I felt so honored that this individual sent us this coveted $10 bill. There was clearly a message in the note, even though I am alone, I can still help others in different circumstances than mine. Clearly in a time of loneliness, this donor performed one of the highest acts of tzedakah, righteousness, by anonymously helping someone whom they do not know. There is nothing they can receive in return, other than the good feeling of helping others.
We do really mean it when we say every dollar and every donor make a difference. This $10 is the perfect example of this. Our collective annual campaign, this $10 and every other pledge, fuels our community. All of the generosity from our donors ensures that people have food on their tables, that our children receive a quality education, that we are able to fight antisemitism, that we can support seniors and families and so much more. Every dollar makes a difference. Our 89-year-old donor knew it and we hope you do too.
This is one of the many reasons that we launched the 80/80 challenge this year. We are trying to close at least 80% of the annual campaign by December 31. This will ensure that we are able to plan properly for our community so that we can provide funding to the agencies and programs on which we all rely on, every day.
As you think about your bright spots, we hope you will consider the opportunity to support our Federation’s annual campaign as one of the many ways you can help others have bright spots too. Your support helps all of us thrive now, in the tough days, and all year long. We are at 58% and we hope you can help us hit our goal. If you have already given, THANK YOU!
We thank you for your support. Every donor, every dollar matters. All of our community members are bright spots for me. I am so grateful to work on your behalf. When we talk about gratitude at our very small immediate family Thanksgiving next week, you will all be a part of my long list of blessings.