My dad calls himself the “eternal optimist.” Good or bad, I inherited the ability to imagine greater things than I am usually capable of accomplishing on my own. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of water as a healthy habit. To encourage myself and others with easy access to clean water to improve our water drinking habits, I found an inspiring organization working towards providing clean water for villages in Africa where clean water is often not an option.
I’m not sure why, but I really thought it would be easy to raise money for The Water Project. The truth is though, there are millions of “good causes” out there asking for our money and not all of us have a whole lot of extra. Unfortunately, there can be only one Ice Bucket Challenge that somehow captivates the world and convinces them that dumping ice water on their heads is a necessary part of making a donation. Wish I would have thought of that ;).
Outside of crazy-successful-random-ideas to get everyone on facebook to drench themselves and pass on the “obligation” to their friends and family, most fundraising efforts take a lot of hard work. As I am an introvert by nature, a homeschooling-mom by day, and an accountant and wife by night, I admittedly haven’t devoted a lot of time to pounding the pavement to seek out donations. I’m always impressed by the number of kids who knock on my door at the beginning of each school year selling me all kinds of cookies & other junk we don’t usually eat and would never pay so much money for in any other situation. Undoubtedly they get a lot of rejection, so I try not to be the one that rejects them – there’s always some event to take cookies to, so I buy them even though I don’t want them. Hopefully there’s enough of them knocking on doors that they manage to raise the funds they need for their various purposes. But there is only one of me, and I don’t anticipate knocking on any doors. So…if you made it through all of those very.wordy.sentences…today I have a proposition. If you haven’t already checked out my fundraising page on The Water Project, please do so. If you have already considered it and decided against it, I totally understand, but I would like to ask you to share my vision with your friends and family on facebook. Given enough sharing, my little project is bound to find some people with a little extra to give, with a heart for the hurting and the hopeless, or who are simply willing to make a small sacrifice to benefit another. To sweeten the deal a bit, I’m offering a small giveaway on facebook.
Anyone interested in winning a $50 American Express Gift card?? If you haven’t already, “like” life.unlabeled. on facebook and then fill out the entry form on my facebook page or below. Once you’ve completed your entry, you will be given the opportunity to share the giveaway with your friends and family for bonus entries. The giveaway lasts just two weeks – so don’t hesitate :).
UPDATE: SanDee Roxx was randomly chosen as the winner of this giveaway on 11/3/2014. Congratulations SanDee, and thank you everyone for participating!