Back in May I began thinking about my upcoming 25th birthday. Usually people don’t look forward to the quarter century mark. I wanted to do something to help bring joy to the unavoidable reminder of geting old, while also doing good in the world.
The idea of raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project became a no-brainer. I thought it would be cool to raise $1,000 in 25 days. Cool is great but I wanted to reach “amazing.” The goal was set at $2,500. To be honest, I didn’t think we could raise that much so quickly but I knew I’d have an answer within 25 days.
Long story short, 56 people donated a total of $2,760. Are you kidding me?!? Ridiculous response. Good people do amazing things when prompted. I have been overwhelmed and humbled with the outpouring of support for a cause I care so deeply about.
Here is an excerpt from a note I received during the campaign from a fellow vet:
“I want to say thank you. What you’re doing for the Wounded Warrior Project is awesome and means so much to me. I still struggle with some issues from that eventful day. I’ve hidden from some of those issues and it’s wreaked havoc on my marriage and my family. I have seen a therapist for the last year and it has helped immensely. I still hide from the PTSD stigma and have dealt with the headaches and the ringing in my ears to the point that it’s “normal.” If the money you raise helps just one person, whether directly or indirectly it’s more than worth it. I can’t express enough how much respect I have for you and your cause. Wounded Warriors is one of the most beneficial causes out there and I hope dearly that you meet your goal. Thank you and good luck.”
Its amazing to see the effect that the good intentions of a few can have.
As grateful as I am, I want to use this opportunity to challenge anyone who reads this. Find chances to make a difference in someone’s life. They can be young or old, privileged or poor. Seek out selfless opportunities and exploit them. Require the support of those that you associate yourself with. The world will be a better place. You will be a better person. If you’re interested, I’d love to help you make an idea become reality!
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED IN ANY WAY!