Day 188 - $7,002


Everyone tell your friends and family! Thursday October 28th - the only place to be is a B&D Skating for the Give One Million for St. Jude Skating Spooktacular! for only $5 a person, you can skate, munch on some ghostly treats, play some spooky games, and win some killer prizes. We will be having a costume contest for adults and kids. Yes, there will be kids there, so dress appropriately :) The party starts at 6:30 P.M. - and goes until 8:30 P.M. You pay at the door, but I'll still be sending out a Facebook invite. But I need your help to spread the word. If we can get at least 100 people there. We get $2 per person donated to St. Jude. Soooo mark it on your calender now! OCTOBER 28th!!!
So we have some other events coming up as well. The big one is the Potato Sale in Idaho on Oct 23rd. I will give more information as it comes - We're just working out some details before we make the big announcement.
Also... If you live anywhere in or by Blue Springs, MO, I will be at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee on Oct 23rd as well collection donations at the entrance.
I'm going to add all this to the upcoming events section on the left. We need to start thinking about and planning Thanksgiving/Chirstmas fundraisers or events right now. Do you have any ideas of something you could do to raise money for Give One Million??? Send me an email, or a note on Facebook, and let me know.
Last. If you're reading this... please donate. Donations have slowed down for some reason lately. Please make my day, and donate what you can today. It only takes a minute, and you'll not only help us reach our goal of one million dollars, but you'll be helping the kids of St. Jude.
OK. I think that jsut about covers everything for now. Oh yea... Fans??? Where you at? We are so close to reaching 600 fans on FB!!! Please invite your friends to like the GOM FB page. and if you have a google account FOLLOW THIS BLOG!!! Hmmm I just thought of an idea... maybe I will make a link you can click on that will make the GOM blog your homepage...
OK, It's late. I'm out.

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Day 186 - $7,002

Well folks... We've reached the half way mark. Can you believe we've been doing Give One Million for St. Jude for 6 months!?!? Time flies when you're having fun I guess.

Back in March when this all started. I had no idea how this would all work out... We just wanted to make a difference, and had an idea. Now that we're 6 months into it, I'm still "learning on the job" and trying to figure this out. We're doing the best we can to reach our goal of One Million in One Year, and want to send a big thanks to everyone that has helped out so far!!!

We've worked at Sonic
We've had a 5K
We've had garage sales
We've had a bowl-a-thon
We've made movies
We've put donation cans at businesses
We've held up signs on steet corners
We've handed out fliers
And lot more...

Some idea's have worked... and some haven't. But Thanks to everyone's help and support we have raised over $7,000 for the kids of St. Jude!!! And even though that's not as much as we were hoping for to this point. It's Still $7,000 more St. Jude has that they didn't before we began. Like I said when we started this, "No matter what the outcome - We can't fail."

Now that we're half way there. We can look back and see how far we've come. We'll learn from our mistakes and keep moving forward. We have a lot of projects in the works, and events coming up. So you better hold on, because the next six months is going to be bigger and better! Here's to the next 6 months of Give One Million! Let's reach our goal! One Million, here we come!!!!!!!!!

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Day 179 - $6,798

So I think we came up with our next big Idea for a fundraiser. We are going to throw a huge Give One Million Halloween Party!!! No details yet. I've been thinking about it for a few days now, but just decided to go forward with it. There will be games, prizes for the best costume, Raffle, food, and fun. Don't have details on the location, date, and price yet. (I think I will be charging a small cover, and that's how we'll raise the money for St. Jude.)

I'll let you know as soon as I find a place and set a date.

BTW... Our party will be somewhere here in the Blue Springs area... but to my other fellow Give One Millionaires out there... A Halloween party would be a great idea for a fundraiser to do in your town!!! Start planning it now. If you do put one together - let me know, and I'll let everyone know about it on the blog.

Last... Donations... we need them. They have kind of slowed down. I'm still sending out emails, and trying to contact news/media people to spread the word, but I'm not having nearly as much luck as I would like. In the mean time, I just hope those visiting will be kind enough to leave us a donation showing your support - and helping us reach one million dollars in one year for St. Jude!

Talk Soon,

David

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Day 175 - $6,774

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Day 173 - $6,774

So I've been doing a lot of brainstorming lately. Or I guess you would say thinking. I'm trying to think of the next big fundraiser I want to tackle for Give One Million. In the mean time, I'm trying to do as many small things as possible. You know... send emails. Set up a donation booth at Hy-Vee. Update my Facebook. But I want to think of something big for the next event. Something that can put us over the $10,000 mark! But what could it be.... Hmmmm. I'll let you know soon what I come up with.

So how are everyone else's Give One Million for St. Jude projects coming along? If you need any help or ideas just send me an email. I'd be more than happy to help.

Everyone - don't forget to email your friends and family about Give One Million. Ask them to donate. Every little bit counts.

Thanks everyone for your support. We can reach our goal of one million in one year!

Talk Soon,

David

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Day 172 - $6,774

There's always something you want. Something you need to buy. Something you have to do. Helping others is usually an afterthought. Always pushed aside. Always tomorrow.

Everyone likes a good cause, but few actually like to help.

Few are willing to act.

I made a conscious decision to change that. To not be like that... even if it's just for one year. And sometimes I feel like I'm walking a lonely path. I can't seem to get people to walk with me. To follow me. To join me.

A smart man told me I shouldn't "Should" on people. "He should do this, or he should do that." "She should be this way, or she should have helped me.". Etc.

It's hard not to do that when you feel like you're doing everything you can for something good - and it seems like nobody is even paying attention. I think a lot of people should have done a lot of stuff by now - but they haven't. I'm trying not to let it get me down. I'm trying not to think like that. I'm always trying to stay positive. I think for the most part I am. I just remember those who have helped out so much up to this point.

But we have a long way to go...

"Someone else" isn't going to donate.
"Someone else" isn't going to organize the fundraiser.
"Someone else" isn't going to send an email.
"Someone else" isn't going to tell their friends.
"Someone else" isn't going to give up their time.

YOU have to do it. I need YOUR help!

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Day 170 - $6,774

The half way mark is fast approaching...

You might be thinking to yourself, "$6,774 is nowhere near one million dollars David!"

Well... To be honest, I'm thinking the same thing. But that's no reason to quit! I'm still working at Give One Million just as much as I was on day one.... Just ask my wife and kids. I know that if I don't keep working 100% - I can't expect others to keep working with me. I see this as a no fail goal. We can't fail... No matter what the outcome is... I think the world, and more specifically the kids at St. Jude are better off becuase of what we've done no matter the amount.

Just keep in mind... All it takes is one big break. One Donation. To take this goal from something that seems unacheivable, to actually reaching our goal of one million in one year for St. Jude.

I spoke with the Assistant Manager at Hy-Vee today. I think I will be able to set up a donation table there next Saturday. It's not for sure, but It's looking good.

There is one thing everyone can do for me. Send emails. Send them to your family, your friends, and everyone you know. Ask them to donate.

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Day 166 - $6,774

Big Milestone!!! We passed 500 fans on Facebook! Thanks to everyone that is following there. If you have a google account, don't forget to follow this blog as well. And don't forget about Twitter...

I'm still sick, but I think I'm almost over it. But... I finally finished the Bowl-A-Thon video. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to pass it on to your friends and family. For those of you out there planning Give One Million events - be sure to take video and pics and send them to me so I can post them on the blog. And that reminds me... I NEED volunteers to help. If you have some extra time on your hands let me know. I can fill it up!

Enjoy the video:

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Day 161 - $6,774

Thanks for the donation! Tell Oma and Opa thank you. We truely appreciate their support. It was nice to see that donation - because I've been under the weather the last few days. So that was a nice pick-me-up.

So yes... sorry you haven't seen much from me - I've been sick. Once we get the kids in bed, I've just been crashing. We were planning to get some donations tonight at Bike Night @ Side Pockets... but it got rained out - So hopefully we can do it next week. I Promise, I'm still working on the bowling video and the 2x2 campain video... We just had a couple day setback because of this bug.

I set up a meeting on Facebook to try and get others involved with some stuff here in Blue Springs. Well... It didn't work out so well. Nobody came. No worris though. We're just going to keep on keepin' on!

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