I bet you didn’t know that many Indonesians believe smoking can cure….not cause….cancer, autism, and acne among other things and that there are entire medical practices devoted to “doctors” blowing smoke into your ears and nose. Sign me up.
I bet you didn’t know that in China there is a theme park called The Kingdom of Little People where vertically challenged chinamen live in clay mushroom huts and perform plays.
I bet you didn’t know that in Japan they have “cuddle cafes” where you can pay a teenage girl dressed like a toddler to clean the wax out of your ears.
I purposefully didn’t post links because I want you to read to the end of this post before going down the rabbit hole of Vice News. Bait and switch time.
I wanted to let you know what everyone has been up to this month to support Make Our Day and what a source of encouragement it has been for me as I’m tackling the hurdles I knew were coming this month.
On Oct 3, the generous and classy gentleman of Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) hosted a trivia night at Missouri State and raised over $1,500 to contribute to the Make Our Day tutoring center.
Look at those winners. They look pretty pleased, but not nearly as happy as we are. This contribution makes huge difference to our organization and is enough to keep tutoring, camps, and playdates firing on all cylinders for a month. Thank you so much boys…men….philanthropic young adults…..future of America? I don’t know what to call you.
This was a great connection that Ben and Jay lined up for me I too old and not cool enough to know anyone else on campus, so we need help getting connected with sororities or other campus organizations (any US campus) that make philanthropy part of their mission.
That’s where Mailyn comes in and she is working on non other than……drumroll……community and campus involvement in the Springfield area. If you have a group, business, or church looking for ways to get involved, she wants to talk to you. And actually now that you mention it, we have a quick and painless way for you to get involved right away!
Mailyn has been out there pounding the pavement getting people so excited about our mission in Munchkinland that we are booked solid for Monday Nov 9. Both Panera and Incredible Pizza have graciously pledged to donate up to 30% of sales from any kind hearted, hungry Springfieldian who presents these mobile flyers from 4 – 8pm.
If you can’t make it…or don’t trust yourself at a pizza buffet…we understand BUT good news, you can still contribute to the evening by donating what you would have spent on dinner through our newest donation portal, text to donate. WATCH.
TEXT TO DONATE
Example: “Give 10”
This will not be charged to your cell phone bill. You complete a one time registration with your debit or credit card to give.
Did I make this video? Absolutely not. Charles did. Just another ambitious, talented MSU Bear who sat down across from me at the student union one day and said he wanted to help. Which…I’m not going to lie, (leans in and whispers: a lot of people say that…you get where I’m going with this?) But he followed up and it’s such a relief to have someone I can contact for tech support. I don’t know that he knew quite the level of tech inaptitude he would be working with, but too late now Charles. You will have to change your # if you want the questions to stop.
Of course I want to say thank you and acknowledge everyone for the work they’ve put in, but more than that, I want to say that interacting with everyone who has volunteered gives me the confidence to continue building Make Our Day slowly, steadily and collaboratively and I hope that through collaboration, you each get to keep a piece of it. Whether it be a funny story about how crazy asians are, a task that challenges you, or a trip across the world that changes the whole course of your life. It’s happened before.
If you feel like there is an opportunity for you or your networks to get involved, it would Make Our Day to hear from you. You may go look at Vice news now….right after you email us. firstname.lastname@example.org