Protect Our Children Easter Egg

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Natalie Rebetsky  SYKESVILLE, MD
A story about the #AltWHEasterEgg in local news:  http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2017/03/30/alternative-white-house-easter-eggs/ America’s Easter Egg Roll is the people’s alternative to a White House Easter Egg Roll. We’ve created a limited edition (1,000) commemorative egg to raise money for the vital programs the current administration is promising to defund, but that are so important to American children and families. It’s in the spirit of the wooden eggs that have been given as souvenirs for so many years at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Our alternative “America’s Easter Egg” is a symbol of renewal, rebirth, and our dream of the future. Given the rhetoric and policies coming out of the White House, 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.

When you donate $15.00, we’ll send you our exclusive “Protect Our Children’s Future” wooden Easter egg and  @$10.00 of your donation (after expenses**) will be divided equally and distributed to

          The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS)
      (Local Affiliate:  MPT--Maryland Public Television)

          The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
     (Specifically the Big Reads Program and the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards)
 
(**The @$5.00 is for the out-of-pocket costs to manufacture, box, and ship the eggs. All of the labor is volunteered. *There is a total fee of 8% for using the GoFundMe Site.)

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 the grass grows green, the air is clean, and 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).

It’s a great way for you and your family, and ours, to affirm that “love trumps hate,” to counter the deconstruction of organizations that do so much to educate our families. And to make a statement that we are unwilling to accept policies that portend a dark future for our children.

Let's start with an egg. Let's fund Big Bird and organizations that make a difference in children's lives.

We encourage everyone to host their own “America’s House” Easter Egg rolls and to proudly display the “Protect Our Children’s Future” egg.

We will ship the "alternative" America’s Easter Egg 2017 to you the first week of April. (Domestic shipping only. You will receive one egg in pastel pink, blue, green, or violet; sorry, but we can’t fulfill orders for specific colors.) Please email me if you have questions about the egg please email me. I will ship one for each $15 donation. 

Help spread the word!

Some Background:
Why do we say the “official” White House Easter Egg Roll may or may not happen? Petula Dvorak reported in her column in The Washington Post:

“...no one has heard that any of the work is being done on this year’s event with only seven weeks to go. A website that is not associated with the White House but is obsessed with the Easter Egg roll posted that the roll is set to be held on April 17 and promised that details will soon follow. But go to the official White House website and you get “no results” when you ask about anything Easter-related. And my efforts to reach anyone at the White House about it were unsuccessful.”

On March 9, Donald Trump announced that there will be an Easter Egg Roll, but that there will be "new traditions."  The collectible egg, apparently, is not part of that plan. 

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. In 2016, 35,000 people attended the last roll hosted by the Obamas.

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 this fun family event, 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-education platform. I may be one person, but I hope that this campaign will help to deliver my message.
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Update 17
Posted by Natalie Rebetsky
13 days ago
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We have reached our goal! Thank you so much to all who have contributed. All 1000 eggs have found a home. This last batch will go out this week and I look forward to seeing the #alteastereggroll pictures.

Thank you for joining me on this journey and showing that one voice (or a 1000) can do wondrous things.

Protect Our Children's Future 2017
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Update 16
Posted by Natalie Rebetsky
14 days ago
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Yvonne, Carolyn, Shirley, Susan and Nathan: Thank you for helping me to mail the second shipment of gift eggs. Our campaign has been a great success because of the friends, family and strangers who have been so generous. I have only 144 gift eggs remaining. I can send them in time for Easter if you would like one.
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Update 15
Posted by Natalie Rebetsky
19 days ago
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Thank you to all who are emailing photos of the #AltWHEasterEggs as they arrive. We are just $2,000 from our goal, and a few eggs remain. I will be mailing that next big batch at the end of the week. You have all been so supportive.
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Update 14
Posted by Natalie Rebetsky
20 days ago
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Dear Friends and Family (and new #AltEasterEgg Friends),
I received so much support this weekend, that the end of the campaign (and the the gift eggs) is in sight. I have about 170 remaining eggs available. I hope to mail all of the gift eggs next weekend, in time for you to receive them in advance of Easter Sunday. Also, it's exciting to anticipate donating $10,000 to the arts (PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.) You all made this happen! I am very appreciative of your kind notes and generous support.
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