Here are a few kind words from just a few of our donors. We appreciate their generous donations, volunteer work, and being willing to share their reasons for giving big.
Meet Joan, who was a good sport and spoke off the cuff while after watching the Youth Day Parade:
Donor, Board Member, and Volunteer Sally Brown shares:
On August 13, 1970, when I was 13 years old, I received a letter from the Executive Director of the Jimmy Fund, Children’s Cancer Research Foundation. It read:
If there is one thing that makes the Jimmy Fund different from other charities, it’s the manner in which we receive voluntary support from thoughtful people like yourself. We’d like to acknowledge the receipt of your check in the amount of $35.00 resulting from a carnival. This money has very special meaning and will be put to immediate use to help sick little children. The thoughtfulness of you and your friends to run a carnival for the benefit of the Jimmy Fund is one of the nicest things I can conceive of.
I have kept that letter for the past 48 years because it meant so much to me. Starting at home on Norlen Park and then reinforced at Mrs. Bennet’s Preschool, I truly thrived through creative play. I still distinctly remember when I was very young performing in our garage with my sister and other neighborhood friends singing “Bibbidi- Bobbidi- Boo,” “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” directed by a neighbor teen. I’m certain that this performance spurred Cathy, David, Marcia and I to later host this carnival with games and even a fortune teller for everyone in the neighborhood to enjoy. It was all of these enriching childhood experiences and many more that I am certain led to my future academic success as well as my lifetime commitment to do service for others.
I wonder if Marcia the Fortune Teller could see in her crystal ball 48 years ago that I would be writing to you today to ask if you would make a donation to the Winters Friends of the Library tomorrow on the Big Day of Giving.
Donor, WFOL Board Member, and Volunteer Bianca Cox shares:
I am so proud to support the rebuild of the wooden City Park. Like the library, this unique playground is a place where people of all backgrounds can congregate. Not only do my kids love this park but it has been a gathering place for friends, a connection to the city that I love and where I have had the privilege of making new friends.
What are your reasons for giving?
Please tell us in the comments, we’d love to know.