Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County
When I was in high school, I watched a 60 Minutes program that had a very wealthy elderly gentleman that grew up in the slums of New York. He began a program for the high school that he went to where he would pay for college for any child that had perfect attendance and that got all A’s. The episode that I watched showed three generations of children he had helped. There were kids that were still in high school, kids that were in college, and adults that had graduated from college and were now professionals. When I watched that episode, it so touched me that I told myself that I would like to do that one day. Since I am not wealthy enough yet to pay for children’s college educations, the Boys and Girls Clubs is the next best thing.
My motivation for serving is that I think children are innocent and have boundless potential. They don’t choose the circumstances that they were born into. They can choose the future that they want, though. Too many children find themselves in conditions that seem impossible to get out of. They lose hope and then turn to crime and destructive behavior. Anything that I can do to break this cycle and give children the tools and the hope to improve their circumstances, I want to do.
Donate to the Boys & Girls Club I also believe that the best charity is the one that helps someone when they strive to help themselves. When someone works for something, I believe that they value it more.
I support the Boys and Girls Clubs because they fit both of my criteria. They help children and the help is only given when it is wanted and earned.
The Boys and Girls Clubs are amazingly successful at helping children understand the importance of their school work and at helping them see that they can go to college. For many of these children, that notion was completely alien. Once in the Clubs, they are given a nurturing environment and positive role models. They then can see that there is a way out and that there is opportunity for them and that they can have a bright future.
If, by supporting the Clubs, more of these children stay out of trouble and go to college, then I could not be happier.
Where I feel I can help this worthy cause the most is in fund-raising. Last year, with the new matching programs that we designed and implemented, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collin County raised $250,000 and set a record for the amount of money raised. This initial success has motivated me to want to do even more so that we can break those records and help even more children.
It fills my heart with joy and my eyes with tears when I see children that could have been lost become productive, successful members of society. Before I die, I hope to help thousands of children achieve their potential.