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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW OF MOM'S CAMPAIGN

I'm in the process of completing Mom's Crowdrise campaign and thought this might be a good time for a review.

What started out as a whim, continued as a "why not?", and will conclude as an "at least I tried". I was thinking, as the challenge of getting total strangers to notice seemed impossible, why bother? After all, we weren't destitute, there wasn't a life and death need, and I wasn't in the habit of begging for money.

There was one very GOOD reason.  Her name is Helga and she is the inspiration for how I can step outside of the norm. Mom hasn't maintained her capabilities over the last year. I have written about it [here]. I am constantly reminded that time is passing quicker than I hoped. I do not have the luxury of waiting to do the things we wanted to do until we can afford it. We either do these soon or we won't be able to. The biggest item is to travel.

No, this isn't a NEED, it's a WANT. I don't know anyone who wouldn't try and make their parents lives happier if they could. I do all I can but the largest hurdle is affordability. While I don't enjoy asking for donations or help in spreading the word, it is a small price to pay for attempting to improve Mom's days.

I feel as if it IS a worthy cause but I know there are many. I can't expect EVERYONE to contribute financially, but my hope is that most will want to help one way or another. It could be as simple as sharing a link.

Those that HAVE given include some of my best friends. I didn't anticipate their wanting to help in that way but it IS much appreciated. We stand at around 10% of the goal. Some might view this as a loss, but I see it differently. I see that if I DIDN'T try this AT ALL, I would have NOTHING to put towards Mom's travels.

I am making one last push to try and get closer to the original goal. How did I come up with the number? I calculated all the expenses of a trip to California and Germany, using VERY conservative spending habits. Since I was depending on others, I couldn't see using up the funds in a stupid way. We will limit what we do and how we do it, just to make it last longer. We may not get to Cali, but we WILL go SOMEWHERE so that Mom can see more of the country than she has so far.

Why should it matter when her memory won't allow it to stay? I can only say that the joy she gets while on the road is unlike any other. She is happy around the house, but much more so when she is gazing out the window, passing by some new sights and looking forward to the next.

I hope you can help - one way or another. It is truly appreciated and will not be forgotten by me!





Helga's Adventures In Whereverland on Crowdrise

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