The text below describes the 2018 Alt White House Egg campaign. *There are no more eggs remaining to distribute this year.
“Protect Our Children's Future” 2018 egg is an alternative answer to the souvenir White House Easter Egg distributed at the annual Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday. We’ve created a limited-edition wooden egg (green, orange, purple and blue) to raise money for the vital programs that fight against the current administration’s systematic efforts to silence our voices.
When you donate $18 to this campaign, I will send a wooden egg to thank you for your support. These are the same wooden eggs manufactured for the White House. All of the funds, after subtracting the cost of the eggs and shipping, will be donated to support two organizations NPR and PBS.
This year, I have many more volunteers who are ready to pack and ship the eggs. We’re excited to have received emails and Facebook posts from all over the country asking us to do this campaign again.
Our goal is to exceed last year’s donation of $10,500. You can donate any amount, but here are suggested donation amounts:
$18 = one egg
$35 = two eggs
$50 = three eggs
$62 = four eggs
$75 = five eggs
At the anniversary of the Women’s March, women around the country spoke about being “warrior women” and a “one-woman riot.” This second year and second egg design adds my small voice to those of much more brave men and women who are speaking truth to power.
This 2018 campaign will raise funds to support the storytellers--PBS and NPR--the vital journalists on the front lines, sharing the voices of those who cannot speak for themselves. These two organizations are devoted to revealing the truth of our shared humanity. Our president frequently attempts to discredit these voices--we need to support our freedom to speak, to question, and to demand answers.
Last year, I was able to donate $10,500 to the arts. Over 32,000 people visited the GoFundMe page, and 424 donors agreed that we can’t sit on the sidelines: we need to act to preserve the dream--the reality--of a functioning democracy.
Both National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System are charged with the responsibility being the people’s voice. It’s fitting — imperative — that we create a different choice that reflects the values we want for our children, and that we want our country to stand for. This egg is a different choice. It’s called an "Easter” egg, but the egg is a broader symbol of the potential for our children to enjoy a brighter future where every voice is heard — where children of every race, color, religion, nationality, and gender can joyfully roll eggs and celebrate the beauty of spring and the cherished principles of freedom, justice, and inclusiveness that make our country great (already).
A personal note: From the time that my children were small, until they outgrew the hunt, I brought my children to the White House to participate in the annual White House Easter egg roll and/or purchased the souvenir eggs. Now that my children are grown, I still love the hunt and want to find a productive and positive way to participate. I have Bush, Clinton, and Obama era eggs in my collection… no matter the administration in power, I always supported this annual event. And I want it to continue.
Republican or Democrat, I loved the tradition and trust that the people elected a President who had my children’s future in consideration when he made executive decisions. This president has broken that trust with his anti-family, anti-children, anti-truth, anti-environment platform. I may be one person, but I hope that this campaign will help to deliver my message.
Some background: The first campaign began last year in response to an article in The Washington Post that questioned if the White House would hold an Easter Egg Roll. How big a deal is the White House Easter Egg Roll? It’s been going on since 1898 , when local children convinced President Rutherford B. Hayes to let them roll eggs on the White House lawn, after Congress kicked them off the Capitol grounds.
If you would like to know more about the origin of this idea, please read some of articles about the Alt Easter Egg:
"With alternative to White House Easter egg, teacher raises thousands for PBS, NPR" (The Frederick News Post)
“How Trump turned a White House Easter Egg Roll devotee into a political activist” (The Washington Post)
“Women opposed to Trump policies creates Easter egg roll alternative” (The Carroll County Times)
“White House Easter Egg Roll devotee says ‘not this year’” (The Charlotte Observer)
“The Maine Company that makes wooden Easter eggs for the White House”(Bangor Daily News)
“Let the alt-eggs roll: Frederick County teacher creates wooden egg to benefit arts programs” (Frederick News Post)
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- Lauren Corbin
- Jeff Levin
- MaryEllen Newcomb
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