I received a letter today from a woman who organized a fundraiser for Renee Giefer, who had a kidney and pancreas transplant in December. She let me know that almost $15,000 was raised to help Renee and her husband Jerry with the expenses involved in such a traumatic surgery. Wow!
A few minutes after I read the letter, I had a visit from Worthington Police Officer Jacki Dawson, who informed me that the Cop on Top fundraiser for Special Olympics Minnesota raised more than $9,200. She had set a goal of $7,500. Awesome!
It is overwhelming to know how generous people can be. In a time in our lives when the economy is weak and people are cutting costs where ever possible, they still have the heart and soul to donate to those in need and support causes they feel are important.
It makes me downright proud to be part of the human race. Way to go, humans.
It is interesting that both of these fundraisers had a way to touch my heart. I have a daughter who has a chronic kidney disease and could likely need a transplant someday, and I used to be a Special Olympics coach. Knowing that there are people out there who care enough about others to maybe sacrifice something they want in order to support something they believe in is a great feeling.
When you spend your day researching and writing about theft, burglary, drugs, selfishness, assault and violence, hearing about acts of kindness is a bit of a balm to the soul. And since I generally don’t get gratitude from the murderers, dealers, crooks and meth heads I write about (although I do get cranky phone calls and anonymous threats), it is nice to get a “thank you” now and then.