Sometimes the sidelines of the baseball game, or any youth sporting event for that matter, can get really interesting. All sorts of characters find themselves sitting on the sidelines, and listening to their conversations can go anywhere from shocking to fascinating, often somewhere in the middle. The people-watcher in me loves the variety of people you find at youth sports.
Some are funny.
Some are weird.
This particular weekend, however, my blood was boiling.
Some are absolutely infuriating.
Sitting near me at my son's game was, judging simply by appearance, what I imagine was one of the player's grandmother. She was going on and on, clearly upset, about somebody she knows who is fundraising for a particular charity. Her loud voice carried through the chairs in the grass. "She's going and telling everybody about how she raised $50,000 for this charity like it's a big deal. I told her that she has absolutely no idea of the scope of the problem and that was just ridiculous. $50,000 is nothing but a drop in the bucket and she shouldn't even bother!"
It took me a moment to even process what I had just heard. $50,000! A drop in the bucket?
She then continued, fully of haughty disbelief, "And you want to know what she did? She was so upset that I told her the truth that she created a new fundraising page and blocked me from it! Can you believe the nerve? How dare she!" Her cronies sitting around her were equally scandalized. "Unbelievable! That is just awful!"
At this point, the ability to continue to process this conversation is beginning to fail me.
Hell yeah, I can believe the nerve. I would have done the exact same thing! In the midst of this conversation, I never found out what charity they were actually discussing. However ANY organization would be amazed and Incredibly grateful for a $50,000 donation. As somebody who has done multiple fundraising efforts, for multiple organizations, that kind of donation is huge. Yes, $50,000 is not going to solve world hunger, or end cancer, or cure multiple sclerosis, but it will make an incredible impact. The number of lives that amount of money can change is why we bother.
When I am fundraising, people often say to me, "I can only give $10, so I feel like I shouldn't bother," They have clearly been listening to this crazy grandmother and feel like those drops in a bucket don't matter. Those drops are soon floods when you put them together.
Did you know that $10 will pay for two full rounds of malaria medication? That is two lives changed forever. If that $10 found 10 friends, $100 will buy a wheelchair for someone with multiple sclerosis, giving them the mobility to live a full life just when they feel like that has been taken from them. It only takes $65 to put together a Cleaning Bucket with UMCOR that can be taken quickly to areas devastated by natural disasters.
If you would like to donate to my efforts for the National MS Society, click here.
If you would like to donate to Imagine No Malaria, click here.
If you would like to donation to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, click here.
All of these organizations are ones I have worked with personally, so I have seen the good they can do. If you have your own organization, support it with as many drops in the bucket as you can, and together we will create a flood of change.
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