Breaking the Golden Rule, somebody has to do it

I’m going to break the Golden Rule with this piece. But, it has to be done. For the past year and a half, Grand Strand Sports Report has been hit over and over and over with requests to help different organizations raise money. The requests come from teachers, parents, coaches, booster clubs, students, and friends.

The policy has always been to apologize, but decline the offer. Once you open that door, where does it stop? It doesn’t.  So, in all fairness and to continue to deliver a news based product, we’ve always declined. In fact, when members of our own staff want to make a request, the answer has always been the same. “I’m sorry, but we can’t.”

As many of you know, I’ve volunteered for the Horry County Special Olympics for the past few years. It’s an amazing time of bringing so much joy to so many kids in our area.  To see the excitement in these kids eyes is very moving. And, the parents are so grateful that for one day a year, their kid gets to forget about everything and just have fun. Again, it’s a really amazing experience for all involved and I recommend that you volunteer to help with the Spring Games this year on March 22nd at 10am.

But, I am not breaking the Golden Rule to ask you to volunteer. I’m breaking the rule because the Special Olympics needs our help Right Now. Not next week, or next month, or next year. Right, Now.

I’ve recently learned that the Special Olympics needs $175 to purchase award ribbons to give out to the participants. It’s such a small amount, unless you don’t have it. What will this money go to? Directly to ordering 1st through 6th place ribbons for the Elementary-Adult athletes and for the younger athletes, Participation Ribbons.

Your money will directly impact these athletes by putting a smile on their face, a ribbon on their chest that they can proudly show off, and a lifetime of memories. If you can imagine how proud these athletes feel while receiving these ribbons, this is an easy donation. If you can imagine how proud they are to walk around the competition area with it on their chest, how proud they are to show and tell anyone that will listen, and then take to it home to proudly display it in their room for all to see.

Each of these ribbons cost 42 cents. That’s it. 42 cents for a smile, and memory. In actuality, the cost is priceless. I’ve seen the look, I’ve talked to the kids, I’ve listened to the stories, and now I’m asking you to help these kids experience that happiness.

The giving might not be easy. You may have to make an effort. You may actually have to drive to Socastee High School to deliver the check. But, you’ll be making a direct impact. Please help.

In addition to the ribbons, the Special Olympics has informed me that they need cases of bottled water to give to the athletes and volunteers. These can be dropped off at Socastee High School during school hours or they will be glad to arrange pick up at the grocery store of your choice.

Any amount will help towards the purchase of these ribbons. If you can help in any way, please contact Jennifer Ainsworth on her Facebook page. Here’s the link http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.g.ainsworth.  Or you can email her at jena216@yahoo.com.

Please, step up and help this organization. These kids will thank you.  Now, back to invoking the Golden Rule.

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One response to “Breaking the Golden Rule, somebody has to do it”

  1. Bobbei says:

    If you are going to break the rule, what an awesome way to do it!!! Can’t wait to volunteer and see this amazing event take place!

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