friends that would also do this as well then those numbers look like this:
$5 x 52 weeks x 11 (me and my 10 friends) x 100 (10 of their friends) = $280,860
And just like that, with as little as a one-time donation of $260 a year or $20 a month, or $5 a week, or if you'd like, less than $0.72 a day we can raise over a quarter of a million dollars for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Missouri and the families they service in a year.
Please do this with me. It's simple and not costly. Let's show how much we care about Springfield and the families that work so hard to make it great.