I will be setting up a “gofundme” account by Friday of this week. I will be posting a link to that page on this blog and promote it on my social media accounts. In addition I will begin to plan a fundraising event. I am quite nervous that people wouldn’t come to an event;furthermore, I need to make sure that it is desirable to attend. I would need to raise a few thousand dollars which could be challenging. I noticed that the organization’s web page features an event that will be occurring in a few months. It would be beneficial if I could raise money for my event on their website. It makes me nervous that at this point in my project I am doubting that I am pursuing the best idea. I think that drawing would be much more simple and perhaps more enjoyable. I feel stressed out by this project because I seriously doubt that I will be able to pull it off. It requires other people to support my cause, and I don’t have faith that others will support this. I’ve been working on this idea for the past two weeks and although I care deeply about the situation in the Middle East, I am losing faith in my idea. I guess it’s safe to say that I would much rather pursue my drawing idea but I feel obligated to do otherwise. I hope to talk with my peers about this dilemma and sort this project out.
First of all, I would like to apologize for having my blog post up later than I had originally anticipated. I know in my last post I said that this would be up by Wednesday but unfortunately I have been sick for the majority of this past week. Despite all of this, I have been researching the refugee meal packing event and I have a pretty good idea of what I will need to do in order to host this event. I would like to work with the Kids Against Hunger organization because that is the same group that helped with the event at my church. They do not have a satellite location in New York State so I am emailing my parish priest to see which location helped to put on the event at our church. I know that I would need to raise a few thousand dollars to fund this event, which seems like a large number but I think that I am capable of doing this. I will be setting up a gofundme page and promoting my project on social media. Additionally I might try some smaller fundraisers to raise money. I also have thought about organizing a charity event to help raise money for this meal packing. If I was to set up a charity event I would need the support of others. I think that if I organized something nice enough I could potentially make a lot of money through either ticket sales, a contest, or some sort of sale. I have also decided that if I do not meet my fundraising goal I will donate all proceeds to organizations that help Syrian refugees like Save the Children, Doctors Without Boarders, The White Helmets, or Islamic Relief USA. Hopefully I will be able to come up with a more concrete fundraising plan within the next few days. I am hoping to have this up by Wednesday.
(The photograph above is from the First United Methodist Church)
This has been a turbulent week in our country. The recent immigration restrictions mean that there are fewer places for Middle Eastern refugees to go. Last week I made the decision to move forward with the drawing idea, however I’m having a change of heart. I am deeply saddened by the seemingly hopeless condition of our world. All politics aside, there are people in the Middle East suffering, in desperate need of assistance. My heart aches for humanity. The color of our skin, the language we speak, the religion we practice, the national boundaries we lie behind, these things don’t determine our worth. Everyone on this planet deserves to have basic human rights, and unfortunately that is not alway the case. Most Americans today cannot fathom the horror these men, women, and children endure on a daily basis. It is so easy to be a bystander. It is easy to stand back and watch events unfold, to pity those in crisis, and do nothing to help. It is easy for us to see ourselves as powerless in situations like these, but we all have the power to make a difference. I realize that I have to do what I can to help these people, to improve our world for the better. I would need to raise 4000 dollars to fund a meal packing event, but I am ready for the challenge. It will be difficult, but I have to try. I was intimidated by the idea but I know this is the right thing to do. I will be posting again by Wednesday, to outline my fundraising plans and my end goal.