Friday, October 16, 2015

TGIF - Trash Bags Are For Trash

We have just about a week left on our Trash Bags are for Trash fundraiser, and we are just over halfway to our goal. Thank you for what you have done so far, and I hope that you will continue to help us cross that finish line. This one is a pretty big deal for me, and you will no doubt see me discussing such things in the future. We may even do additional fundraisers. We’ll see.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with the issue, the idea behind donating suitcases for foster children is all about dignity and self-worth. When a child is placed into foster care, it is usually due to emergency circumstances. It’s fast, it’s chaotic, and it’s terrifying. Children are not placed into foster care because life is going swell for them, and the placement, even if ultimately helpful, is not an immediate improvement. These children are losing everything they have ever known and having their entire lives uprooted and torn away. Then, if they are given an opportunity to pack anything at all, they are usually handed a trash bag to carry their possessions. A trash bag. Try to imagine being a small child, being removed from your home and taken away from the people you know and love (because you do love them, no matter what else might be happening), and then you’re told to put your favorite toys and clothes into a trash bag. How would that make you feel? I think for, most people, the answer to that would be something along the lines of “pretty crummy.” The purpose of this fundraiser (and many more hosted by Together We Rise) is to try to alleviate some of that crumminess. Handing a child a suitcase instead of a trash bag may seem like a small thing, but it’s one small thing going right in an ocean of things going wrong. You might be amazed at how much of a difference that can make.

I’ll get off my soap box now. Help if you can and are so inclined, and please spread the word. Thank you very much for your help and support.

In other news, we officially passed 100 Facebook followers this week. I have no idea what the normal timeline for that might be, but we did it in about three months, and we did it with no advertising aside from you and me, spreading the word. I think that is pretty fantastic! Thank you for that, and let’s keep that word going. Invite your friends, comment on the articles and posts, and always feel free to send in your suggestions and ideas. We can’t do any of this without you.

See you next week!

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Don't forget our Trashbags are for Trash fundraiser, please. Lend a hand, if you can. If all you can do is spread the word, we appreciate that too. It all helps. Thank you.

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