Despite snow, poor driving conditions, and the danger of excess, November is a generous time when we all show our appreciation for family, friends, and strangers. #GivingTuesday, an event that takes place on the heels of Thanksgiving and in the start-up of holiday shopping frenzy, began in 2012 as a collaborative way to raise the profile of nonprofits during the gift-giving season. This year, RLF will participate in #GivingTuesday, raising funds for our inaugural local community TBI awareness programs being planned for March, 2019 at medical centers in Central Ohio.
Spearheaded by two RLF Board members, Col. (Ret.) Owen Lee (USA, Medical Corps), MD, and Chris Brown, MD, MPH, the events will aim to increase awareness of TBI and of resources for TBI in two specific local communities. At Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark, Ohio, and Adena Health Care in Chilicothe, Ohio, the programs will include TBI/ PTSD screenings and educational sessions on TBI, providing resources to connect vets and their families to other local agencies.
Beyond #GivingTuesday, as you shop for groceries, party supplies, gifts, and clothing, you can provide our veterans’ programs with a percentage of your spending, at no cost to you. Shoppers in the Columbus, Ohio area can link their Kroger Rewards Card to RLF (we are organization 91686) and a percentage of your dollars spent will be donated to our programs. Or, if you are an Amazon shopper, enter the site through https://smile.amazon.com and choose Resurrecting Lives Foundation as your charity before you shop – Amazon will donate .05% of all your purchases to RLF.
And thank you to the most generous small town in America, Scopus, Missouri, who raised $8000 for RLF’s programs with a community fest in August. Read the whole story here to find out how even the chickens helped out!