"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." - Buddha

Just two girls wanting to help out
Check out my fellow collaborator Alexa: http://alexapgps20time.blogspot.com/

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Something is Happening

Our project is finally starting to become something besides an idea and it's super exciting. Alexa and I have been considering our fundraising options for St.Jude and have decided to do the "Up till Dawn" fundraiser. It's where you form a team of six people and each person raises at least $100 before the event. Then all the teams gather on the night of the event and stay up all night doing activities. We were planning on doing six teams and it would be sophomores from our school participating. This event is usually held at colleges so we were nervous our high school wouldn't go for it. After talking to our teacher, we learned that our school has participated in all nighters before so that was super exciting to hear. Even better was to learn that we could possibly use the gym to hold the event in. After learning the fact that our school would most likely be cool with us hosting this event, I emailed someone at St. Jude who is strictly involved with the "Up till Dawn" fundraisers. I have yet to hear a response back from them but I'm not worried about it. At this moment, I am just too excited to think of anything else. The best part is getting to plan the activities we do during the night, even if they are as simple as watching a movie or making blankets for kids at St. Jude. To be honest, I wish everything was already planned and that the event could just already happen!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Response

To my great relief, something has finally happened. After waiting for weeks to hear from a connection we have at St. Jude and getting nothing, I tried a different approach. I researched around the St. Jude website and found am email address to a volunteer organizer at St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. I emailed her on Friday, introducing myself, our project and our vision for the project. With high hopes that I would get a reply I clicked sent. Several hours later I checked my emails and there it was, a email from her sitting in my inbox. She praised us on wanting to volunteer at St. Jude and said it's always a delight when young people want to serve. She gave us a number so we could contact the fundraising office in Michigan so we can get supplies from them for our future fundraisers. She also gave us some information on the volunteering procedures and where we can volunteer at. It's very exciting to think that we are actually doing this and that we have the opportunity to volunteer at St. Jude's! She said my email ended her week on a very high note and she thanked me for choosing to help out their children. To say the least, I'm super pumped about this. Finally something we can go on and we started looking at fundraising events we can do leading up to the time when we leave to volunteer. We hopefully want to get our school involved and maybe do a "Up All Night" fundraiser where teams raise money and then see which team can stay up. To get our community involved, we are looking at doing a "Trike-A-Thon" for the younger kids. Basically the little kids get to raise money and then ride their bikes in a little parade. Both these fundraisers seem really fun and we are super excited to be getting involved!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

What to do?

So far, things are going pretty slow. We have emailed several hospitals and are waiting on replies from them. It's really hard just to sit here and wait for them to get back to us. We are researching a lot of different ways to fundraise and to get involved with a hospital, our main one being St. Jude. At the moment we are looking at fundraising with our entire school and hopefully the comunity in a program called Team Up for St. Jude. Usually schools do it during their homecoming spirit week to show which class has the most spirit. I think it would be a fun way to keep up our school spirit throughout the year instead of just getting hyped up during homecoming. We are also looking at volunteering at their hospital during our spring break and doing an activity with patients there. Possibly a sort of game or craft project to which every kid could participate in. The hardest part of all of this is so far is waiting on the hospitals. I understand that hospitals are super busy and don't have time to get back to us asap but it's frustrating to sit here waiting for a reply. We don't have anywhere to go yet. All of our questions are unanswered but if there's one thing this project is going to teach me, it's patience.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Beginning

I have been handed a once in a lifetime opportunity, basically served to me on a silver platter. The chance to do something I'm passionate about and not be allowed to quit at it makes me feel invincible. For the first time ever, I feel like I have the whole world at my finger tips. Out of everything I can choose from, I choose to help make kids be happy. I have decided to partner up with my friend of ten years, Alexa, to fundraise and volunteer for a children's hospital. At the moment we are still trying to find a hospital to help out but we have several in mind. The hospital we are hoping for is St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital because this past summer Alexa and a bunch of our friends did a giant fundraiser for the hospital that raised $16,00. We want to continue to help them out by fundraising for them in many different ways then hopefully traveling down to Memphis, Tennessee where their research hospital is located. We hope to reach our goal of helping out some kids lives and maybe even changing them.