A great time for a worthy cause

Posted: 26th September 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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It’s not everyday you get to help someone.

There aren’t too many opportunities to do something good for someone you’ve never met.

But I had that chance last week.

I received a call a while ago asking if I would be involved in the March of Dimes Jail & Bail.

A couple of my friends were going to do it, so I decided it would be fun.

And hey, I could do something to help make the world a better place.

So I started to raise funds. The goal they wanted for each of us was $1,000. Now, I’m a pretty optimistic person, but I knew that was going to be a challenge.

I started small. I got a few dollars from each of my co-workers and went from there.

I contacted my friends and family. Slowly but surely, I was able to inch closer and closer to my goal.

Finally, the day arrived.

I was to report to “jail” at the Worthington Pizza Ranch.

I showed up, not really sure what to expect.

They took a picture of us with the white and black striped shirt, like we really were in jail.

Then it was time to make some calls. I dialed a few people and raised a few more dollars.

I ended up a little short of my goal. But I felt pretty good about my effort.

Of course, I donated to my own cause, but I was able to help raise funds. All throughout the day, others were doing the same thing I did. I was curious how much we collectively raised.

Well, a day later, I got my answer.

I received a letter in the mail with the total. We had raised more than $15,500 during the day.

The funds we raised went to fund the NICU Family Support Program. According to the letter we received, “This program provides comfort, support, tools and resources for families with a child in the neonatal intensive care unit.”

To be able to help those when the need it most is what life is about. I’m happy I was able to make a small difference.

But more importantly, I want to thank those who donated to the March of Dimes — whether it was to me or not — during the Jail & Bail day.

It’s not those who went to “jail” who made the difference, but rather the hundreds of supports all across the town, state and region.