I’ve been involved in a fund-raiser or two over the years, but I’ve tried my best not to bug people that I know. I mean, seriously, how many friends do you have that would like you to pledge some money towards a very good cause so they can walk, climb, bike, yoga, whatever? I’ve done the “Beat the Bridge”, the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington walk, countless auctions and of course, those “Make a Wish Marathons” when I stayed on the radio for 28 straight hours. I think we did three of them.
But, fair warning, if you keep reading this, I’m going to ask you for a buck. One dollar. It’s to help a situation that is no doubt going on all over the U.S. right now, but the folks at the Northshore Schools Foundation are actually doing something about it.
With a week to go in May, I thought I’d call special attention to the N.S.F.’s annual “Milk Money Campaign.” I remember when I first heard about this, I thought, “Well, yeah, kids need milk. Calcium for their bones, etc.” But M.I.L.K. is actually an acronym for Making an Impact on Learning & Kids. To play on the theme, milk bottles (generously donated by a northwest dairy) have been labeled and placed all over the Northshore School District–meaning Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville. In businesses, in churches, where ever someone might toss in their pocket change to help the cause.
What exactly is the cause? Homeless students. We’re talking kids that, through no fault of their own, cringe when some of the fun things about being a kid come up, because they just don’t have the money. They could be living in a shelter, a relative or friend’s home, because these important years have been far from smooth.
The folks at the Northshore Schools Foundation reached out to me this year and asked if I would produce a video that helps tell their story. So, if you’re up for it and have three minutes, I’d like to invite you to watch it.
If you skipped down to here because you’re too busy, I get it. I’m right there with you. Let me introduce you to this fact–there are 200 homeless kids attending school right now in the Northshore School District. That’s where my kids went and where I’m still quite connected. It’s not a poor community by any means, so it’s hard for me to imagine that homelessness even exists up there.
I figure I know enough people that if I put out the plea and you could spare a dollar, we could really make a big difference in this campaign that wraps up at the end of the month. All the money raised is distributed to principals in the district that have asked teachers to let them know when they discover a kid in need. Maybe its money for a field trip or a book from the book fair, or fees to take a college entrance exam or even some kind of a nice dress so they could attend the prom.
This is a soft ask. I won’t know who kicks in and who doesn’t. If you’re thinking, “Well, those kids are up there. I’d rather help someone in our area.” Do it! Make it happen. We are all so incredibly blessed and lucky for all that we have that this seems like a pretty small way to make a big difference in some young lives.
If you’d like to donate $1 to the M.I.L.K. campaign, just click here.
Yeah, just one dollar.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
P.S. Oh, for Pete’s sake! So, apparently the online donation software can only accept a minimum of $10 donations. So, if you see a jar this week, drop a buck in. Just wanted to pass along some kudos and congratulate all the worker bees behind this cool program.