Giving – What If Your Kid Made The Wish?

Got His WishThere is something that I would like to bring to your attention today. I am very passionate about it and no I am not talking about spreading the debt free message. You could say that my passion to spread debt freedom pales in comparison to my passion for giving. I would even go as far as to say my desire to become debt free really was ignited by an even bigger desire to help others out by giving.

I don’t know about you, but giving excites me. Today I would like to ask that you please head over to My Super-Charged Life and check out what big things he is trying to do, for someone other than himself. More specifically, the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In case you are unaware of what they do, here is their mission statement:

“We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.” ~ Make-A-Wish Mission Statement

Jeff was really hoping for a better response for such a wonderful fundraiser, and I have to be honest—so was I. If a lot of people give a little, dreams will come true. Here’s what I know.

  • He’s asking for as little as $2.50 per donation, but more if you can afford it.
  • The donations will help children experience something once, that you may get to experience many times in your life.
  • You enter to win a free ipod nano, which Jeff is providing with his own funds.

I have already donated once, but I plan to donate again today. I think that no matter what your situation you could always take a step back and see that there is other pain in the world much bigger than anything we could ever understand.  I have never been diagnosed with any life-threatening disease or illness. I’ve never been told how long I would have to live.  These kids have heard words like this, and the only thing I keep thinking is—what if this was my kid? This could happen to my children. This could happen to your children and your friends children.

So what does all that  mean? To me, it means that if I, or anyone I know was going through something similar, I would hope that enough people like you and I, would attempt to make something bad, just a little better.

There are lots of things I could do with the money I plan to donate, but there is nothing else that I could do with that money that would help a precious child get their wish. (I did not budget to give any of my money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation this month, but it was pretty simple to adjust my budget after I found something I could cut in order to do this.)

I am not asking you to go out there and use your house payment or your credit card payment to do this. I just want as many of you as possible to go over there and help out. We always have the option to go out and earn a few extra dollars to fix our financial woes, but there is nothing these children can do to make their situation any better.

How to fund your donation:

  • work an extra hour or two at work if possible.
  • sell something on ebay or craigslist that you have around the house.
  • skip your morning coffee for one day.
  • brown bag your lunch for work.
  • check your house and cars for loose change.
  • when grocery shopping, put back a few things you can do without.
  • instead of taking the family out to eat, go on a picnic at a nice park.
  • instead of a family movie, go on a family hike.
  • pretend the Government raised your taxes. 😉
  • claim less on your W-4 form at work.
  • make a quick budget adjustment.

You get the idea. I am sure you can find something to do that would save you some money, in order to keep from going to the poorhouse for making a small donation. Give up something small, so that a child can experience something big. It would mean THE WORLD TO ME if you did!

So go over there and make your small donation! Help make a difference! PLEASE! 😉

P.S. Super Secret News!

I am working on a project that is going to make a difference for YOU—coming soon!! I’ll just say this. I am going to put my money where my mouth is and YOU are the recipient! I will be posting about this soon so if you haven’t already, please subscribe now to be sure you don’t miss out.

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3 Responses to “Giving – What If Your Kid Made The Wish?”

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  1. Brad,

    I really appreciate this heartfelt post. You are 100% correct and I stand with you in urging folks to head over, read why Jeff supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and make a small donation. As a blogging/blog reading community, this is an opportunity for us to band together and make a real difference to at least one kid in need.

    Dustin

  2. Brad – Thanks so much for all your support! I greatly appreciate it. We are truly going to help a kid get the wish of a lifetime! By the way, I can’t wait to hear more about your super secret news. 😀

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