Time to polish off a few loose ends that need tended to.
I scribbled a post at work for National Volunteer Week, sharing the great experience we've had with Quincy through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa. Mentioned the drive to raise money for Q's cochlear implant upgrade. A few people at work emailed and said they'd contribute hundreds of bucks to help. Someone else asked how close are we to goal. I checked with his mom two weeks ago, the account was at $6,000. $18,000 will buy a new pair, she said if they trade in the old processors the cost comes down to $10,000. So $4K to go.
It's frustrating that we can't close the gap so he can hear better. So much money is wasted on crap out there, millions of bucks on junk. This is something that will make a noticeable improvement and amp up his hearing by 30%.
The GiveForward drive expired, so his mom opened a Wells Fargo account:
Quincy's Cochlear Fund
Wells Fargo Bank
5880 Merle Hay Rd.
Johnston, IA 50131
A coordinator from BB/BS that sets up a booth at work for people to sign up for volunteer week sent this note. Right on, this is why I wrote it:
I’m one of the mentoring coordinators here at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Last week, I attended the Volunteer Fair and while I was there many of the employees that I spoke with mentioned that a current Big Brother had written a blog on the intranet about his experiences as a Big Brother. After talking with Tim M., the mystery was solved when I learned you were the one that had written the blog. J
First of all, thank you so much for sharing your experiences! It couldn’t have come at a more perfect time and I honestly credit it for so many people stopping by our table at the volunteer fair to inquire about BBBS. Second, is there any possibility you could send me a copy of the blog you wrote? And would you be okay with us posting it onto our website?Birds
Mama bird and her three chicks wove a condo on my downspout. Daughter and I have been following their little family the last several weeks. I'll write a post with more, one chick passed (neighborhood funeral), but the other two are strong and nearly ready to fly the nest.
Liz's First 5K
She did it! Liz completed the Brambleton 5K over Memorial weekend. I asked her to send a finish photo, this is what I got. Told her I didn't realize she's balding:
Silly, then she sent this, her at the end with a group of friends from church:
"It sure was fun. Thanks for the motivation. 3 months ago I would have laughed if someone said I would be participating in a 5k. Hopefully, my next one I will run instead of walk. I will continue training all summer. I am no:163 with the rest of the team from church.
Thanks again Coach."
Let me know if anybody else is hoping to run your first 5K this year. We can do another 10 week training set this summer or fall.
B&P Bento Box
I'm busy putting together a limited number of B&P Bento Boxes that will soon be available for sale. They'll house small amounts of high quality Des Moines goodies: Graziano's Italian spice, Gong Fu loose tea, homemade Beaverdale marshmallows and local roasted whole coffee beans. I think you'll like the mix of tasty treats unique to this area. The 'mallows are ridiculous, in a good way.