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Tuesday's Children NYC 2017

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THE STORY:

You’ve found your way to my donation page! Awesome. Thanks for taking the time to visit. As you can see, I’ve pledged to raise $3,000 for Tuesday’s Children. It’s a number I’m confident in, because I believe in the cause and after learning a bit more, I believe you will too.

With so many charities in dire need of funding and advocates, why have I chosen to represent Tuesday’s Children? Well, my answer has three parts. I’ve never been the best at being “to the point” when I write, but I know your time is valuable, so I’ll try to be better this time.

One, I often find today’s world, especially lately, to be pretty demoralizing. Two, I believe in the power of the mind – how it can affect not only our own personal journey, but consequently the worlds we touch. Three, I believe in community. As the African proverb states, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and from my experience, I have come to learn that having a village, however big or small, does make a difference, and not just in the life of a child.

Okay, so maybe you’re thinking… That’s all well and good, albeit heart-felt, but that didn’t explain what Tuesday’s Children is. Why Tuesday? Why not Friday? Friday is a much better day of the week. Hellllloooooo weekend. And does this charity only assist children? Not that that’s a problem, but what is it they actually do? Okay, internal dialogue, let me explain…

Tuesday’s Children is a NY-based charity formed in the wake of the horrific events that occurred on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. During its earliest beginnings, their aim was to provide long-term counseling for the children who lost parents and loved ones due to these acts of terrorism. This is how the charity acquired its name, Tuesday’s Children. But soon, their initiative grew, becoming even more inclusive, bringing support to family members affected by similar forms of grief due to loss from violence. One program that came out of this expanded initiative is Project Heart to Heart, which brings military widows together with widows of those lost on September 11th for a three-day event of communal healing and growth.

Fast-forward to 2017: their reach has now spread farther and their various programs now include a multi-faceted, even more comprehensive approach. Although Tuesday’s Children still maintains its commitment to those directly affected by the atrocities of September 11th, their legacy of healing has now birthed several other domestic and international programs whose aim is primarily to support those communities affected by acts of terrorism. Domestically, this includes, but is not limited, to Newtown, CT, a community still healing from the devastation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting back in 2012. There, Tuesday’s Children has built The Resiliency Center of Newtown, which offers a variety of programs, services, and events designed to help those suffering from trauma recover and move forward with their lives in a positive way.

On a more global scale, Tuesday’s Children is now reaching more than twenty countries across the globe, including Colombia, Palestine, Russia, England, Haiti, and Pakistan, with their Project COMMON BOND. This program brings together young adults, ages 15-20, from around the world who share a ‘common bond’ — the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism, violent extremism, or war. It helps empower these extraordinary young people with skill sets to bring about positive change in their own communities. Above, I’ve listed but a few of the countless programs Tuesday’s Children offers, covering everything from career advising and youth mentoring to crisis and grief counseling to community events with the goal of building relationships amongst families impacted by the 9/11 tragedy and military families of the fallen to community service initiatives such as their Helping Heals Program… I can go on and on. Through this wide array of programing, Tuesday’s Children has created a holistic healing approach - one of support, enduring hope, and expansive reach.

Now that you have a better idea of what Tuesday’s Children is, what they do, and a bit on how they do it, you might still be wondering why I specifically chose to represent this charity when I run in the New York Marathon in November. Or, maybe you could care less and you just want to scroll up and skip to donating, because you’ve heard enough and the charity’s programing speaks for itself. If that’s your wavelength, I totally support you! But, if you are interested…

If you’re anything like me, you settle in with your sometimes-burnt morning coffee and try your best to stay informed with what’s going on in the world. Lately, especially, I’ve found this endeavor to be quite disheartening. Both on a global and domestic level, I wake up and find it difficult to stay positive and be proactive, because at the end of the day, it all feels a bit out of my control. How to continue to see beauty when there’s so much hate? How to generate change, to positively impact the world when it feels as though I’m surrounded by nothing but terrorism, discrimination, natural disasters, man-made disasters, the list goes on and on. But, there’s something that does keep me going. And, that’s what I consider the power of my own mind. It’s something that is within my control and with it, I can change worlds. Yes, plural, because there are many worlds we touch in a single day. Although, we often forget that since we have a lot going on in our own.

Domestically and internationally, there are countless communities, too many communities, suffering at the hands of violence. Violence. Hate. Anger. These are contagions. They attack, suckle, feast, linger, burrow down deep and rear at opportune times, to touch the next person, to cause a bit more pain than they did the previous day. They’re stealthy. They know the when and the where, under which guises to thrive, to multiply. It’s an epidemic and more palpable than people would like to think.

But, there are other contagions. Ones that are far stronger and equally as infectious - joy, love, education, creation, and community. These can also multiply, but when they root, they are far more difficult to cut down. We choose the contagions we feed, the contagions we choose to nurture. This is what I believe in. My responsibility is both to myself, my own mind, and then additionally to the worlds I touch. I believe in counseling and support groups. I believe in therapy. I believe in being that helping hand or funding those with the skillsets to go where my limitations prevent me from assisting myself. I believe in having a community whether that’s of new friends, old friends, coworkers, the family you live with or the family that’s distant, chat-room acquaintances, people you meet in airports or people you meet in supermarkets, people who’ve affected you, across the world, across the country, or right next door, therapists and health professionals, that guy you met waiting for the subway, or that girl who was washing her hands in the bathroom, the people you create with and the people you’ve cried with, the people who have never seen you cry, people who support you, who support your art, your vision, your journey, people with similar beliefs and those without, people who can teach you and the people you will teach, even the "what’s-her-name" in the break room who's always making you laugh. This is the village, the community. No one person should ever feel as though they are alone in their wandering. If in my short time on this planet I can do something to prevent that, then to me, I have succeeded.

And so, as it appears, I have once again failed to be concise (I can picture my journalism professor shaking his head at me now), but I hope you can understand and maybe appreciate that before I asked you for your hard-earned money, it was important that I also gave you the whole story. Why Tuesday’s Children. What they’re doing to change the world. And, why I feel so passionately about how they’re choosing to change it. Thank you for taking the time to read this. I know time is a precious thing and hard to come by, but if this resonated with you at all, then I hope you won’t view it as time wasted and will hopefully even consider donating to this powerful cause. After all, a mind is a community is a country is a world is a future. Our future. And together, we can do better.

To learn more about Tuesday’s Children or any of the programs I’ve mentioned above, I encourage you to visit their website at: https://www.tuesdayschildren.org.

Thank you again for your time and any amount of money you’re able to contribute. I appreciate you.

Hugs,
Sara

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$715

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  • Sara Costantino

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  • Grace Costantino

     

  • Cheese Cake man

    $50

  • Connor Tracey

    $100

  • Alyssa & Nick :)

    $50

  • Jonathan & Anthony

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Sports Camp

     

  • Eric from Knock Em Dead Comedy

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  • Sue ❤️

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24% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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The Team: $9,453 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Brian Conneely

Amount Raised

$4,345

 

87% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Katie Meehan

Amount Raised

$2,851

 

71% Raised of $4,000 Goal

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Caroline Wheeler

Amount Raised

$1,341

 

45% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Sara Costantino

Amount Raised

$715

 

24% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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Henry Schloss

Amount Raised

$150

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Laura Schaefer

Amount Raised

$50

 

2% Raised of $3,000 Goal

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TUESDAYS CHILDREN

Amount Raised

$0

 

0% Raised of $100,000 Goal

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Jack McCabe

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Donor Comments

Sue ❤️

Sue ❤️

DONATION: $25

Sara is one of the most giving people I know and she's giving back to her community by supporting this nonprofit through participation in this marathon. So proud to call her my friend. 😊 3 days ago

Eric from Knock Em Dead Comedy

Eric from Knock Em Dead Comedy

DONATION: $50

1 week ago

Sports Camp

Sports Camp

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Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

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Jonathan & Anthony

Jonathan & Anthony

DONATION: $50

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Alyssa & Nick :)

Alyssa & Nick :)

DONATION: $50

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Connor Tracey

Connor Tracey

DONATION: $100

2 weeks ago

Cheese Cake man

Cheese Cake man

DONATION: $50

Thanks for helping us help. 2 weeks ago

Grace Costantino

Grace Costantino

May your spirit soar, your passions succeed and the wind offer you a gentle cool breeze on your adventure. 2 weeks ago

Sara Costantino

Sara Costantino

DONATION: $50

3 weeks ago