But before I depart, I want to remind you that it is always the season of…
Paying it forward.
The Spare A Rose, Save A Child campaign begins February 1.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of the lucky people who have access to the life-giving insulin that keeps our blood glucose from skyrocketing, causing sickness and complications, and even death to People With Diabetes. You may pay a lot for it, but you have access to it. In fact, you may have a ready supply in your refrigerator at home right now. This morning, I counted 8 vials of this life-sustaining medicine in my fridge.
But you know, there are a lot of kids who do not have access to insulin, let alone a refrigerator, and for them, a diabetes diagnosis could be a death sentence. That’s where you and I come in.
Really, what they’re doing is helping to save the lives of Children With Diabetes in 49 countries around the world who would be facing an extremely bleak future if you or I didn’t act, now. The idea is simple:
Have a special one in your life? Would you send roses to that person this Valentine’s Day? Going on the premise that one rose would cost about five dollars (US)… If, instead, you donated that five dollars, that cost of one rose, to the IDF’s Life for a Child program, you could help them purchase insulin for a child in a developing country for an entire month.
It’s that easy to see how your donation can make a difference. Five dollars saves the life of one child, for one month. But why stop there? By that math, the cost of one dozen roses could help a child live for an entire year! Last year, donations totaled enough to provide a year’s worth of insulin for 454 children while raising over $27,000. Can we do even better this year? With your help and my help, I think we can.
This year, there’s even a way you can set up an automatic monthly donation via your bank card. Imagine looking at your bank statement each month and saying to yourself “Power bill, auto loan, Oh, look at that… there’s where I saved the life of a child (or two, or five, or ten) this month”. How freakin’ powerful is that?
And hey, can you do one more thing? Can you let the world know about it? I mean, why should you and I be the only ones out there saving lives? Let’s help others get in on the action too. Be sure to share the Spare A Rose campaign everywhere you have a social media footprint, and at work and school too. Share the giving link and the #SpareARose hashtag liberally. For more ideas on how you can help spread the message, go to SpareARose.org.
Five bucks, one child, one month of life. That’s a very measurable way to put a value to how you can make the difference– a life-sustaining difference– right now, today.