Asking all friends, family and strangers to join me in spreading the holiday cheer for the 4th year in a row, whether it be a monetary donation or a ‘Share’ of this post.
A few years ago, I had come up with an idea after my Grandma gave all of her grandkids and great-grandkids a gift card to the glorious Target or TarJay as some may call it. In an attempt to try and give back using that card and even starting a GoFundMe allowing others to join me by donating to an organization of my choosing. I had ended up deciding on Ronald McDonald House, where families of children facing a serious medical crisis are able to stay at little to no cost. Families stay at RMH to be as close to the hospital as they can for their child, in which they often have their other children come stay with them in order to keep their families together.
I've received a little under $4,000 in donations through gift cards and my GoFundMe page the last few years. You would not believe what a couple hundred dollars could do at a Dollar Store, Walmart and 5 Below, I was able to get dozens of grocery bags of coloring utensils, coloring books, games, toys and puzzles but also all the daily essential items that allow these families to live comfortably within RMH. Which is why truly every donation counts, whether it be $5 or $50, to help bring some joy to a child and peace of mind to their families.
With the Pandemic, I was unsure if I was going to do this campaign this year or not, asking friends/family/strangers to donate during these troubling times may not sit right with some people. Then I realized how important it was to continue with the tradition, as if you could put yourself in these family’s shoes. Aside from the stress imposed from your child being the hospital, some of these families may have lost their jobs during this time, they may feel scared or hopeless or worried about the future, they may not know how they’re going to afford any gifts for their little ones, they may have restrictions on being able to see their child or allowing friends and family to come visit in the hospital.. the list goes on as to why I chose the latter.
So I am asking you to join me in spreading the true meaning of our Holiday season by helping those in situations utterly out of their control. I plan on delivering all donations the weekend before Christmas so I will be ending the campaign around then.
Whether you have donated or not, I just ask of you to 'Like', 'Comment' and to 'Share' my post to help spread to someone who may be capable of doing so. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, enjoy your holidays y'all.
- Melissa Flaherty
- Carly Wilson
- Sierra Tinkham
- Alex Szabo
- Ashlee Smith
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