Help us raise three $1,000 grants for NICU families! … you donate, we bike
Hi Friends & Family!!
As many of you know, Jessica & I welcomed our son Sam into the world 4 months early. Because of this we spent a third of the year at the hospital waiting for our son to be healthy enough to bring home. During those months, it was extremely grueling & we had to depend on our friends, colleagues & family to help support us. Looking back we realized that we were so blessed & grateful for everyone’s generosity in 2017!
While at the hospital we met dozens of families in different circumstances & in MUCH NEED. Because medical bills (out of pockets) can climb over $12,000+, it puts families in challenging positions financially. While praying for several families we know in the NICU, God put on our hearts to do a fundraiser to help provide grants that would cover basic needs for families going through medical crisis in the NICU (i.e. help with rent, monthly mortgage payment, food, transportation, parking costs). We know & hear of the challenges, & with your help, we hope to alleviate theses stresses for families.
Our goal for spring of 2018 is to raise three $1,000 grants for three families, and we are asking for your help!!! SO for every DOLLAR donated, we will BIKE 1 mile between Jessica, myself, and Sam (when he can fit on a baby bike seat).
Because we were locked up inside our house all winter (due to premature birth & flu season), we couldn’t get outside much. So to raise these grants, we thought about enjoying family time on our bikes when it warms up (trips to friends houses, parks for picnics, grocery runs, out to eat in the neighborhood, to coffee shops). The days are getting lighter, so we’re looking forward to getting outside together.
To put the donations in perspective with our biking pledges:
A $5 donation would send me to Trader Joes to get produce (5 total miles there & back = 5 miles).
A $10 donation would send Jessica & Sam to Target to get diapers (5 total miles there & back x 2 people = 10 miles)
A $15 donation would send Jessica, Samuel & myself to Como Lake to do a picnic in the park (5 total miles there & back x 3 people = 15 miles).
A $40 donation would send me to work (40 total miles there & back x 1 person = 40 miles)
Every DOLLAR donated is tax-deductable, as it will go to the Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program. The program is a 501(c) 3 & will distribute these grants to families in the NICU. Families in need will apply, and those in greatest need will receive the $1,000 grant.
Lastly, we have an anonymous person who will match every dollar donated with a 35 cent donation! This means if we hit our goal of $3,000, we could provide a fourth $1,000 grant!
We hope you will participate with even a $1 donation!
& Lyn Olson Medical Crisis Program
Here is a link to our video on youtube: