Dr. Deitch instilled in me the core values of helping those in need and to always strive to be a better person. For the past decade, I have worked to buy toys and donate them to the pediatric center she founded called Child Health Services each year for children in need.
Originally I started this as a live show where I'd round up friends in bands to play as well as have raffles with prizes from businesses around NH. All in all the shows would net about $4-500 for toys. As the years went on live shows got a bit harder to make happen but I always kept it going. One year while living in NC I flew to NH with a $400 Christmas bonus in hand and matched it with $400 I had saved up.
When I moved back to New England I tried something new, I just asked friends to help me and they came through amazingly, each year we averaged 4800-$1000. For a few years, I had a clunky sort of approach of using Paypal though last year I moved to GoFundMe and it was a great move.
Last year was the Decade of Donation and thanks to all of you we crushed the $1000 dollar goal with a finish line number of $2000!
So here we are, year 11 and the first time in years I have bumped the bar up a bit to $1,500. I have no doubt that we can crush this goal all over again. As with every year before it's simple, 100% of the money raised (minus the GFM fee which is minimal) goes to buying toys. I have no employees to pay, I take no fee, and there is no middle man.
Cut off is December 6th and the toys will be purchased and delivered on the 13th! Lets do this!
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