Since December 2018, our entire community of family, friends and total strangers have been helping change the world for dozens of children in the Dominican Republic. In an aggregate effort, we have all literally given life to children, providing them the HIV suppression medications they would otherwise not have, which as you know would prove disastrous. These children, just like any child, deserve to be children and to grow into healthy, loving members of a society who will certainly have the experience and empathy necessary to exponentially spread goodwill and love as adults.
Every single person who provided a dollar or even some of the tangible items the children needed badly should feel proud and honored. You can genuinely say, "I saved lives." We discovered $20 can keep one child at the Casa Rosada alive for 39 days, allowing them to focus on that which children should be focused, being children. Thank you...and the kids need you again!
Given the current global climate issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of the fact the children at la Casa Rosada all have HIV, thus compromised immune systems, we have made the decision to forgo traveling there for a Christmas party, for the safety of the children. Oh yes, we will 100% be throwing them a party and, who knows, maybe we can do a virtual party. Regardless, their safety comes first, so at best, the kids and the staff are sure to have a Merry Christmas one way or another.
This past year was a grand success, as you may have read before. The need has slightly increased as one of the children has had a slew of bad luck and acquired cancer in one eye, which requires extensive treatment and surgery. I think he's due for some huge wins very soon!
This year we will be ensuring every child has all the medical care they need, to include all of their HIV suppression medications, anti-seizure medications and any mental health therapy and medications they need to grow and thrive, just like the last two years. This will be a life-long effort for these children and we have every intent to keep them thriving all the way through adulthood so they can carry on that legacy for those who come behind them.
Last December, the children were so excited to see us, more so than the first time.We learned the children were used to people coming to the orphanage to do something nice, but that they were also used to those people never returning. We are the first and only sustainable front for the kids, and it meant the world to them to see familiar faces. We will do everything in our power this year to duplicate that so the children know their angels are still there with them in heart and the only reason we're not there in person is to protect them.
Once again, with the support of our friends, family, peers and my incredible partners at Sentry Residential and the Veterans Realty Group, we know we will change the world for the better. We also know so many are struggling right now, so please give if you can, and if you cannot, you can still give by spreading the word!
Last year, I was interviewed on WTOP and the interview was aired during rush-hour traffic. To this day, I have not heard that interview, as I was on a flight to the DR at that time. When I landed a couple hours later, I was alerted to dozens of donations from perfect strangers ranging from $1 to $100. I got chills when I realized perfect strangers donated $1, $2, or $5 and likely that was a stretch for them financially. That warmed all of our hearts to know how giving and wonderful humans canbe. We can't wait to see the turn out this year! It's funny to think, all together, if we all just helped a little, every person on Earth, we could change the world for every person on Earth!
We look forward to smashing through our goal of $22,000 by early November 2020, which will give us time to coordinate and secure the medications and, almost as importantly, coordinate a Christmas Extravaganza at the Pink House, virtually!
Thank you all!