As you know, we ran a fairly successful crowd-fund campaign called “Tilt the Attic” a couple of months ago. We needed $70,000 to reach our goal, which is about half of the total bill for renovating the attic. We collected approximately 10% of that $70,000. Not bad, I’d say, considering people donated with no desire to get anything in return. I’d say that’s worth cheering.
However, we are still working hard at raising the rest of the money. So far, we’ve written checks for about $90,000 of the original $140,000. However, once the electricians got into the attic, they discovered several fire hazards which required all of the wiring in the house be replaced, to the tune of $17,000 (they actually knocked it down from $24,000). This, of course, tends to be par for the course with older homes.
Even though the Tilt campaign ended, I immediately started a GoFundMe campaign but debated for some time as to whether or not I really wanted to go back and do what feels like “begging” for money. Both Jessica and I have always believed that if you want or need something, you figure out a way to earn it, but always be willing to help others in need. So, asking others for help is pretty difficult for us. But this is not about us. This is about giving kids stability. It’s about giving kids the love and lessons they need to go out into the world and make it a better place. These are things we know we can do and (I think) we’re pretty good at it. I might even go so far as to say it could very well be our calling. So, essentially, we have to put our pride aside and just go for it. Kids don’t get any younger (and we adults certainly don’t!), so the sooner we can act with them, the better off they are!
With all the above said, and after careful consideration. I have decided to actually publicly announce the campaign. And I would encourage you to consider it or, even if the thought moves you but you are not in a position to help financially, share it with people you know. A little word of mouth can go a LONG way and doesn’t cost a thing.
You can find information about the campaign here. And we would really appreciate any help you can give.