Greetings friends! So what's new? Well, today I was working on scheduling some more donations. I was also working on getting some items together for the children's holiday party. Michelle, one of our board members, volunteered to help with getting some items and to help distribute the gifts at the party. She suggested that I reach out to the shelter to see if we can get some more info on what items the children would like. We're focusing mostly on toys, but if possible, it would be great to have some guidance on what toys the kids like. Obviously, we don't have the resources for any high end electronics, but it would be nice to match the gifts for what the kids are into. I'm going to email my contact at the shelter tomorrow.
I think that we might not be receiving a grant from one of the foundations that usually donates to us. We applied for a grant in October and they typically have a grant awards dinner in early December which they invite the recipients to attend. The event usually happens on the same day as the monthly women's networking dinner that I attend, so I thought of it last night- we didn't get an invitation to the dinner. That is not a good sign. They've been supporting us for the past 5 years, so I don't know why they wouldn't support us again. I hope that maybe it was an oversight and we are on the list. It is so important to have ongoing annual support- that's how you keep building.
I'm moving along with calendar sales. We are making progress, so that is good. We should be getting some donation checks from police/fire associations who usually buy a bunch to give out to their members. I'm going to keep following up with police/fire associations and with the families whose children are in the calendar.
Well, that's the latest for tonight. I'm off to eat a grapefruit and read for a bit. Until tomorrow friends...