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*** UPDATED x4 *** #GivingTuesday in memory of Wordslinger

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019

* Today is GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world on December 3, 2019 and every day.

It was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

So, with that in mind, I encourage you to donate today to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. We all know how important the foster care program is, and LSSI is on the front lines

LSSI provides placement and casework services for children who have been removed from their families because of abuse and/or neglect. The goal of LSSI’s foster care services is to return the child back to his or her family. Services include training and licensing for foster families. Foster parents, working with LSSI, support the child’s connection to his or her family by providing transportation to or hosting sibling visits, and visiting with parents when the child welfare team mutually agrees upon this.

Children who cannot be safely reunited with their families may become available for adoption.

LSSI is the largest statewide provider of foster care services in Illinois. Approximately 10 percent of Illinois children under the guardianship of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are served by LSSI.

Those services cost money. Yes, LSSI does receive government funding, but they also rely on donations. So, please, click here and donate to LSSI today. I will match the first $1,000.

And, remember, we’re doing this fundraiser in Wordslinger’s memory. I’m hoping to arrange a meet and greet reception with Wordslinger’s family during the upcoming spring session. That’ll give you a chance to tell them how you donated to LSSI because you respected him so much. Please, click here.

*** UPDATE 1 *** A generous anonymous donor just contributed $1,000. Wow! I contributed my pledged matching amount, so we’re now up to $3,170 of our $5,000 goal. Thanks to everyone! Now, let’s hit that target! Click here.

*** UPDATE 2 *** Wordslinger’s brother just texted to say that it would’ve been Word’s 56th birthday today. Wow. What a great coincidence! Please click here to donate.

*** UPDATE 3 *** Holy moly, we reached our interim $5,000 goal. That was fast. I’ve increased it to $6,000. Click here and let’s keep this going! Thanks!!!

*** UPDATE 4 *** Well, we reached our second goal, so I’ve bumped it up again. Please click here and donate if you haven’t done so already. Thanks!!!

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments »
  1. - thunderspirit - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 10:49 am:

    Wordslinger meant something to me, as much as a person you’ve never met can matter. So, it ain’t much, but under the pretense that every little bit helps…


  2. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 11:00 am:

    God Bless. Think about his biting commentary everyday.


  3. - Annonin - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 11:16 am:

    Done
    BTW SenateD Spox John Patterson has a great Facebook posting that leads to a very worthwhile fundraising cause that features a match TODAY only. Chase it down


  4. - Bertrum Cates - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 11:21 am:

    Having government funding means they are providing a valuable service, paying the upfront costs to do so, and waiting half-of-a-year to be reimbursed. A lot can happen in that time, in that ongoing cycle, outside of the political arena to jeopardize an organization’s sustainability.

    Donated. Thank you, Rich. Thank you, Oxnevad family. Rest in power, ’slinger.


  5. - JoanP - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 11:47 am:

    =under the pretense that every little bit helps=

    That’s not a pretense. It all adds up.


  6. - Amalia - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 12:07 pm:

    is this fundraiser instead of the annual speech?


  7. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 12:20 pm:

    === Wordslinger’s brother just texted to say that it would’ve been Word’s 56th birthday today. Wow. What a great coincidence===

    Pure kismet.

    His unmatched ways, they are missed.


  8. - Southsider - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 12:26 pm:

    LSSI is such a worthy organization and I love that you’re doing it in honor of Wordslinger. Great way to make a difference on Giving Tuesday


  9. - JoanP - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    Awesome that it would have been his birthday.

    I’m glad I am in a position to help you reach your goal.


  10. - The Most Anonymous - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 2:42 pm:

    56. So young. Thank you for organizing this and reminding us about what’s truly important in life.


  11. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Dec 3, 19 @ 4:32 pm:

    Rich, we need a new goal. :)


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