Years ago, I had an amazing mentor. A woman who gave me my first job, showed me the tough love that I needed, celebrated my victories with me, and helped me learn from my mistakes. No, she wasn't my mother or grandmother, but she was vital in my life and has helped shaped me into the person whom I am today. Through that experience, I've realized that all children are just one caring adult away from a success story. Yes, that goes for you too. And your children. And even the failing child in your classroom. One person can change the future of that child.
That's why I believe in the Boys & Girls Club. This year, I've had the opportunity to witness the role that the Club and it's staff have on kids. Almost a year ago, Caden spoke at a Friendship Breakfast and told us how Miss Brittany and Miss Ginny had stood up for him when he was bullied and supported the person he wanted to be. He became a passionate cheerleader, and he was proud of his accomplishments and was confident in who he was. More recently, I met Jasmine who told us at a board meeting that she knew she could count on any of the staff and that they'd always be there for her.
Now, I myself can't be physically there for every child, but the Club can. And when I support the Club, I know I'm giving them the one caring adult they need to have a brighter future. Last year, I had the honor of joining the Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors, but more than that, I'm a supporter. I give to the Club because I want to stand up for every child, and I know that when I give, I am making sure every child has the opportunities they need to become the best person they can be.
This December, I want to raise $1,000 for the Club, and I hope you will join me. I hope you will give our kids a Club that can help them have a brighter future. Without you, it won’t be possible. Let’s give these kids a Club that will feed them, tutor them, mentor them and teach them life lessons. Let's give them a Club filled with caring adults who will support them every step of the way. I hope you will join me in supporting that Club today.