Tonight I cried anew. Pretty hard. This time, it’s not because of the stories.
What an amazing rally!!! Great local and national publicity. Awareness is starting to gallop. The advocacy team performed beyond my wildest expectations. I’m not crying about the march. I’m relishing in its afterglow.
Here’s what happened:
We Just got back from a family outing. I turned on my computer. Checked email. One popped up from Paypal. I was stunned…$15,175 in new donations. One for $75. One for $100! One for $5,000!! One for $10,000!!! That made me cry.
Fund raising is uncomfortable for me. This is the first time I’ve ever done it. I would prefer to pay every damn bill out of my own pocket. However, I realize that my friends want to be involved more deeply in our cause. And…we can achieve our goal faster.
Prior to today, many $100 contributions had come in. A few at $1,000. A couple at $2,000. One at $3,000.
Until now, I had hesitated mentioning the larger numbers, not wanting to diminish the importance of $5 donations. $5 is huge. I don’t care what amount you have donated, you are putting your money where your heart is. Do not apologize that you wish you could have donated more. Nope. If you think I have any integrity, then you had better believe me…$5 is gigantic.
As I was greeted with $15,175 tonight, I cried. I cried at the new confirmation that our cause is not grinding to a halt. Instead, we are gaining momentum in every possible way. Even the financial piece.
All the costs for the march are not in yet. There may be a couple more thousand when all is said and done. You can find a prior breakdown HERE
Including $614.71 cash donated at the march.
I am NOT posting this to request additional money. This is my spirit of transparency that eases my fundraising discomfort.
I’m blown away at how much has come in. Obviously, people care deeply about protecting our children,
THANK YOU for your contributions and for you understanding.