I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of “charity events”. The one reason that I believe that our little lemonade stand is supported so nicely by our community is because we donate 100% of the profits to a local family who is having a hard time.
We typically pick a family who has a child with some medical issues. We are referred to them by a local agency. Because we are not a registered charity, we are able to pass the money directly to the family. There is no red-tape to cut through.
It’s a wonderful event and I’m proud of it. But, I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of having a charity event for a family and what that must feel like for them.
I am someone who is well-seasoned in navigating motherhood with a sick child. I know that feeling of panic and vulnerability and people wanting to reach out and help. It is confusing, humbling and overwhelming, but the truth-be-told, there is nothing in life more important than getting your child well.
I don’t want to call this a charity event. This is a ‘hand’, and not even a hand up, we are simply lending a hand because we are a community and that is what is what communities do. One thing that I know for sure, is that there is a time to help, and there is a time to be helped. When you are in that stage of life when you can help – you should. When you are in the stage of life when you may need help, then receive it.
I have no doubt that when the tides turn, these families will pay it forward. The tide can turn and you just never know what waits for you around the bend.
I’m proud of our community and I’m so proud of the families who keep moving forward despite their challenges. We’re all in this together.