TaNea Graves wrote -
To those of you who know me, through G2 Gallery or EiMF, you know that I've raised money for scholarships, orphans, people with disabilities, schools, and numerous local and statewide organizations. However, the tornadoes in Joplin, MO have hit home, and my heart has been breaking and my mind has been reeling with the thought of the devastation that those in Joplin are facing. I know people from Joplin who are terrified and stunned for the loss of life in this tragedy. Since I heard about the storm, all I can think about is how I can help. So, I decided, rather than my usual "throw a fundraiser" mentality, and trying to organize some kind of event, I'm going to launch an immediate online campaign to raise funds NOW.
Now I know, all of you have seen ways to get supplies and place to drop off donations. For those of you who have done so already, thank you. For those of you who are too busy, or simply haven't done it yet, consider sending CASH instead. Organizations like the Red Cross and United Way have better networks than most individuals, and that they can get the supplies they need at reduced costs.
I have decided for myself, giving cash is the right thing to do. But I also want to take it a step further. I'm asking all of YOU to give cash too. Give $10, or $20. I know everyone on this list can afford that. Skip that meal out this week, or decide to drink a little less this weekend. I've had my eye on some new bedding, but I decided that I'd rather spend that money on people who don't have a bed or even a home tonight. So, choose the thing you personally can sacrifice, and then, take it a step further yourself. Forward this message on to all of your friends, and personally ask them to donate $10, or $20, or whatever they can spare.
I am making the personal pledge to make sure that my own donation is muliplied by 10. That's what i'm asking each of you to do as well. Don't just do your part, but take it a step further and ask everyone you know to chip in as well. Together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those we know who need help NOW.